"Introspective" is the third studio album by the English synth'pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in October 1988 and is the Pet Shop Boys' second best selling album, selling over 4.5 million copies worldwide. (Their fifth studio album, "Very" sold more than 5 million copies worldwide).
Perhaps the biggest change in Pet Shop Boys' sound evident on this album is an increasing attention to orchestration using real orchestras, particularly on the Trevor Horn produced "Left to My Own Devices", which took months to produce.
The album was unusual in that it completely reversed the typical process by which pop/dance acts released singles. Instead of releasing an album of regular-length (3-5 minute) songs, then releasing more lengthy remixes of those songs on subsequent singles, "Introspective" was released as an LP consisting of songs that all lasted six minutes or more. Songs from the album that were released as shorter, more radio-friendly mixes. Of the four tracks on the album that were released as singles "Left to My Own Devices", "Domino Dancing", "Always on My Mind", (which was released prior to the album) and "It's Alright", none was released as a radio single in the same form that they appeared on the album.
It is also notable that of the six tracks on the album only two were actually written specifically for this project, those being "Left to My Own Devices" and "Domino Dancing". "Always on My Mind" and "It's Alright" are both cover versions, "I Want a Dog" is a song that appeared as a B-side of the single "Rent" and "I'm Not Scared" is their own version of a song they had previously written for Patsy Kensit's pop group Eighth Wonder.
Pet Shop Boys - Introspective
U.K. Parlophone PCS 7325 (1988)
Album produced by Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Lewis Martinee, Julian Mendelsohn and Pet Shop Boys.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.
The original inner sleeve is perfectly presented.
The album cover has a strong undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.
For full track listing see Own tab.