jasonjohn wrote: ↑Wed 18 Jan 2023, 6:49 am
But Nightlife and Bilingual both had some exceptional pop moments. I don't see them as "decline"
Compared to the near faultlessness of Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour and Very, it's hard not to.
Obviously taste is a subjective matter, but I'd be quite confident that if Pet Shop Boys fans ranked their albums, the majority would have Nightlife, Release and likely even Bilingual in the bottom half of that ranking.
To have a run of three consecutive albums that would fall within the bottom half a band's career output is not an insignificant low-point (and that's to say nothing about the musical).
It's great to be a fan of their works, but this isn't an Erasure forum where we unrealistically give everything 11/10. It's fine to think that some songs and albums are relatively stronger or weaker than others, and I think 1994-2002 was a period where the "hits and misses" ratio was at its worst. Others are welcome to disagree.