One of my favourite Pet Shop Boys songs, Liberation was the fourth and lowest charting single from Very here in the UK, reaching #14. Its also one of Very’s slower songs. Its probably the least electronic sounding track on the album, although its worth noting that despite the guitar, it still wouldn’t fit on previous album Behaviour. According to the Further Listening booklet for Very, the lyrics reflect the relationship that Neil was in at the time, but the sleeping on the shoulder incident that is depicted in the lyrics never actually occurred. The song has a very relaxing melody, personally I find it reflects how content the relationship in the song must be and the guitar in it is just lovely. There is a strong element of spontaneity and the feeling of being able to do and achieve anything conveyed in the duration of the song; even the title Liberation shows us this freedom. Its clearly a satisfying and intense relationship that Neil depicts in the song, as he shows no regard for consequences, saying “Take my hand, don’t think of obligation”. The song is very overlooked in my opinion, and hasn’t been performed live since Discovery Tour, so I hope they preform live again soon, great track!