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Pet Shop Boys - Cubism In Concert
DVD Review

4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2008
Pet Shop Boys

Story and live photo by Andy Argyrakis

Dance floor man divas the Pet Shop Boys have always balanced pageantry with pulsations on tour, and while this DVD from Mexico City may not live up to the spectacle of 1993's Performance or even 2001's Montage: The Nightlife Tour, it's still a high octane trip down memory lane.Pet Shop Boys Almost all the hits are present, from radio staples "West End Girls," "It's a Sin" and "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" to throw downs "Left To My Own Devices," "Can You Forgive Her?" and "Suburbia" and "So Hard."

And then there's the covers, including the outrageous disco take on Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind," the cowboy costumed flanked "Where the Streets Have No Name" (think U2 meets "Brokeback Mountain") and the show stopping finale of "Go West" (originally by the Village People, but long since claimed by PSB). All the while, expect plenty of slick chorography, scenes that range from ballet to break dancing and mounds of lap top generated momentum, showcasing the group's seminal impact on the younger likes of The Killers, Scissor Sisters and any other dance-drenched alt-rock act in recent memory.

But the set list is more than a mere nostalgia trip, also focusing on the group's grand comeback album Fundamental (released last summer). "Minimal" and "I'm With Stupid" are just as relevant as anyone the group's influenced, while "Integral" is a dramatic club anthem in textbook form. Outside of omitting staples "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" and "New York City Boy," Cubism colorfully captures the Pet Shop Boys' latest productive period.

Watch Pet Shop Boys - "Go West" video

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