Despite still enjoying critical acclaim in the latter part of their career, it's often forgotten that the Pet Shop Boys' best material was written in the late 80s/early 90s when their air of arch, but melodic cool is far more ageless and endearing then their more recent high camp disco image. 1988's 'Introspective' is one of those rare beasts, an excellent remix album. Covering six tracks in 50 minutes, It includes four top 10 singles of which only 'Domino Dancing' sounds cheap and tinny in hindsight; 'Always On My Mind' is an inspired cover version and 'It's Alright' is a wonderful, uplifting anthem that sounds even better in its near-ten minute extended version. Significantly the two other tracks impress with 'I Want A Dog' being a far better prospect than its title suggests and the wounded, vulnerable 'I'm Not Scared' is far more convincing delivered by Neil Tennant's clear, precise vocals rather than for the Patsy Kensit-led Eighth Wonder for whom it was a hit single previously. This is further proof that the Pet Shop Boys have been one of the finest singles acts of the 1980s.