Most recent updates: February 8, 2016

This Week's PSB Survey
Based on everything you've heard, read, and seen so far, which of the following statements comes closest to describing your honest expectations with regard to the upcoming new Pet Shop Boys album Super?

I expect it will be their greatest album yet!
I expect it to be an excellent album—probably not their best ever, but top-notch nonetheless!
I expect it to be a good PSB album, but probably not one of their best.
I don't have very high expectations for it—perhaps sub-standard for them.
I have dismal expectations for it. I fear it will be one of their weakest studio albums—if not the weakest of their career.
I suspect it will be a real mixed bag: some incredible high points, but also some major disappointments.
I expect it to be great for what it probably is—a real "up" album, "More electric than Electric"—but I would really like at least one or two ballads mixed in, and if there aren't any, I'll be a little disappointed.
I honestly feel I haven't heard, read, or seen enough so far to have any expectations.
I have a very different opinion from any of those expressed here.*

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*As always, please feel free to use the "Comments" feature on the "Current Results" page to share your alternate viewpoint with us.

What This Website Is All About

This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

Despite my best efforts, I have no doubt that I'm guilty of at least some factual errors. I recognize this fact and apologize in advance for any that may have slipped past me. I'll certainly correct any errors that come to my attention.

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