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Surfer Rosa

Pixies

1988

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Surfer Rosa

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3.59

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5

While 'Doolittle' is still the Pixies' magnum opus from my perspective, I can't not give this album a 5 star rating. The music is often times bizarre, manic, and yet it maintains an infectious consistency that ranges from enjoyable (Brick is Red, Cactus) to eff'in brilliant (Bone Machine, Vamos, Broken Face, Something Against You). Songs like 'Broken Face' and 'Something Against You' strike me as avante garde punk rock, and the results are amazing. Additionally, while I've heard it countless times and it has somewhat lost its luster, 'Where Is My Mind?' is probably one of the best songs I've ever heard.

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4.5 | Cuando hablaba del Doolittle mencionaba que en general me gustaba más ese disco que Surfer Rosa, hoy que volví a escuchar este de nuevo creo que los tengo que poner por igual. Es cierto que el sonido aquí es un poco más dividido, pareciera que la mitad de las canciones todavía arrastran un monton de punk y la otra mitad son mucho más melódicas y casi pop. No será en mi opinión hasta el siguiente disco que el sonido se oye más unido y propio; a pesar de esto no hay duda que el disco ya suena exacto a lo que son los Pixies esa extraña pero exacta combinación de lo aspero y feo con lo bello. La manera en que mezclan sus elementos es perfecta. Esa forma en que puedes mezclar melodía, armonía y los gritos desesperados de Black Francis junto con guitarras chillantes es una receta cuyo resultado toda mi vida ha resonado en mi cabeza de la manera correcta. Graciosamente creo que quizá mi canción favorita en ese aspecto es Vamos; esa mezcla de gritos, tambores exagerados, ruido, español, es una canción que a ratos sientes como si se fuera a desmenuzar y caer por completo pero termina siendo simplemente espectacular. Casi no hay bandas que pueden hacer que ese tipo de combinación de elementos funcionen. Bone machine siempre agradable, con una grabación lo-fi del original que parece que está en mono y con esa letra sin sentido que solo puede hacer Francis. Gigantic una de las mejores vueltas al bajo de los pixies con letra pegajosa, un coro excelente y a la mitad se vuelve rara pero aun mejor cuando se plantan en un riff continuo que se va al infinito. Where is My Mind... sí, inevitablemente vive incrustada en mi cabeza ahora ligada a la escena de Fight Club, para bien y para mal (en su momento a los 17 años muy impresionante para bien, hoy en día quizá no para mal pero se siente estancada en ese momento), con una letra, de nuevo de Black Francis al surrealismo extremo (de verdad escuchen lo que dice y traten de darle sentido). Él disco excelente, creo hoy en día me gusta por igual que Doolitle a pesar de lo dispar de las canciones. Le doy un crédito extra porque aparte tiene esos diálogos e historias grabadas en el estudio que dan algunos de los breaks con conversaciones más extrañas, graciosas y de temas difíciles que se pueden encontrar. YOU FUCKING DIE!

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I grew up listening to this and the other Pixies albums. Pixies still sound brand new and timeless. Itch scratching-ly human.

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5

Pixies being their twisted, awkward selves on this fine, fine record. Frank Black screeches his way through track after track of weird subject matter accompanied by a thumping rhythm section and a brilliant solo guitarist in Joey Santiago. Experimental recording techniques keep things lively and the quiet-noisy template inspired numerous bands after this. This alt rock classic features two stand out classics: Where is my Mind? is a beautiful, if unsettling, pop tune and Gigantic, featuring a sublime Kim Deal on vocals and bass, rocks out into a transcendent outro. A brilliant, classic album.

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5

Surfer Rosa certainly starts out with a bang. Bone Machine has irresistible forward momentum, hooks galore, and the idiosyncratic (no, bonkers) vocal style of Frank Black, which could be the result of a mild case of Tourette's Syndrome but it more likely influenced by Pere Ubu. There is a fair amount of variety in the songwriting, but one thing that sticks out is the way that Black pieces his tunes together from jagged phrases that could be any length. Oddly enough, it never feels haphazard, and all of the Black penned songs have a family resemblance. I'd bet if wrote these out in musical notation and compared them, they would visually resemble one another. The energy, aggression, and attitude feel punk, but what's going on here is far more complex than that. The now cliche soft loud dichotomy is threaded through the album, but it sounds as fresh today as it must have then. In fact, the music is full of dichotomies straining against one another, creating tension and release. There's the yin/yang of the Kim Deal and Frank Black vocals, the driving rock numbers and the gentler tunes like Where Is My Mind?, melodic phrases versus shrieking, and more. Another thing that must be noted is the consistency of the songwriting and performances. There are standouts, but there are no real weak links. I also appreciate the loopy, Lynchian lyrics on subjects that subjects that rarely if ever appear in popular music. Try as I might, I can't think of one thing to criticize about Surfer Rosa. Steve Albini's production sometimes strikes me as unpleasantly dry, but here, for this material, it's perfect. The performances are a tad rough around the edges, but that's part of the aesthetic. I can understand someone not liking Surfer Rosa or the Pixies in general. They're unruly and strange. But if you're open to what they're trying to do, it's hard to see how Surfer Rosa could be improved.

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Pretty good if this is a high school garage band. Only 33 minutes long, so that's good.

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More an ep with some b sides than an album. Hard to know if songs are fully formed, or did they just record it and if lightning struck they caught it, and if not they still commanded it to tape.

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Ce générateur a complètement vrillé en une succession d'albums rock tout plus insignifiants les uns que les autres ce qui fait que je ne suis en rien surpris de tomber sur celui-ci. Une seule éclaircie au milieu de ce chahut, le morceau "Where Is My Mind" m'a provoqué un "Ah c'est eux ça ?!" très agréable. Suffisant pour m'empêcher de leur vomir dessus ? Oh que non : deux sur cinq.

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So this is just straight up noise. Don't believe me ... try "Something Against You". Not bad enough for you, move on to "Broken Face". Squeaky voice and no-talent guitar wailing. But wait you say, they had a hit song with "Where is my Mind?". Have you actually listened to that song? Disjointed, screamy, repetitive, gee what's not to like. "Tonys Theme" - really. Hard to believe the produced allowed that to be included. Then the title song "Vamos" just finishes this album off with bad drumming, unintelligible lyrics and some guitar masterbation that is just downright painful to hear. F-

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'Where is My Mind?' is the only good song on this album

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5

"Deranged" in only a way the Pixies have ever really managed. Super ahead of the times. Frank Black really sounds like he's only just holding the shreds of his sanity, and this album is the cathartic breakdown. Favorite tracks: "Tony's Theme", "Oh My Golly!", "Vamos"

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5

Good rock

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Good. Fight club song

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I love this album.

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5

amazing

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Just goood

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5

Delicious

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5

Awesome overly loud gated snare

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5

It never gets old or fails to excite.

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5 Stars. I really enjoyed this album. I'm surprised I haven't heard of them before today.

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5

Reminds me a bit of the White Stripes (or rather: the White Stripes reminds me a bit of them). I can hear a bit of Sublime as well. It feels like Scott Pilgrim. Added to my collection.

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5

Amazing how Kim and Black Francis vocals intertwine - both voices have the right amount of grit. This band met in the online personal of the Boston Phoenix paper. . . The ‘sleeper’ in this album is Joey Santiago’s riffs - magic tones that are spaced out perfectly. Love how their music is tight in parts ans has pop sensibilities in other parts but is also loose and raw.

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Way cooler than I’ll ever be

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Después de Dr. Doolittle estuve buscando este disco mucho tiempo. Todo el mundo hablaba bien de él y la verdad es que merece la pena. Algunas de estas canciones son auténticos himnos Indie: Bone Machine, Gigantic, Oh My Golly! o Vamos (Surfer Rosa).

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5

This album sit in my all time top 10, maybe top 5. The Pixies are such a huge part of my music fan development and really steered me in a specific direction. And this album is such a classic. I love every minute of it.

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5

Outstanding.

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5

Este es un disco que sí había oído, pero quizá siempre tengo más presente Doolittle. De cualquier forma, discazo, con su toque pank, sucio, directo. Las letras a veces no tienen sentido, pero es el punto. Aunque lo disfruto todo, diré que esa parte de en medio: de "Gigantic" a "Cactus" me emociona particularmente, y claro, también "Vamos". En fin, ya qué más: 10/10

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5

Immer noch eines meiner liebsten

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5

Where is my mind?

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5

Easy 5. Great album, some absolute classics, inventive throughout

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UNO DE MIS DISCOS FAVORITOS. SI TENGO QUE ESCRIBIR DE ÉL LO HAGO EN MAYÚSCULAS. ARTE.

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5

hell yeah - always a pleasure.

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5

Nostalgic moments from "Where is my mind?"

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5

best , best , best

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5

Always up for some Pixies.

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5

Better than Doolittle imo

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One of their best!

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5

Extremely fun, short and sweet. Some really classic, hummable tunes and one song that everyone knows from a scene in a great movie

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5

This is a song about a superhero named Tony. It's called Tony's Theme

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5

good album 100/10

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5

Loved it

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5

Kind of awesome. Love the chaotic energy and sense of fun. Have never heard any of their songs before, but I can see that they must have influenced Black Midi. Will definitely listen to this one again.

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5

Exciting, rock, indie, fun. I still love this more than 30 years later.

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5

Is it really necessary to ask?

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5

I really like this album, it's incredibly fun, and I'm not exactly the most experienced with the pixies I do like most of their work. At times I feel like I am listening to the white stripes, maybe jack white had some vocal influence from this group? Not sure, I don't super think it matters. But, I do think it is quite fun to hear it in action. Also, Nice.

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5

Wow this was amazing. Every track was awesome. A delight to the ears. Some of the "hits" I had heard before, but I never really realized that they were Pixies tracks. A new favorite.

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5

Great album - one of my all time favorites. Personally, my favorite Pixies record, though Doolittle is great as well I think I prefer this one. Such a great band, Albini on the boards... can't go wrong. Punk rock classic.

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5

Loved the album. A different approach to pre-grunge.

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5

A classic rock album in my opinion even if it doesn't sound classic. This is their rawest most punk album and the vocals are more deranged than the later albums

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5

Before I even start, this is going to get five stars. It's a near perfect album. I visited the pub where they shot the front cover on a pilgrimage with one of my best friends... Who I befriended at 14 because he was the only other person I knew who the Pixies were. I'm up to Gigantic (a beautiful song) and I realise these songs are too much a part of my life for any objective criticism. I can't hear Broken Face or Tony's Theme without smiling. Where Is My Mind has a cultural weight all of its own. David Bowie covered Cactus and it blew my mind that two of the most important acts in my life had come together in a moment. The fact I got into them in the 90s when the CD bundled Come On Pilgrim onto the end of the disc means it's shorter than I expected (I'll also give that EP five stars too. I'll give their entire career - pre reforming - five stars). Maybe four stars for the final album. A perfect album, a near perfect band. * Afterthoughts - given all the column inches dedicated to the rise of Latinx pop in recent years, Pixies were doing it 34 years ago. I have also used "YOU F*CKIN DIE" and, "It was just so hush hush" in casual conversation to this day to weed out fellow fans!

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5

teen spirit

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5

BEST BEST BEST every single song is genius.

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5

That's an automatic 5 from me. Have loved this album for a long time. The guitar line from "Bone Machine" is one of my most frequently occurring self generating ear worms, and I _still_ love it. Fave track - it could literally be any of them, I love them all. On this play through, let's say "Gigantic"...

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5

Þetta band. Þetta sánd. Elska þau!

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Dit album was precies iets harder dan ik mij herinner. En dat maakt het zeker niet minder goed! Blijft een topplaat

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5

I've always resisted listening to the Pixies. I've remarked on my review of OK Computer that I postponed listening to it for over 20 years, and I guess I developed a similar cringe towards a band so similarly heralded by critics. Also, I've never liked Where is my Mind?; its ubiquity as an alt-rock anthem didn't ease my stomach one bit. So, my actual knowledge of the Pixies was essentially goose egg. And I was an idiot. A proper kegs-on-head silly Billy. It annoyingly turns out that Surfer Rosa is a genuinely great album, and the praise it has received over the last three decades is fully warranted. One thing nobody told me was that Surfer Rosa is rather fun, and indeed rather funny. Considering the eulogising this album generates, I was expecting something portentious, not a lean, good-humoured plate of post-punk irreverence. Also, as much as I have grimaced at the constant employment of Where is my Mind? by directors seeking a bit of Gen X cred, the song really makes sense and blossoms when played as part of the album. I am very pleased to have been wrong. Also, there are boobies on the cover. Just think you should know.

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5

Positively breathtaking. Extraordinary. Wholly original music.

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5

YAHHHHHHHHH not my fave pixies album but still amazing

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5

Legendary

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5

Fucking awesome! Masterpiece!!

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5

Enjoyed

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5

HOHOHO MUST LISTEN

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Banda muito legal! Também não conhecia. Tem referências não muito convencionais, falas espontâneas em algumas canções e uma ideia de experimentação em tudo. O som em si é bacana demais. Li que serviu de referência para Kurt Cobain, em 1991.

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5

I bought this album earlier this year, so it's an easy review for me. If you told me that this album was made a decade after it was released, I would believe you. I would also still think that the album was really good. It's so far ahead of its time that it's hard to talk about this album in isolation from all of the music in the 90s that it directly spawned. A lot of the formula for Nirvana's success is well developed already in Surfer Rosa. The songs are fun and well crafted. The combination of Frank Black and Kim Deal is excellent; they sound so good when they harmonize. It's actually a shame that Where Is My Mind will be forever associated with Fight Club, because this album has aged much better than that movie has It's the quintessential 90s album released in 1988. 5/5

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5

Perfection. So much juice!

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5

So many brilliant bass lines in this one, I absolutely love it.

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5

Magnificent! Every note is a triumph for awkward weirdo oddballs everywhere. This band changed the game in a major way with this album and subsequent albums. They’ve influenced everyone I love musically and I’m so grateful for their sonic contributions to the world. And this isn’t even my favourite Pixies album!! Black Francis is a pioneering genius and Kim Deal is an otherworldly badass being. All hail Pixies!

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5

It's impossible to rank those original era Pixies albums, at least the first three. 'Bossanova' is probably my favourite, then maybe this one, then 'Doolittle' and 'Trompe Le Monde' fourth. And I really love Doolittle and some days it is their best. That Pixies at Brixton show on YouTube in 1991 is amazing if you haven't seen it. While No Kim, No Deal might be true, that last album (Beneath The Eyrie) wasn't too bad. Their best since Trompe Le Monde

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5

already loved it!

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5

What a sound.

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5

An angry fat man (and his band) who is chewing on hornets spits his words about UFO's, superheroes, broken bones, psychotic meltdowns, love that can smother you, the Gaza Strip, the Dead Sea...and thank god he does because it's fucking brilliant. Best Tracks: Gigantic; Where Is My Mind?; Tony's Theme

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5

Great album, high energy and fun.

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5

This album blew me away when I first heard it, because I hadn't really listened to anything like it before. It wasn't punk, it wasn't pop, it wasn't mopey art rock. I proceeded to listen to it over and over and over. I still don't get tired of it. Do I get it all? No. Do I care? Not a lick.

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5

10 stars. This album is foundational to me as a human being. I developed a crush on a girl because she looked almost exactly like the lady on this cover. I can't separate this album from myself. When I look in the mirror, all I see is Surfer Rosa. I'm a little snobbishly put out that 'Where Is My Mind' got so mainstream there for a while. It was a song only I knew about, dammit. This is an unbroken string of great songs, even though toward the end it sounds like they just threw a bunch of outtakes on the thing to fill it out. Don't say a cross word about it or I'll cut you.

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5

Bangin

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5

Where is the mind

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5

Super enjoyable, grungy and fresh.

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5

pretty good punk, honestly it sounded a little generic the first time listening through but after the second listen I picked up on some of the experimentation they did and I think it’s actually pretty damn cool overall really liked this, 9/10

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4

Classic album, even today no one sounds like the pixies. Love how they’re able to blend more commercial sounds with some of their more out there ideas. A lesser band wouldn’t be able to pull that off

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4

Classic.

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4

duh

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4

Where is my mind?

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4

A perfect connection point between post punk and new wave to the grunge and alt rock of the nineties. Super distinctive lead guitar and drums, and Kim’s voice is a perfect addition throughout. Obviously the singles are the best songs but even with all the experimentation the album sounds cohesive.

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4.2

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4

Bone machine, where is my mind (classic) Not too bad!

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Oke, I know this one. these dudes are crazy, love them.

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4

Un classqiue des années 1990

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4

When this first came out, I thought it sounded unpolished and too raw. I thought it was garbage. Little did I know how good garbage can be. I grew to love the album over time and the rawness. QuietLoud, baby!

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Tomemos en cuenta que en aquel momento gigantic fue el único sencillo del disco, que gran rola pero WTF que hable sobre el pene de un negro, aunque es tan ligera la rola que ahora es un himno. Rolas cargadas de lo-fi bien hecho y tener otro himno como Where is my mind? También recuerdo la primer vez que vi la portada del CD fue muy impactante. Sin duda un álbum cargado de energía para una generación de inadaptados

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4

Better than I expected.

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They had a different sound from what i expected from 'where is my mind'. Although it's my favorite song from the album, it doesn't speak for the sound of the album as a whole.

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4

Great

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4

Awesome crunchy, gritty sound

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El disco pasado de Pixies la música fue muy buena y las letras no me dejaron terminar de disfrutarlo. En esta ocasión la música sigue siendo buena y las letras me son mucho más agradables. Supongo que son más melódicos y menos estridentes? menos punketos? Supongo que eso me dejó disfrutarlo más. 3.5 que creo que sube a 4 porque sí lo puedo volver a poner y disfrutarlo. Songs: Break my body, Gigantic, Brick is Red y obviamente Where is my mind? (Tururu tu turururu!!)

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4

Excellent album! Je ne connaissais pas Pixies au delà de la fameuse «Where is my mind».

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4

I had mainly listened to Dolittle beforehand, skipping Surfer Rosa in fear of some commercial indie stuff as I knew it was the "Where is my mind album". Boy was I wrong. I've never felt so wrong in my life. What a great album.

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J'ai adoré ça, du bon punk rock. C'était pas des hits mais c'était tout le temps bien fait. J'hésitais entre 3 et 4 étoiles, mais la paire de seins sur la pochette du cd à tranchée. Toute une paire! Chapeau! Mon hit: Where is my mind, le beat de guitare j'ai bien aimé.

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4

Punk, garage, bestia

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8/10 rockero

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4

A fun listen but not something I'll return to very often. 7

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WoW quelle belle surprise ce matin, j’ai tellement aimé que j’ai écouter deux fois. C’est vieux mais ça sonne comme si s’était 2021. Je connaissais pixies de nom, mais là je dois aller approfondir leur discographie. Je lévite: la guitare et le drum et même la voix c’est bon Je l’évite rien !! Même la poche a des belles boules

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Where is my mind, Gigantic , Bone Machine

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4

Alright, nothing super special but sounded cool. 7

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7/10. This is a solid album with a few standouts, and its clearly super influential to alt rock. Still, it had some really abrasive moments such as the last track that ended up just being uncomfortable to listen to rather than sounding cool.

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4

Loved it crazy frenetic energy. where is my mind is such an incredible song

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4

Goeie cover.

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4

Boobs in the cover. Cracking album.

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4

Great album. Can hear the influences they've had on other bands. Can't believe it's the first time I've listened to a Pixie's album. Kinda wish some of the tracks were longer.

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4

I really liked this album, to the point where I'm thinking I really should be a bigger Pixies fan than I am. I only know the hits... "Where Is My Mind?", "Debaser", "Monkey Gone To Heaven", "Here Comes Your Man", etc. I'll def give this album a few more listens and I've also revisited "Doolittle" which is also a cool album. 8/10

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4

First time listening to the full album and really enjoyed it. Unsurprising when you think of all the bands that they’ve clearly influenced. First album that we’ve done on AOTD which I’ll probably go back to and listen to again.

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4

Didn’t hear this first time round, introduced to them via the second album Doolittle. Sets the scene for what follows. Enjoyed the rawness with nice melodies weaved within. A solid debut.

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4

This is clearly the forerunner of everything I loved about 90s grunge, and I should love it. 'Where Is My Mind' does a lot of the heavy lifting of the score here though. I do like it, I think perhaps I'm biased against it as it has been held up as a shining beacon of innovation that can do no wrong. That one song though might be worth a whole 5 on its own. So good.

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The first time I listened to the Pixies I was about 13 years old. The sound guy at a concert I had gone to kept playing Gigantic over and over on the speakers while we were waiting for the band to come out. A couple of days later I got a comp for like 4dls and it was so good that I had to get their albums one by one. Surfer Rosa was the one that caught my attention the most -wouldn't know why- and so it was the first I got. It holds a very special place in my heart since then

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4

Good album...not the most backgroundy for reading - not sure lyrically my style

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4

This Siegerehrung ital began

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4

Some solid post-punk music, but I'm not sure I could delve too far into their sound without growing a bit tired of it. 8.0/10 Best Tracks: "Broken Face" "Where Is My Mind?"

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If you listen to this expecting more like Where Is My Mind, you will be confused I assume. Sort of feels like with Radiohead and Creep, where "that one song" clearly doesn't represent the rest of the band's work.

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4.5 for real

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good

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The Pixies' debut album took me by surprise. At first, I was turned off by the strange raunchy vocals, screaming, raw instrumentals and confusing lyrics. I found it hard to follow, to appreciate or to enjoy. Now, after listening to it a couple of times, I don't understand how I could misjudge it so poorly. Rarely have I found a record that combines such raw passion with catchy hooks. I especially appreciated this combination on Bone Machine, Break My Body, Broken Face, Gigantic and Where Is My Mind, Cactus, which are all now currently among my absolute favorites. The rest of the record is almost as impressive, though I sometimes have difficulty in enjoying the raunchiest and edgiest tracks (Something Against You and River Euphrates, filled with demonic screaming) but it's admittedly very hard to compete with the rest of Surfer Rosa. A 4/5 is my score.

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4

Kinda loud at times. I can't tell if I love it or hate it at times.

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Wasn't a fan of Bone Machine but after that the album was very solid. Loud grungy vibes, very 90s. Had only really heard Where Is My Mind before. Lots of energy, frantic guitars, fast loud drums, bet they have some rowdy live shows.

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4

great album. old indie classic

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4

Have always liked the Pixies’ slight weirdness. Kim Deal’s vocals and bass surfs our ears into a better place. A few tracks are a miss

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4

this is so cool. Where Is My Mind was way ahead of its time

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4

¡Vamos a jugar por la playa!

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4

A lot more cohesive of a sound than the last Pixies album I got. A great idea of indie punk, and just some raw, primal sound throughout.

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4

Really just a tight record.

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If I was a rose I wouldn't be surfing, that sounds scary!

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Very cool album! Love how raucous, stompy and fun it is - definitely laid the way for lots of bands after them - mad me think lots of Arcade Fire. Feels very foundational and exciting - NICE

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-Biased because I'm a fan of Pixies and this album -Its just fun and makes me wanna move -Favourite songs are Break My Body, Gigantic, Where Is My Mind, Brick Is Red

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This album is destined to remain their great masterpiece, and one of the masterpieces of the entire decade, one of the most influential albums of its time. Almost every song speaks for itself. It's hard to find a common denominator, apart from extreme creativity and the usual light-heartedness. The songs are songs, but they go against the antithesis of song because they are always blasted by extreme contrasts, sometimes in an erudite way and sometimes in a crazy way. (8/10) Favourite Songs: Where Is My Mind, Gigantic, Bone Machine

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Excellent album. What a malignant surprise. I've wanted to hear this one for a while now, due to how much I love "Where Is My Mind." However, the recent James Wan movie MALIGNANT features a god-awful cover of the track that has given me many sleepless nights. So, unfortunately, the timing of this album is bittersweet. But no, it's a really great one. I enjoyed this quite a lot. Lays the groundwork for a lot of grunge-y rock that followed, like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. The interludes of chatter are interesting too. I saved a lot of songs from this album. Crazy too that this band has the same Frank Black (or Black Francis) who gave us that teenager album that was not so hot. Favorite tracks: Where Is My Mind, Bone Machine, Break My Body, Tony's Theme, Vamos. Album art: Drake the kinda guy to see this cover, have his heart literally beat a foot out of his chest like The Mask, then ask the woman to cover up. Is that the titular surfer, Rosa? She looks great. I can't help but dig this one. 4.5/5

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Oh doctor and hello, nurse! I think I've heard the Pixies a time or two but never like this (in this list). Love the garage band sound and the short sweet songs. A 33 minute album is just how I like it. Gigantic was a stand out and so was this album cover.

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4/5

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Gigantic is one of my favorite songs ever. And for that, and the album cover, this ranks very high for me.

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Classic classic classic Pixies. Sexy, dirty, menacing, it has it all. So innovative when it came out and it has aged remarkably well. A true classic Top tracks: Gigantic, Where is my mind, River Euphrates, Oh my golly

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I liked. And I knew at least one!

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Fav songs: - Bone Machine - Broken Face - Where Is My Mind?

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Hadn't listened to this in ages, still bangs

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Love Pixies idiosyncratic style and energy. Love Doolittle, this is a close 2nd.

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A band that somehow passed me by, listening this has made me want to explore more of their catalogue. Clearly hugely influential on band like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and half the 90s by the sounds of it. Brilliant stuff.

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Tunes, good. Vocals, not so much.

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Heavy-rotation on college radio show, and with good reason. Was essential listening for me that year, but it has been ages since I've had it on start-to-finish. Holds up with amazing energy! Excellent production by Steve Albini, restraining the madness at times and then letting it all loose.

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One of my top 50?

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Super melodic catchy tunes. Upbeat. Fun. Weird cries and noises that put a smile on your face (Fun sounding harmonies) Not a complicated rhythm in the whole record. Which works for the sound. The mix is a bit empty. But it works for the sound. It’s mostly a guitar bass and drums. Piano added mildly. But it’s so catchy and fun your ears don’t miss a wall of loud mixed sounds. The simplicity is lovely.

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Beaut, 8/10

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Awesome always loved this

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4, super, nije 100% moj đir, inace bi bilo 5

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4

Un bon album oroginal. La chanson de fight club est vraiment la meilleure et cest leur gros hit selon moi. Un 4 pour cela.

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Classic alternative. A treasure.

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I love the Pixies and this album has some great tracks but I don't love 100% of it.

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4

my favorite song was cactus in a weird way a lot of the songs reminded me of mother mother which i liked a lot when i was in high school i wanna play this when im driving with the windows down!

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Great album!! Solid 4.4

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This album was at least three years ahead of its time. There were several points where I was thinking I was listening to Nirvana and other big alternative bands of the 90s. Favorite tracks - Bone Machine and Break My Body (both sounded a lot like Nirvana), Where Is My Mind (immediate thought - hey, I know this song!), Cactus (I knew the David Bowie version. For some reason I thought he was covering Neil Young. Very wrong about that one). Really enjoyed this album. I'd say 4 because there was a little too much feedback and a little too much incest.

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You know, I've listened to this album a few times in the recent past because I like the Pixies and I love Where is My Mind. But prior to now I think what I really liked was the Pixies greatest hits. I don't think I really gave any one album a focused listen. And after the first few tracks I thought that's where I'd stay. But I found myself really getting hooked by Broken Face and that continued right through to at least Tony's Theme. On second and third listen, I really enjoyed it all. Maybe it's because I was an alternative era kid, but I love the slow-fast revolutions (Gigantic is a great Pixies signature for that). I also like their simple arrangements that combined a bit of distortion or gruff edge to the guitar riffs and bass lines (with nice pounding drums as backing). River Euphrates and Cactus are other songs I didn't fully appreciate until now. One knock against the album is some of the unnecessary interludes, dialogues, and gibberish within the last 4 tracks. The Pixies are trailblazers in alternative rock (as was this album), too bad we only got 4 albums in 4 successive years (I don't count the stuff released decades later). Not sure I can put it on the same pedestal as Zeppelin, Jimi, or Rage, but almost.

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The album reminded me a lot of early Jane’s Addiction, but much more punk. I know Nirvana used their producer for “In Utero.” You can really feel how raw the band is. I never realized listened to the Pixies, but I respect their influence on many bands I enjoy now. I did feel a couple of songs were a little “jokey,” but one can skip over those. (I’m looking at you, “Tony’s Theme!”) A joke song or two is ok, but you don’t want to overdo that. All in all, I liked what I heard. May have to do more listening of their work.

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Its the pixies.

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Pixies hadn't made much of an impression on me in their heyday, but giving them full attention here really raised them up. Honestly don't know that they are that distinctive from the big soup of the pop-punk 90s surge but I enjoyed the full album.

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From Nirvana to The White Stripes, I can hear a lot of alternative rock acts germinating in this album. "Surfer Rosa" is one of the first alternative rock album, surfing from 1988, yet it sounds as fresh as freshly catched fish. Is the reason punk fans enjoy punk is the fun feeling of the raw, edgy, chaotic, and loud sound of it? Perhaps, and that's why I enjoyed this album a lot. It's gritty, yet fun. Some tracks still sound like forgettable loud garage rock snippets, but a lot of it are one of the best punk songs I have ever heard to date. "Bone Machine", "Gigantic", "River Euphrates", and "Where is My Mind" are notable examples. This album is just a bit above thirty minutes long, but I felt like I listened to an hour worth of the so-called "art punk." Perhaps because it's such a unique sounding album, perhaps because most of the latter half is pretty dull.

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4

Very good

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Cool and very different. Surf punk. Sounds like white stripes and modest mouse. Where is my mind is iconic.

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4

wise grunge/garbage band ive ever heard

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BLack delivers non stop catchy, edgy guitar riffs and I like the 2 vocalists. I'm sure it was hard to come up with an original sounding LP in 88 with only guitar bass and drums but they pull it off.

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4

A good amount of energy and attitude make this a winner.

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4

I'll get back to it, some absolute classics on here

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I love this album and it's in pretty regular rotation for me normally. Favorite songs: Something Against You, Broken Face, Where Is My Mind (of course!), Oh My Golly! and Vamos.

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Love the energy. Crazy vocals and lyrics. The band members work well together.

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4

Second pixies album in a week. Never really listened properly before but I am really enjoying them.

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4

a mix of punk alternative rock and some experimental weird touches makes for something that reminds me of smashing pumpkins but in its own unique way

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4

Not their best, but it's good

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J'ai déja écouter Doolittle, mais jamais cette album. Je connaissais seulement Where is my mind.

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4

Rock alternativo tirando a punk. Está bien. Un 4.

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4.1 + What an amazing drum sound - just listen to how it kicks in at the beginning of "Where is My Mind?" Also, the guitars sound incredible especially on "Something Against You" - gnarly, overwrought. I love that they included some of the studio banter towards the end of the album, like on "Oh My Golly!" I can see why this album was a huge influence in 1988 and so many artists would flock to the great Steve Albini to achieve a similar sound of loose and explosive swagger.

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I am familiar with THE PIXIES and their debut album SURFER ROSA, which I liked very much. After listening to SURFER ROSA, this album is very good, but the vocals are too low in the mix In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE PIXIES - SURFER ROSA, is followed by two subsequent albums: DOOLITTLE (1989); BOSSANOVA (1990). Rate Artist: THE PIXIES (4.0) Rate Album (Year): SURFER ROSA (US 1988 Original) (4.0) Ranking of THE PIXIES - SURFER ROSA songs No. Title Length Ranking 01 Bone Machine 3:03 08.0/10 02 Break My Body 2:05 09.0/10 03 Something Against You 1:47 06.0/10 04 Broken Face 1:30 08.0/10 05 Gigantic 3:54 09.0/10 06 River Euphrates 2:31 09.0/10 07 Where Is My Mind? 3:53 09.0/10 08 Cactus 2:16 09.0/10 09 Tony's Theme 1:52 09.0/10 10a Oh My Golly! 1:47 07.0/10 10b Untitled 0:45 07.0/10 11 Vamos 4:20 06.0/10 12a Untitled 0:24 06.0/10 12b I'm Amazed 1:18 06.0/10 13 Brick Is Red 2:01 07.0/10 US 1997 Original Release 115.0/150 = 7.67 / 2 = 3.83

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4

Good alternative rock album

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4, v good

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4

Fuck Nirvana.

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4

Where is my mind is a big tune and the rest are decent. Lot sillier and weirder than I was expecting, have to say.

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4

Edgy and raw.

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No és l'obra mestra que havia de venir per duplicat amb els seus següents dos discos, però 'Surfer Rosa' s'hi apropa i molt. El primer avís seriós de qui havia de ser la banda que reformulés el rock alternatiu i influenciar gairebé totes les bandes del génere que vindrien després d'ells. Em faig creus que en el seu moment no se'ls valorés com es devia

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4

Missed the boat on this one i think. Hits are still hits, and the rest still sounds great.

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4

Wanted to get into this album for a while.

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4

Right in the middle of this album there's a run of seriously excellent songs that remind you why everyone afterwards was inspired by the Pixies. However on either side of this group is a bunch of noise rock that sounds more like they just wanted to rebel against pop music of the time. It's like a 3.5 for me but I love the middle bit enough for a 4

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I need to listen to this a dozen more times to appreciate it properly I think.

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Mk

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Today's Album: "Surfer Rosa" by Pixies - From the bare tits on the album cover to the strange spoken word interludes to the off kilter singing and whining guitars the pixies are fucking WEIRD. My dad has always recommended them to me because he's really into this era of punk rock, but I just could never get into how avante garde and honestly wrong everything they created sounded to me. However, I think listening to this album with headphones cranked up and the lyrics up, I think I can start to appreciate some of these tracks a lot. Some of the vocals sound like they're shouting at the microphone from the other side of a slinky or something with very little depth and this weird accent they put on. It sort of reminds me of when Modest Mouse gets kind of in the weeds and starts shouting at the microphone from across the room. That being said, I don't really think that's a bad thing. As I have started to get more into abrasive genres of music, it's gotten easier to pick out the nuanced and creative ideas out of a chaotic piece of work like this. I would say if that isn't your thing and you have never been able to dig deep into, on the surface terrible sounding, music for a deeper experience, this probably isn't for you. There is also a lot of really weird subject matter in the lyrics, but I think it all sort of fits together to create a uniform aesthetic. The guitar work throughout this whole album is really quite stellar, with the instrumentalist really knowing when to play something straight and when to go off into the weeds a little bit with a strange sound experiment with occasionally multiple layers. The distortion always feels really intentional, the drums feel like they aren't perfectly in time, but never to a distracting degree, and the vocalist really just make the entire experience one of confusion and strange enjoyment. Now there are really moments that I don't like, like the obnoxious phrasing on Broken Face, but it is easy to overlook those sort of oddities when the music sort of just takes them on with pride and keeps chugging along. When the band decides to play a track fairly straight like in the track Gigantic or the masterpiece that is Where is My Mind?, it really sounds so so good and makes the harder to listen to parts more bearable. Overall, listen to this one if you like to challenge yourself musically, but maybe give it a little while if you're a newer music fan and haven't heard the heaver parts to punk/indie rock or even metal. A lot of these tracks I won't listen to casually, but as a whole experience it was very interesting from start to finish. Score: 7/10 definitely…interesting Highlights: Bone Machine, Something Against You, Gigantic, Where Is My Mind?, Tony's Theme, Brick Is Red

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estuov bonito yantiguito sisi

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very nice, 4.5/5

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With rather bizarre topics and angular, bombastic and boisterous instrumentation, it's no wonder why Pixies became darlings in the late 80s. They were a breath of fresh air yet a precursor of what was to come in the coming decade. With songs that wiggle around your brain with such ease, Surfer Rosa marks Pixies' ascent up the influential sphere of indie/alternative rock. Favorites: Bone Machine, Break My Bones, Broken Face, Gigantic, River Euphrates, Where is My Mind?, Tony's Theme, Vamos (Surfer Rosa).

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13 songs in 33 minutes of full blown energetic, raw rock & roll. The guitar sound is sharp, the music rocks and rambles, the drums are loud and Frank Black sounds like he's bordering on a meltdown. The importance of this album in music history, can't be overstated. It's where the 90's began in the 80's. Still, not every song on this album is a bullseye. A song like Cactus feels like filler. And there's one or two other misses. It's such a pleasure listening to it though, it gives off vibes of happiness

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Pixies first. Where is my mind is a classic. Very spacious production on the full album. They go on to make better things.

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3

Good, but prefer Dolittle! Where is my mind is great.

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3

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Closer to 3.5, doolittle is a lot better

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1988. Key Songs: Where is My mind?, Tony's Theme, Something Against You

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This is like surf rock on crack, the guitar is a little dirty for me sometimes but WOW yeah this is what rock should sound like. Songs aren't particularly distinguishable from each other until Where is My Mind? though.

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Classic pixies and where is my mind is a legendary song

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80's punk. Irreverent styling, angst-laden lyrics/vocals with a driving beat typical of the era. A few songs had some good pop hooks, one of them was recognisable hit: "Where is my Mind?". But the one song which instantly grabbed me was "Tony's Theme", which stood out by it's banging background vocals shouting "To" "ny"! The twisted surreal guitars and up-tempo drumming added to the effect, though in truth it sounded like an homage to the Ramones. "Oh My Golly!" featured some of the best drumming from the album, and proved to be a nearly equally fun song on second playthrough. Ultimately, the album is worth a listen. A tribute to is genera and era.

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Obrigado por inspirar o nirvana e nos tirar dos anos 80. As faixas mais edgy são dificeis de ouvir, mas na média é ok.

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Ok but not really into it

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Where Is My Mind is solid, but the rest was...ehh...not so great.

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Ya habiendo escuchado el Doolittle, este disco me da una perspectiva diferente de los Pixies: siento que en Surfer Rosa estaban mucho más apegados a sus ideas originales y a la idea de sonido con la que empezaron, pero al mismo tiempo son menos interesantes las canciones (con la obvia salvedad de Where Is My Mind?) en las que el coro siempre es la misma línea repetida muchas veces. Creo que por su trascendencia como inspiración de muchas bandas que vinieron después es que merece estar en la lista.

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Sé que esta opinión puede generar mucha polémica, pero creo que Pixies han sido una banda en extremo sobrevalorados. Si, Where's My Mind es una gran canción, pero el resto del disco es... extraño. Es como un punto intermedio entre Sex Pistols y Yeah Yeah Yeahs, pero sin llegar a ser alguno de esos dos estilos. Me sorprendió que este álbum fuera de 1988, y leo que ayudó a inspirar a otras bandas como Nirvana, y creo que ese es justo su mérito: inspirar a otros grupos, y no tanto lo que ellos mismos llegaron a producir.

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Best wel fijn album met de bekende plaat where is my mind erop

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Definitely a classic

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Creative.

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Fun and interesting story. Very grunge punk

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lijkt wel wat op Alanis Morissette (Gigantic bv) maar dan 7 jaar eerder.

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Bit to rocky for me. Also one song with a guy shouting in the background made me take off my headset

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5/10. Damn, I forgot to review this after listening to it and I pretty much forgot what it was like. Not a great sign since that was less than a week ago. Relistening to a couple songs, 5/10 seems fair.

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7/10 would like to listen again feel it may grow on me

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Ok. Not enough for 4 stars I don't think.

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never been a fan of his voice

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Wanted to enjoy this more than I did. Think it probably needs multiple listens for me to get into. Bit shouty for my tastes.

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Lyrics are a bit mental for me.. I dunno.. i’m gonna listen again! But I get it, there is a lot of young raw energy in there… I can totally see how we wouldn’t have are the bands today that we love without these guys! Wish this was out of 10! ;)

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Not as consistent as Doolittle but has some great songs

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3/5 Not quite enough for me to buy.

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Decent, I like the style

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Yeah, I used to fuck with this one as a teenager. It's been a while. The 1001 list already diminished my appreciation of the Pixies (just a tiny bit), by exposing me to The Gun Club, who apparently did this sound better and earlier! I like how the Pixies can be catchy, fun, and even poppy, but still keep the qualities of discordance and noisiness. I guess they are a kind of pivot point where noise rock (interesting that Ambini produced this) started giving way to "noise pop". Anyhow, I actually prefer their next album, Doolittle, and I don't think there's any justification for having both of them on this list. 3.5 for Surfer Rosa.

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Drôle d'experience que cette écoute. En effet, à chaque fois que je lançais une nouvelle piste de cet album, la précédente s'effaiçait immédiatement de ma mémoire, tel le grand-père de Yugi emprisonné dans le puzzle du Millenium. Quand tout d'un coup, en plein milieu de l'album, une sonorité très familière se rappelait à mes oreilles: en effet, dissimulé entre deux sons digne des pubs britanniques les plus obscurs, j'ai pu redécouvrir le titre Despacito, tube international que je n'aurai pensé trouver ici. Un bien bel ascenseur emotionnel.

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Solides Album mit kultureller Langzeitwirkung!

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Listen to the Pixies, first time l have heard them. Even though my grandson in law thinks they are the greatest.

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The first half (up to where is my mind) feels more sincere and sad, while the latter part is more just goofing around in the garage. Actually on second listen the entire thing is really goofy, with lots of messing around (random yelling, silly spanish, just silly riffs) The entire album feels very raw, deliberately unpolished. Maybe too much so for the vocals and guitar, sometimes becomes a bit grating for my taste. Loving the drum and bass sounds though. The songs kind of blend into eachother, except for the obvious standout of Where is My Mind? It was enjoyable enough to listen through, but I don't think I'll be coming back that often.

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Likte det. punky med kule sanger. Litt forvirra av all partinga i siste delen. 7/10 ??

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Album Song Ranking: Where Is My Mind? Bone Machine Cactus Break My Body Brick Is Red River Euphrates (H.M.) Vamos (Surfer Rosa) Gigantic Tony's Theme Something Against You Broken Face I'm Amazed Oh My Golly! Additional Comments: This album was very unique and give alternative rock a great look. Personally not much stood out from me from this album, but that does not mean it is a bad album. Overall its pretty neat.

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I am terrible and forgot to finish it. From what I heard I didn't like the singing voice(s) very much. Tiddies were good tho

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3.5/5. favs: gigantic, where is my mind

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Not my type of music but isn't a bad album I would give a 3 stars and a half if I could

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Interesting album. "Where Is My Mind?" Is a classic, and heard a couple other bangers, including the title track. Not a huge fan of most of the other tracks.

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Great and not so great Songs

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3 Some good songs like gigantic, river Euphrates, where is my mind. But also some songs that I didn’t really enjoy. Hence why I’ve given a 3.

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seemed ok

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The Pixies feel like a band I should be more familiar, and like more than I do. But the early 90s alternative/grunge scene was never something I ever got into. I never even went through a Nirvana phase. So it's likely they're just not a band for me. Surfer Rosa feels pretty consistent in sound throughout, with "Where is My Mind?" The standout track for sure coming through with a much different sound than most of the rest of the album. Lyrically, I feel like I could give another listen. I picked up on the largely comical feeling of the lyrics, but didn't pick up too many specifics beyond Tony's Theme parodying super here theme songs. Musically you can clearly here the sounds that would influence grunge over the next few years Overall, I think this is an album that would have felt much different when it came out than it does now. After all, I'm not really comparing it to the hard rock sounds that came before it but rather the grunge and alternative scene that came after. But listening to it now, over 30 years after it came out, it doesn't stick with me. It's not off-putting in anyway, it just seems to blend in with the music that came after which I just never really got into. Favorite songs: Where is my Mind?

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Prefer bossanova

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Het is wel leuke rock maar net niet leuk genoeg

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Some songs are quite enjoyable, some contain a bit (way) too much screaming (River Euphrates). Where is my mind? is a classic.

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Revisit, some decent material. Rated 3 stars because I rated the previous albums slightly too highly. Now I have some perspective…

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Weird how I’ve only ever heard Where is my Mind off this album just kidding. Extra points for being only 1/2 an hour long

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De jamma!

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You know, I hated the opening few songs so much that I never listened to the rest of this album and it gets progressively better as it goes. So that’s kinda cool. Better than I ever gave it credit for.

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Interesting good and a little bit like scramble punk 😄

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NOt easy to listen at least for me.

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Haven't always warmed to this album but on listening again, it's sharp Albini production

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that one good song from Fight Club

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Big fan of several Pixies songs including a couple on this album but overall this is kind of hard to listen to. Sounds a lot like a few friends got together with some instruments and decided to screw around in the garage.

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Side one was much more musically appealing.

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This seems pretty uneven, but the raw feral energy of this album is pretty impressive. Certainly Where Is My Mind, Bone Machine and Gigantic stand out, but there is no dismissing the craziness that becomes a bit more organized when they get to doolittle.

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Eine der ersten Bands, die meinem heranwachsenden Ich als plötzlich super hotte Stars in einem irgendwie neben den mir bislang bekannten Hitparaden stattfindenden Paralleluniversum namens Indie/Underground präsentiert wurden. Kurz danach kamen die coolen Girls, die tatsächlich (mit 2 Jahren Verspätung oder so, so cool waren die nun auch wieder nicht) die Surfer Rosa auf dem Boden vor der Matratze liegen hatten. Abseits der Autobiographie höre ich heute: Wut, Lo-Fi, runtergestimmte Gitarren, dosiert eingesetzte äh ... verrückte Ideen, rumpelnder Pop natürlich, und in jedem Ton klar hörbare Verortung nach den US of A. Und tatsächlich einen vom Bass bestimmten Trademark Sound: so klingen ganz klar die Pixies - und so mögen wir (ich) sie- ja auch. Und so gehören sie auch ganz klar in diese Liste hier. Favourite Tracks: die Single natürlich, dann River Euphrates und Vamos, nicht so toll fand ich immer Cactus. 3,499999999 Punkte

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Not on the level of doolitle but lots to like

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The song I knew was from "Fight Club". The rest of the album was great, very 'in a dive bar that smells like smoke, drinking beer at a small square table by yourself' kinda vibe.

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Sound like early precursors to punk rock. I'd heard Where is my Mind? before. That sounds like Modest Mouse

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Frank Black's yelp is unconventional, and possibly off-putting to some; but Surfer Rosa is noisy and exciting, bright and surprisingly melodic. It was probably a really fresh sound at the time. Hot take: "Where Is My Mind" isn't even the best song on this album... "Gigantic" is.

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old school punk where is my mind is the standout track

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2021.11.23

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Kannte das Album nicht. Und daraus nur "Where is my mind". Fand Pixies irgendwie interessant - aber nicht überzeugend. Insgesamt Note 3+

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Il suono rock e acido è molto particolare. Anche la doppia voce maschile e femminile colpisce molto. Ci sono parecchie 'sperimentazioni' e effetti strani, però coerenti direi. 'Where is my mind?' e 'Cactus' molto interessanti. Come l'album degli Hookworms sta tra il 3 e il 4

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It's like being in your high school friend's garage listening to his punk band. This album will appeal to you exactly as much as that idea appeals to you.

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😬not for me but has at least one classic. 3.05/5

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Pixies. Fine, no complaints.

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Where is my mind

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Too much incoherent shouting for my liking, familiar with tracks that were later covered by others but those were the pick of the bunch anyway.

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I'd give it a 3.5

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6/10

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This band is like the Fight Club movie, you either love it or you don’t. I’ve tried really hard to like this venerated post punk band but after every listen I still find them just ok. I would rather listen to some Sonic Youth or Pumpkins if I was in the mood for this genre. But I must admit that Frank Black is a great guitarist and he’s a great frontman with lots of energy. Like most folks on this site I think Where is my mind is the best track here, and Vamos was a bit experimental and a nice change of pace, but the rest of the album fails to move me much.

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A 90's album made in the 80's! Who knew? Well alot of people...never got on this bandwagon when I was younger, they're not for everyone that's for sure. But if you watched Fight Club or you're an orange Cassidy fan, you'll know at least one song really well!

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Great album, WIMM : absolute Banger, But A bit chaotic overall

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Un peu dur à rentrer dedans mais hyper intéressant et en avance sur son temps (oui). Vamos : polka insane. Et il y a la chanson de Fight Club là.

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Great album, ahead of his Time, where is my mind is an absolute Banger! But à bit chaotic

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I like the Pixies, without particularly wanting to listen to their music. Their influence is strong in the rock movement that followed in the 90s, and were ahead of their time. That being said, they love to do this thing that a lot of bands do, which I hate, and that's purposefully play things slightly out of tune just to sound quirky. I stops a good album from becoming a great album.

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Patchy, but when it works it's fuckin' great.

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Try as I might, I struggle to wrap my head around the appeal of this album. There are moments and fragments, but it seems like the band didn't really know what to do with what they had. I give the album 3 stars overall for being fine enough to listen to, and clearly the album has influenced many other artists, but it falls well short of greatness or being something, I absolutely have to hear.

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Perfection. A truly incredible, incomparable piece of art. This list could have just been 1 Album You Must Listen to Before You Die and this would have been that album. My review has in no way been influenced by Craig's threat of blade-delivered violence. None whatsoever. FIVE STARS. (Is he gone?? Whew. I like this album a little more the more I listen to it, but I didn't know what the hell to make of it the first time I heard it. I definitely have nostalgia for this type of sound, but I still favor the actual songs of the first half to the last. I may need a few more listens before I really get on board with those. That is, assuming Craig doesn't cut me before I get the chance.)

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Missed the pixies. Good listen

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better than doolittle but still a 3. in hindsight i'd rescore doolittle...

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3.5

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I know it’s a very important album but it just isn’t for me

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Just don't vibe with them

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3 Pixies albums in this list... seriously, 3 albums?

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It has catchy songs, including a mix of heavier sounding ones. I liked it but I guess I’m not as into 80s alt Rick as I used to be because it was not a 4/5 or 5/5 album to me.

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Revolutionary for the mix of noise and harmony which anticipates Nirvana and is very reminiscent of new wave, especially Brian Eno and Pere Ubu.

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Some nice sounds!

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Eh, it's all right. Another one of those albums and bands that's never really done much for me.

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"Where Is My Mind" Loved this song, and when I heard it in Mr. Robot, it just solidified that love. The rest of the album is listenable. 3

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Только "Where is my mind"

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Other than "Where is my Mind?" not for us. Too loud and too fast. I've never felt older.

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One iconic song that I like, the rest not so much of a fan of.

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A couple of nice songs but overall just dropped the ball on a lot of them. Bits in between the songs where just dreadful.

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Het is dat where is my mind er op staat, jezus

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Too whiny for me. Some obvious influence on early grunge.

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Meh.

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raw twangy

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Eh, some good. A lot specific tracks to listening

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Is it punk, is it guitar sound, is it lyric ... ??

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Not for me. I’m not a fan of this type of music.

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¿Por qué? Es decir, no entiendo por qué un panel de expertos diría que este es uno de los mejores discos de todos los tiempos. En esta ocasión no leí mucho al respecto del disco ni de la banda, dicho esto y reconociendo que no conozco mucho trasfondo, a mi me suena a una bandita amateur de garage rock cualquiera. La aparente falta de esfuerzo en la composición de las canciones me resulta frustrante e insatisfactoria, me imagino que (alerta de que voy a decir una pendejada) si el edging fuera música, sería este disco jajaja. Nunca había escuchado a Pixies salvo esa cancioncita de where's my mind que tiene un corito pegajoso. Rescataría la primera canción del disco que me parece interesante y de hecho si me intrigó a seguir escuchando, lamentablemente el resto del disco me rebasa, no estoy seguro de que si se trata de sonar mal solo para crear un statement de rebeldía o una cosa así contra las reglas de composición musical convencionales (whaterver that means o si es que exite algo así pa los que le saben a la composición), o si es más como el black metal que suena a propósito culero que digas, a no ma es tan malo que es bueno??? anyway, adoremos a Satán? Conclusión estoy confundido o soy tonto y el disco es para gente de un IQ acá muy superior. Mood: Ella no es vedette

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Je ne suis pas tombé en base de ma chaise ici non plus. Agréable à écouter. WHERE IS MY MIND, c’est fort et planant. Pour le reste, on dirait une recette avec du sel et du poivre, pas de Jalapeno ou rien de piquant.

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Takes me back to Hot Topic in the early 2000s, even though it's 12 years after the album came out. Getting a bit of a Primus vibe from the end of the album. Interesting that Where Is My Mind? sounds nothing like the rest of the album. That's the only really outstanding song.

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I had friends of the Hot Topic persuasion in middle school and high school who liked the Pixies. Not my favorite overall, but I always liked Gigantic (though the version I knew might have been a cover), and Where Is My Mind is a classic.

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Wish I liked them more

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Not a huge fan of the Pixies, but this album had a good amount of variety so there were a couple of songs i vibed with

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I don't understand how this was so influential. I love this style, raw and unpolished, and the drums sound so good. But most songs don't even seem like they have a plan (except for Where Is My Mind). This sounds like a rehearsal/brainstorm, not a finished record.

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Average album but features classic song

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indie grunge not my cuppa tea

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Just too raw, loud, noisy

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I respect their influence on bands I like from the 90s, and there are aspects of classic punk I love, but it’s a bit too raw and underdeveloped for my enjoyment.

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I was not familiar with the band or any of the songs prior to listening to this album. I don't see a reason to listen to it again.

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Fels longer than the half hour it is. It does have its moments but it actually is only “the album from were is my mind is taken” and that’s it. Pixies are not as good as everyone thinks even if they have some of the greatest rock songs ever

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Tjoa, gar nicht mal so gut. 'Where is my Mind' ist echt gut, aber besonders danach hört‘s schon auf.

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Wieder so ein Zeitdokument & von vielen als Meilenstein wahrgenommenes Kultobjekt. Kriegt aber im Alterungsprozess nur schwer die Kurve, fliegt meines Erachtens etwas klapperig aus selbiger raus. Statt Indie würde ich in manchen Songs die raue Power von Punk erkennen. Für spätere Bands wie Sunset Rubdown ein wichtiger Vorfahre; dass Fight Club mit einem anderen Song besser die Welt in Schutt und Asche legt, als mit dem ikonischen Monster „Where is my mind“ wage ich dennoch stark zu bezweifeln. Knappe 2.1

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I've heard a handful of tracks but never heard a full album from the Pixies. "Where is My Mind?" might be my favorite track from the band. There are portions of the album that I like, but enough tracks sink this album to 2 stars.

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Kmew one song, rest is kinda eh

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This is some okay alternative rock. No recognized songs

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One or two songs I enjoyed. Knew iwasn't a fan of the pixies

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Eh

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Best Song: Where is My Mind? Obviously the most well-known track on the album, it also feels like the most (only?) that was really constructed as a thoughtful song. Worst Song: Broken Face. A chorus that seems designed to annoy. Overall: Chaotic, spastic, and not in a good way. The kind of music that feels like it would be fun to listen to and bounce around with at a grime-y live show, but as a piece of written and recorded music? Meh.

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Not really into it just sounds generic

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The alt-rock is strong with this one. The album tries too hard to be lound and raw, but only succeeds in becoming somewhat predictable. The obvious standout is "Where Is My Mind?". The rest? Boring. 2/5

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I know I've said this before but this late 80s noise rock/alternative/garage punk/not-anywhere-near-as-good-as-grunge stuff really isn't for me. It feels like an entire movement headed by people who couldn't play instruments, and that not being able to play was the core part of it - "make your lack of ability work for you" seems to be the order of the day. Which would be admirable if I liked the end result... but I don't. Pretty cool that it has tits on the cover though. 2/5.

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This is not very good. At all.

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Wow, this is a disappointment. I'd been looking forward to this given its revered status, but I'm left with a feeling of emperor's new clothes about the whole experience. I will say this - I appreciate the animating spirit, and I think the instruments themselves really pop out of the speakers. It crackles with vitality, but the execution is wanting. Really simple song structures that pretty much go quiet-loud-quiet-loud. I've read a fair bit about Surfer Rosa and will seek out some more reviews as I want to be clued into what I'm missing.

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Surfer Rosa by Pixies (1988) Before today I was completely unfamiliar with this album, but I was very familiar with Nevermind by Nirvana (1991). It’s amazing how many riffs, grooves, and stylistic choices were borrowed by Nirvana from Surfer Rosa by Pixies (This was acknowledged by Kurt Cobain in 1992). I spotted over a dozen on just one listen. But there’s a huge qualitative difference between Nevermind and Surfer Rosa. To wit, (1) Nirvana is disciplined and precise, whereas Pixies are on the ‘garage’ end of grunge. (2) Cobain’s voice has soul, whereas the Black Francis/Kim Deal duets on Surfer Rosa are like duets between a fingernail and a blackboard. And (3) Nirvana’s depictions of torment and psychic terror evoke sympathy, whereas Pixies’ fixations on sexual idiosyncrasies evoke a response midway between eye rolling disdain and head shaking embarrassment. This is not to say that Surfer Rosa is entirely devoid of artistic merit. But it is difficult to listen to. The track “Where Is My Mind?” is interesting enough, however the question in the title remains unanswered. But David Lovering’s excellent driving drums, Joey Santiago’s inventive lead guitar riffs, Kim Deal’s moving bass lines, and that weird locker room ambience of Black Francis’ vocal channels are all creative and entrancing. I could learn to like this, but only temporarily. 2/5

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Underwhelming

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I like "Where is my mind?" but it is not gonna save this clusterfuck of sounds.

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Save yourself some pain and listen to Death to the Pixies

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Eh

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crap

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I need more fela

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Did not like the album.

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Anderhalve minuut volgehouden

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Not my cup of tea.

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too loud

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Boring album - nothing that sticks out really. Just very plain.

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That was a lot of shouting

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Dreadful

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Noisy

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Blah…..

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Not great, couldn't get past third song. 1/5

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Just terrible, the only song i like is the one from the fight club ost. Mostly just annoying like listening to drunk siblings do karoeke

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I'm seriously not a fan of whatever this is... punk? rock? alternative? I just couldn't tolerate the dissonance of the two singers, and all the screeching. It is too inharmonious for my taste.

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Breathtakingly awful. Shrill, tuneless and thoroughly unenjoyable. Among the worst albums I've heard on the 1001 list. I'm at sing six - "Where is My Mind" - and that's it. Don't even want to see if gets better. Do yourself a favour and hit the "Did not listen" button.

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Top notch

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Decent album

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