Their individual “albums are well-crafted and thoroughly intriguing in their own right, but dance-pop is a medium that is driven by hit singles.” STE As such, this collection of “the duo’s numerous hit singles…in their original 7" single mix, which occasionally varies from the album version, particularly in the case of the Introspective material,” STE makes for “makes a compelling case for the notion of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe as pioneers, if not geniuses.” SG The duo have the gift of “mixing the cold feel of Euro-techno beats with the Boys’ quest for something warm between the sheets.” SG
Presented chronologically, “Discography begins with the Pet Shop Boys’ beginning, West End Girls, traveling past Domino Dancing and including their cover [of] Always on My Mind,” SG which had been best known previously as a huge country crossover ballad for Willie Nelson.
“The singles not only demonstrate the band’s increasing musical sophistication, they illustrate what fine songwriters Tennant and Lowe are. These 18 songs form one of the most consistent and innovative bodies of work of its era. Some of the production techniques have dated slightly, but the music has remained impressive.” STE
“What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Suburbia sound almost soulful. Although they seemed to be suffering from a terminal case of boredom, they managed to alchemize their ennui into touching sentimentality in Love Comes Quickly, Rent, and, especially, the AIDS-oriented Being Boring.” SG
New tracks DJ Culture and Was It Worth It? are also added as well as “the Pet Shop Boys cover version of U2’s hit Where the Streets Have No Name, which later in the song breaks into the chorus of The Four Seasons’ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” WK