All we really want to do on the internet today is discuss the merits of ‘Yes’, the 10th studio album from the Pet Shop Boys, on pop music forums with other like-minded, discreet individuals.

So while we do that, here’s a man’s story about his word verification word.

“I’ve made the effort to take these photos and send them in, the least you could do is post this shit. It could start a whole new UK:R phenomenon. Or it could get a couple of comments.”

“I had to walk out to my kitchen when I saw this. Because that’s where my camera was. Inside my girlfriend’s backpack after a recent trip out to a bird sanctuary island with her brother and his wife (thanks to Animal Crossing I now care about games and nature). I brought the camera back to the computer room, (through the lounge and short hallway) and took these three photos of a word verification I received on this very site. It’s not the best one I’ve ever received but it is Sonic related, containing both Char and/or Rings depending on which way you choose to read it.”

“This new fad of taking photos of Sonic-related word verifications may still in its infancy but I can say I was there on the ground floor. If you do post this then I will take a photo of the screen of that post and send that in as well. Then who knows where this thing could lead? I should explain that Char was the name of one of my Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 which make the word verification Charings all the more sonic related on a personal level for me. (You can use my name, I don’t think anyone I know reads this site anyway)” – Glen.

It’s one of the most ‘mixed bags’ the Pet Shop Boys have produced. Standout tracks such as ‘Vulnerable’, ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Love Etc.’ would be at home on any of the Boys’ albums form the past 20 years, but dull, plodding tunes like ‘All Over The World’ and ‘Building a Wall’ should’ve been saved for one of the later discs of the post-humous box set, which we’d suggest could be entitled ‘Predictably’.

The last track on the album ‘Legacy’ verges on the unlistenable, featuring poor Neil attempting to reach notes he’s no chance of getting anywhere near without substantial digital enhancement during post production and the assistance of a voice double. After that, you’re glad it’s over and thankful your MP3 player loops back to Track One of Pop Art. Still, listening to ‘Yes’ is better than having to listen to new music by new bands and taking a chance in unfamiliar territory. 7/10.