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Bossanova

Pixies

1990

Bossanova

Album Summary

Bossanova is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Pixies. It was released on August 13, 1990 by English independent record label 4AD in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. Because of 4AD's independent status, major label Elektra handled distribution in the U.S. Bossanova reached number 70 on the Billboard 200. The album peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from Bossanova: "Velouria" and "Dig for Fire". Both charted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., at No. 4 and No. 11, respectively.

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Rating

3.38

Votes

4355

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Solid, fun, and creative alt rock, with a bit of a weirdo twist. I think the whole of the album was a little greater than the some of its parts; none of the songs themselves stood out to me significantly, but the album as a whole did. I'm interested to hear some more from them.

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Zipless. The best description I read of this album was that it's surf rock for gothic kids who wear black to the beach which is literally me. The album reminds me of the mid-90s and of certain boys. Of all the Pixies albums, Bossanova feels the most realised, taking their strengths and pointing that in a particular direction. Not all the songs work and tbh I would be happy to ditch about half the tracks. But when it opens with the cool surf instro of "Cecilia Ann" and includes the swoony "Ana", the saucy "Down to the Well" and the hip "Hang Wire", there is a lot to love.

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4

When I first heard Bossanova when it was released in 1990, I deemed it a disappointment. This album followed the Pixies "best" records, Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, so it was a tough act to follow and though the opening track instrumental sucked me in, I lost interest in the rest of the album. Fast forward to now and listening with fresher (older) ears, I listened To Bossanova, the whole way through, back to back and have to now reconsider my original opinion. The records good, it engaged me and is much better than I remember and it's better than anything else the Pixies released after. If you don't compare it to the previous albums, on it's own it's a solid album. Thanks album generator for letting me re-discover this underrated near-classic!

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5

This is just a great album. Super fun, razor sharp, and just a bit ridiculous. Nothing to hate, lots to love. Full marks.

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5

My 2nd Pixies Album of the list, this one containing no songs I've heard before. The album is definitely full of the Pixies "sound" though, it's got the surfer-rock tinge while they do their grungy frantic post-punk that you'll come to expect form the band. Really enjoyed this, was consistent and had some good tunes that I've added to the playlist.

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5

I’d been wanting to explore the Pixies for a while and this gave me the perfect excuse. Bossanova is phenomenal. The post punk, surf rock, and folk rock influence is obvious, and their own influence in later bands such as Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana is abundantly clear. So great I immediately started it over

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4

The Pixies are a great band if listened to in the right mood/mindset. This album isn't my favorite of theirs but it is the truest to who they are. If you like the Pixies as a band then this is a great album but if you like the Pixies cause you heard them on the radio then you are going to be disappointed by this album.

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4

Solid. The beginning of 90s rock, I fucks wit it.

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4

I love the roughness of Pixies records. Some real quality grunge. Dig for Fire is the best track, displaying all the best qualities of the Pixies.

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4

This was a cool listen, with some lesser-known (and new to me) gems. I love the tricks they use in their songs, like a 3-chord repeating chord progression, or those spiky lead lines as countermelody to the vocals.

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Cecilia Ann, Velouria, Allison, Ana, Havalina Cutting Edge: Dig for Fire Overall Notes: I REALLY did not like this one at first. Luckily it's pretty short so I could listen to it a bunch of times, and it has very much grown on me. A lot more abrasive than I was expecting going in, but once I more or less knew what was going on in the songs they were pretty good. Excited for the other Pixies albums.

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Vous qui suivez mon parcours grâce aux différents partages de localisation qui émanent de mon téléphone portable savez que j'ai écouté cet album alors que je me trouvais dans le Generator Hostel de Hambourg, réputé être un lieu saint de la communauté des 1001. J'étais donc parfaitement disposé à apprécier cet album, et ce fut le cas. J'ai néanmoins été très peiné de voir que Robert Dimery avait décoré son auberge de jeunesse d'une fresque constituée de différents albums recalés de la liste. Une vidéo prise en caméra cachée par mes soins pourra servir de preuve en cas de besoin.

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This album didn't really move the needle for me. After the second track I almost turned it off, but then settled in as some decent background music, so it wasn't bad enough for me to turn it off, there's that I guess.

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This is their third album. Apparently their second, "Doolittle," is the one everyone loves... so why am i listening to this one? The album is fine. I like "Allison." LOL at bass players: Two weeks later, Francis placed an advertisement seeking a bass player who liked both the folk act Peter, Paul and Mary and the alternative rock band Hüsker Dü.[6] Kim Deal was the only respondent, and arrived at the audition without a bass, as she had never played one before.[7][8] She was invited to join as she liked the songs Francis showed her. She obtained a bass, and the trio started rehearsing in Deal's apartment.[9]

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2

Pixies always good, but nothing struck out to me here

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2

It's OK. Just average alt rock. I won't listen to it again and don't remember a single note of it.

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2

Not as disappointing as Surfer Rosa. Still a chore to allow to proceed through all 14 tracks and 44 minutes. Best track: the Happening

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My best friend in high school dated a guy whose favorite band was The Pixies. I remember being shocked. The Pixies are cool and all, but *favorite*? Really? Like, just get into Velvet Underground already.

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5

So good!

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5

Ok

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5

Great album and great band that I only knew from "Where is my mind". Also their bassist is from Dayton

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5

my favourite album at the moment love it <3

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5

this was a great album. a couple of songs lacked a bit of OOMF but honestly it was all really incredible music 🥡

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5

Ahhhh the pixies!

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5

ITS A FIVE

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5

Best Pixies album, blends alt-rock with wildly experimental tones and just a perfect touch of surf

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5

One of my favorite bands, a really good album by them, not my favorite. nice mix of sounds.. i love ana, all over the world, is she weird

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5

Brutal. Clásico.

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Sóc poc objectiu amb aquest disc, perquè el vaig descobrir molt jove i des de la primera escolta em va semblar una obra maestra. Ja no és que no tingui temes fluixos, és que tots i cada un d'ells és una joia a disfrutar cada vegada que s'escolta. Un dels discos que mai em canso de sentir, i un dels pocs que em fan sentir orgullós de l'edat que tinc

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5

Typische Pixies-sound. And I like it

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5

Fantastic

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5

Not regarded by most as such, but for me this is the best album from one of my favourite bands. So weird and otherworldly but at the same time melodic and familiar. Simply amazing!!

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5

It's like listening to an alt punk version of the Beatles...quick songs that hit and then move you on to the next...my wife love Velouria and its quickly become one of my favs on this album as well

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5

Can see why this is considered so influential. I’ve never really given them a shot, but this was quite a ride. Loved it!!

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5

WAT EEN BEGIN goeie variatie production 🤌🏻 love this shit

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5

Some good songs on here

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5

Very cool

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5

Good. Seems basic but probably only because they influenced so much

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Your mouth’s a mile away - Rock music My velouria, my velouria Even I’ll adore you, my velouria Even I’ll adore you, my velouria Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah - Velouria When the planets hit the sun I saw the face of Allison -Allison Is she weird Is she white Is she promised to the night And her head has no room - is she weird

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5

A confession from someone who considers themselves a Pixies fan: I only ever had their "Death to the Pixies" compilation, and I always thought it was enough. Then I saw them live in Cardiff in 2016 and did not enjoy them one bit, there was no audience engagement or energy. But this album has reaffirmed my love of Pixies; it's nice to hear the classics from "Death to..." alongside some songs I've never heard before, all of which are good.

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5

Not my favorite Pixies album, but it's the fucking Pixies! It rules!

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5

I was so excited to see Pixies coming up and even more excited about Bossanova being assigned to me for the occasion. I love this record, actually I love all the Pixies records, but hey, great starting point.  Cecilia Ann starts off the album with clearly a surf influence. Then Rock Music comes in and Black Francis voice sounds more demonic than ever, while Santiago puts his guitar on fire (I can't help but thinking of that moment of the show where Santiago makes his guitar squeak and squeal and even if it's not the case you would think that he is alone on the stage, but I think about that specific moment in several points of this album).  Two songs later we are treated with Is She Weird, probably my favourite song ever; nobody knows what is it about but I could listen to this 28 times in a row and sing along (shout along!) every single time. It's right here in my opinion that the album really takes off: Ana is such a sweet song, with all those subdued guitar parts and the almost whispered backing vocals; kind of the same trick on All Over The World, but with more loud parts and with an epic ending (Santiago again center stage). It's a great transition into the kind-of-funky Dig For Fire. Has anyone else heard those ghostly voices in the background on Down To The Well? And what to say about The Happening? It's irresistible, if you don't bounce your head and/or dance to this song you are not from this planet, but neither Pixies are so nothing wrong with you. And then it comes Blown Away which in some ways show the direction they would take on Trompe Le Monde (controversially, my favourite album of theirs ever!). Hang Wire comes storming before Stormy Weather almost at the end of the album and then you realize that they haven't let go for a single second. That's a magnificent run of songs!  And finally Havalina sort of comes back to the mood of Cecilia Ann.  I don't know if I should say that this is a masterpiece, but I really really love this album and I know I already said it but there it is. 

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5

It's the Pixies so of course I am going to love it as they are one of my favourite bands. Veloouria and Dig For Fire are the stand out tracks but this album works best listened to in one sitting. When I was first getting into the band I remember a guy in the year above me at school refer to the band as surf music for people who hate the beach. It was a pretty accurate discription.

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5

hui

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5

I wrote a one act about this band

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5

Pixies is altijd goed! De platen uit de 90's welteverstaan. Dig For Fire van deze plaat is echt een van hun beste tracks (naar mijn bescheiden mening)

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5

Geweldige plaat, misschien dat ik Doolittle nog iets beter vind, maar sowieso krijgen alle Pixies platen 5 sterren

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5

The slick noise of postpunk. The wooshy riffs of grunge. And the irresistible grooves of alt-rock as a whole. It has everything that I love about '90s rock. Whether it's a wild experimental rock album or an early catalyst in the '90s alt-rock tsunami (released a year before Nirvana's "Nevermind"!), this album is an adventure from start to finish.

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5

Aww, I haven't listened to this album in full in a really long time. It was in my heavy rotation during my sophomore year in college though. 1989-91 was peak time to be a Pixie's fan. Little did we know the albums weren't going to keep coming out every year like that. This isn't the album that immediately comes to mind when I think of the Pixies, but Bossanova is still light years beyond most of the alternative albums that were out in 1990. It's missing some of that frenetic wildness of the earlier albums, but it's no less creative. The album is more polished, maybe a tad more accessible than previous efforts. It follows along the same lines from the previous year's Doolittle, with a catchier and more melodic sound. The Pixie's have an incredibly unique style, that twisted surfer from hell vibe with the strange cryptic lyrics... that hit all the right notes with weird kids like me. The songs are full of great tonal shifts from the quiet to the melodic to the raging. There aren't a lot of bands I can think of who float so effortlessly from pretty to ugly and back. It can be startling, but it's also exhilarating in a way no other band really captures. It goes without saying that nobody screams like Black Francis/Frank Black. What tempers that rage is of course the haunting softness of Kim Deal. There is some kind of special magic between those two when they hit an off-kilter harmony together. Musically, everyone is on point here. Joey Santiago's guitar is blisteringly good, Deal's bass is solid, David Lovering's drums are propulsive and energetic. I agree with the reviewer who said this album is greater than the sum of its parts. This is an album to enjoy in full, but it's more than worth the time. It also grows on you with repeated listens. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Dig for Fire, Havalina, Rock Music, Down to the Well, Stormy Weather, Blown Away, Velouria, The Happening, Cecilia Ann, Ana, Allison, Hang Wire, All Over the World, Is She Weird

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5

5* every day Album 3 by Pixies and they are still crunching out fresh whopper tunes as tho it’s their 1st album. There are many references to a best debut category. If there was a best first 3 albums band it could only be Pixies. Cover art 5/5. I love every cover on the 4AD label

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5

The Pixies are a band that gave the world everything good about 90s indie rock. Without their loud-quiet-loudagain style there would have been no Nirvana either. A band to cherish.

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5

Class Pixies. Brilliant originals.

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5

Harder pixies album. All about it

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5

It's surf rock meets punk meets indie rock meets pop meets sci-fi obsession meets teenage lust. Or, should I say, it's Dick Dale meets Hüsker Dü meets REM meets Ed Wood meets The Shangri-Las. It's those explosive chord changes and barks by Black Francis. It's those spacey solos by Joey Santiago. It's those straightfaced background vocals and straightforward basslines by Kim Deal. It's those metronomic gated drums by David Lowering. It's Gil Norton's streamlined production. It's that stellar songwriting all around, minus a very few patchy songs here and there (4.5/5 would be my exact score for this particular record, but let's not split hairs, there's enough great stuff in it to justify its presence on the list). It's a good memory, but not only that: I must have listened to the first four albums from this legendary band a thousand times, but everytime this app points me to one of them, I bob my head to it just like I did during the nineties. It's cinematic AND musical. It's wild AND melodic. It's definitely from the nineties as I said, but it also has that late fifties/early sixties mood and atmosphere to it. It's like no other band. It's the apex of early indie rock, one that would reshuffle all cards in the decade to come. It's lively. It's catchy. It's terrific. It's the frigging Pixies in their heyday. Enough said. Oh, I almost forgot. As I'm spinning "Bossanova" in my living room right now, my 16-year old stepson just told me how much he loves this band too. He definitely comes from another day and age, musically speaking. But he can recognize truly awesome stuff when he stumbles upon it. A timeless record. One of the very few you can find out there. Keep them coming, Dimery and co. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 882 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 63 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 27

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5

The third best Pixies album by a distance and still a solid 5. Says it all about how utterly incredible they were in their heyday. They were more consistent than SHACK's weekly Tesco big shop. N.B. For those interested the weekly Tesco big shop consists of 24 chicken breasts (reduced value only), 64 large eggs (each carefully checked for damage before purchase), 6 packets of bacon (lovingly referred to as "that ham you eat hot"), as many lamb chops as his meaty arms can carry and 1 carrot (to help him see in the dark). He goes to Marks & Spencer for his bits.

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5

What a band! This may not be their best but still 5 stars easily.

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5

Still very good throughout.

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5

This was my favourite Pixies album for many years - in my memory it was quite a big thing when it got released - Pixies were relatively popular in the Netherlands (see the VPRO Onrust en Pinkpop '89 videos on Youtube - especially the VPRO recordings are as great as ever). Of course the previous albums are just as good. All 5 stars.

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5

GOAT

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"I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it." - Kurt Cobain. Pixies are arguably my favorite and most influential band to my taste in music. If you enjoy this, check out Surfer Rosa and Doolittle - their best albums.

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5

the only pixies album i had listened to before this one was Doolittle, and to be quite frank i think i like this one more. the best song of ever shows up here (rock music), and cuts like allison, is she weird, dig for fire, and hang wire are some fantastic songs. no misses on this, genuinely a perfect piece in the pixies discography.

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4

Actually ended up liking this album more than I thought I would. There’s a lot of variety here and the Pixies manage to make their sound more assessable while still retaining some of that uniqueness that made them famous

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4

Talented guys. Manic sound

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4

def leppard and ac/dc vibes

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4

I hear so many subsequent bands in this album

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4

This album is a jam. I hadn’t listened much to the pixies catalog and this one seemed to rate pretty low. I liked it a lot, quite a few fun tracks.

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4

Raw and melodic start, exactly what I search for in a band. The screaming of the second song is a little tough to get through. Not really my style. The third truly settles my initial thoughts whereas it wouldn't be my style with highly melodic singing and an incredible style. I like the guitar in the fifth song, "Is she weird". Along with the lyrics it's a great song. "Ana" is a nice change of pace. All in all a great album, Is she weird, down to the well, and Cecilia Ann were insta adds to my playlist.

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I am a huge fan of Surf Rock, and already really enjoyed the Frank Black album in this list previously. So when I realized this one had heavy Surf-Rock vibes, I was very excited. "Is She Weird", "Allison", "Velouria", "Dig for Fire", "Havalina", "Stormy Weather"

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4

is this bossanova?

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4

A bit of a rougher rock, less catchy melodies, but cool backing instruments. Fave songs: Havalina

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4

Probably my 3rd favorite pixies album out of the 3 I know

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4

purty decent, if a little obtuse fav track: havalina

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4

This is what real alternative is.

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4

I like alt rock and this album is no exception. I like how lyrics are bot at tbe centre of attention here and the distored guitar is the main focus on this album.

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4

Nice to listen to passively

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4

UGBHHHHH yeah. Velouria does something to a man.

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4

Good album. Classic punk vibes

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4

Very first impression, kudos to whomever mixed this album. Sound is great. You can see how the Pixies influenced Weezer in this album.

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4

Really good. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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4

They opened for U2 on the Achtung Baby tour with this record.

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4

Not their strongest album - odd that it's on this list. But it's hard to go wrong with the Pixies.

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4

Fantastic

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4

this came after i'd stopped listening to them, though i was aware of it at the time. i still liked it, especially the last track (havalina) - that was a nice surprise

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4

really liked this album. the short songs are really fun. super quick enjoyable album.

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4

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4

Pretty good! Just good old fashioned hard rock music

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4

Great album. But it was overpassed for future albums

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4

Not a fan of the vocals, but guitar parts were cool

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4

Pixies are in my all time top 10 so I think this album is an interesting to represent them. It is not the album I would have chosen. It is not the top of their game, and it is not the most representative of them. I mean, given how much I love them I still think it's better than most things out there, but I can't give it a 5. That goes to Surfer Rosa. I need half stars.

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4

Passion above six out of 6. As cool as Kim Deal

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4

Pretty decent rock album with a nice grunge sound. 'Cecilia Ann' is a very strong opening, and the overall tone is consistent throughout the album, but I would have liked to see more variation within songs. 7/10, something about the song-writing or instrumentation feels like it stopped short of a better album.

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4

Fun alt/grunge angst. No bossa nova influences.

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4

It's not my favourite, but still pretty good

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4

Great album!

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4

I did not expect to enjoy this so much. Good one to work out to & to feel slightly unhinged

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4

Good album, Emil loved it

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4

Will definitely be trying more albums from them. Really enjoyed it

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4

Wtf?

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4

Just awesome, nice and cheering music. I definetely need to dive more into Pixies later. Best album I have listened to so far. Mainly I recommend "Is she weird?" and "All over the world".

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4

Not their best album, but still very good

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4

Quite interesting but enjoyable.

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4

The Pixies show what made them such a unique force in this album. You not only get the love songs, but also the grunge and early alternative creativity that made them such a force.

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4

Wieder ein klasse Pixies-Album!

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4

Alltime Favourite. Teen Spirit Vibes

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Ich bin ehrlich, hiervor war 'where is my mind' der einzige pixies Song, den ich je bewusst gehört habe. Dies war eine gute Möglichkeit, dieses Loch ein bisschen zu stopfen. Ich hab drei Songs gebraucht um reinzukommen, aber ab velouria hatte mich das Album. Letzteres, Is she weird, Ana und the happening sind meine Favoriten

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4

legit

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4

Love the Pixies. It sounds like a cross between melodic punk and surf music.

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4

Amazing beginning track

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4

Great album. Has a great 90's rock feel but still holds up over time.

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4

Never ever thought I’d say I enjoyed rock music but here we are. Didn’t enjoy the more typical rock tracts like ‘Rock music’ (go figure) and ‘Is she weird’. A lot of great tracts but The Happening and Velouria made it to the 1001 playlist

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4

Simplesmente reafirma a relevância da banda mesmo sem o quê reconheço como os hits.

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4

Back to back Pixies albums! Another chance to learn more about a band I feel like I already be familiar with. For me, Bossanova is a big step-up over Surfer Rosa. It carries a wider range of sounds making it a more interesting listen from start to finish. To me, its built on the sound established in the earlier album but managed more melodic melody lines going through them. It's still not a style that I'm super interested in though. But after this album I do find myself more interested in exploring more of their music. I probably would give this 3 stars again in an island, but to contrast it with Surfer Rosa I'm bumping it up.

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4

Great sound to rock out to lol. Mamma likey

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4

Me gusta sobre todo cuando suena más a los Pixies de sonido "sucio" (?). En general, agradable, un buen balance también entre lo ruidoso y lo apacible, me gustaron "Is She Weird", "Stormy Weather" y sobre todo "The Happening". 8/10

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4

Redemption time de Pixies pa mi. Este disco sí me gustó, como que hay más compromiso, por ejemplo ir full con los gritos pen Rock Music, sin temor a los tintes cinematográficos y caricaturescos en canciones como Cecilia Ann y los cambios de tempo repentinos y desconcertantes, pero en esta ocasión, para mi sopresa, no son WTF e insatisfactorios, son más bien entretenidos. Letras bien cagadas. Fav: cecilia Ann y Is she weird?.

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4

Very 90s vibe. Dig it.

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4

First introduction to the Pixies, and it took a couple of listens to get into it. Love 90s alt rock and the Pixies created that sound. Wired lyrics, always melodic but also edgy at the same time. Will need to explore them more. Solid 4 at the point!

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4

Squally! Not my favourite Pixies album, but has enough fun and weird moments to hold my interest.

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4

Love the Pixies. It lost some of the rawness on this album but still some great tracks. Velouria one of my favourites of theirs

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4

Not sure if I've ever listened to Pixies before. Pretty good alternative rock. Interesting song structuring and skilled musicians. A nice album to listen to.

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4

this was surprisingly complex

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Je suis de très mauvaise humeur en cette matinée, pour je ne sais quelle raison exacte, voici donc quelques théories pour expliquer cet état mental: - Je n'arrive pas à me concentrer sur mon travail (critique d'albums) - Ma collègue m'écrit des messages qui ne m'interessent pas et me mettent en rogne - Je dois rencontrer le propriétaire de mon ancien appartement ce soir, que je deteste - J'attends un colis qui n'est toujours pas arrivé Vous l'aurez compris, cet album était bien meilleur que le précedent du groupe Pixies.

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4

Kurt Cobain once said he was afraid people would say "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sounded too much like Pixies. I finally get that comparison now.

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4

American, 90s, Alternative rock + Various, interesting = Male - {3/14}

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4

Like Pavement, an altrock classic, but a little too odd for me. Nevertheless, a strong one.

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It's a good album but nowhere near their best. Surfer Rosa and Doolittle have way more going for them. Still; Ana, Is She Weird, and Dig For Fire are all lovely songs.

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It’s so weird but so good

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I really do not listen to Pixies enough, and when I do it’s usually Doolittle, which is probably their best album. But this album kinda rules too.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Cecilia Ann, Rock music, Allison, Is she weird, Hang wire

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Hits even darker and harder than Doolittle. Really enjoyed that.

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mi piacciono di più surfer rosa e doolittle ma bello

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Pixies go surf/scifi - songs about girls, weirdness, the elements, weird girls, now with added reverb and theremin

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During listening, I thought "Oh, I listened to one album by Pixies and it sounded completly different, that's good!" Then I realized that they were The Smiths.

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In The Pixies discography, this is the first album that is merely very good. I feel like there isn't the same emotional range or weight behind the songwriting that they had in their prior material. A little slicker and more polished but loses some nuance. Still some great songs here. Always loved "Is She Weird" and "Ana" especially, but I feel like the album slowly loses some steam towards the end, even though it's relatively short.

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Not the biggest Pixies fan. That all changed when I saw them in Santa Fe with Ms Kim wearing sweatpants. That’s rock and roll. Just ask Jerry Garcia. Fun pick me up rock album. 3.75 out of 5.

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Rock Music!!!!! Älskar Pixies, men har av nån anledning inte lyssnat på den här plattan alls innan. Tyckte om den, men tycker inte den håller riktigt samma extremt höga nivå rakt igenom som Surfer Rosa och Doolittle gör. Men det är å andra sidan en vansinnigt hög ribba att lägga. Känns lite som att Pixies vid det här laget lite gjort klart sitt sound - en del låtar börjar låta som derivat av tidigare Pixiesdängor (refrängen på My Velouria t.ex. låter väldigt mycket som Wave of Mutilation för mig?). Men Rock music?????

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vroom vroom vroom inte deras bästa album men ändå kul och drag

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The same twisted, dissonant, weird surf-rock that the Pixies served up on "Doolittle". I still enjoy it, though it's not as front-to-back tight as "Doolittle" was. Favorite tracks: "Rock Music", "Velouria"

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snazzy

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A classic alt-rock album. Kinda punky, kinda outer-spacey. Not as good as Doolittle but great Pixies album overall. Favorite Track: Dig For Fire Relisten: Yes

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Solid rock

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Heard it before, a good album. Not their greatest but all-in-all good

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A solid album from the Pixies. Not their best in my opinion but still lots of good tracks on here. 4/5 stars

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Good, but nothing stuck out individually for me. Maybe needs another listen

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I am weirdly less familiar with this Pixies album than their other stuff. Now why would that be? Anyway, it's still awesome, even if it doesn't give me nostalgia tingles. Fave track - "Velouria" I reckon, though "Dig for Fire" is a contender too....

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A great way to start 90s alt. rock.

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Ég hlustaði minna á Bossanova og Trompe le monde í gamla daga og tengi því ekki eins nostalgískt við þær og hinar. En þessi er ansi skemmtileg líka, þótt hún sé langt frá því sama snilldarverkið og Doolittle.

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Shoegazey and straight up mania.

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Track 2 "Rock Music" felt horribly out of place and awful to listen to. Everything else was what I expected and obviously influential to the genre.

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3.5 stars. After a second listen it started to grow on me more.

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Lo mejor q les he oido

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Nakon ovog albuma završava njihova štancanja kvalitetnih albuma. Odličan album, iako su se malo pomakli u drugom (možda blažem) pravcu od prva dva albuma, svejedno ostaje taj osjećaj da je to njihov album. U Dirty Old-u sam par puta prešao preko ovog albuma, računajući, ma sad će Doolittle doći na police, budi strpljiv, e pa kurčina, dosta sam ja bio strpljiv, a Doolittle-a nema. Vrijeme je da se ovaj album kupi (naravno, žao para mi neće biti). Pošto nekad u slobodno vrijeme kada me uhvati, ocjenjujem diskografiju pojedinog izvođača - sa današnjim danom bih mogao krenuti sa Pixies diskografijom.

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det smakar mint!

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why is it called Bossanova though?

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An essential rock album

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Funny without cracking jokes, serious without striking poses, curious without paying homage.

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Standard Pixies. Good.

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Alternative rock. Grunge-adjacent. Good energy, a little noisy at times. Some moments of distorted sounds/textures (space rock?). Would listen to again, just have to keep the volume a little lower - I don't know if it's a particular tone or something, but it wanted to give me a headache even though I was liking most of the songs.

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The Pixies doing what they do best, full of passion and pride in each track. Just like with their other albums, they manage to squeeze over a dozen songs in just 40 minutes, two-thirds clocking no more than 3 minutes. Yet the variety is there: we start with a Dick Dale heavy surf piece, followed by abrasive garage rock, then a romantic, melodic hit. The major pull is that smooth surf sound that blows you away due to the awesome production, so good that even Nirvana sought their producer. No major duds, they each have a unique theme and are short enough that you don't have time to dislike any. Bossanova is an underrated amazing follow-up. Favorites: Velouria, Ana, All Over the World

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Going into this album, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Is it a new fave? No. But would I listen again? Absolutely yes. This alternative rock album straddles a space between 80s new wave and 90s grunge, and I was able to pick up influences of both genres in these songs, which I greatly enjoyed. Some of the tracks, both musically and lyrically, are just a bit experimental and weird, but in the perfect amounts. This is another album where the whole thing is better than the individual pieces. In a world where albums now so often seem written for and around some singles, I always find albums that are clearly intended to be one continuous experience to be interesting.

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Rock indie. Bastante interesante.

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Solid

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first listen jangly indie rock

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A step below Sufer Rosa and Doolittle but still a really good album. No immediately catchy songs that stay in your head even after a first listen...you know like Here Comes Your Man or where is my Mind, but there are songs that reward multiple listens. Like Velouria, Is She Weird, The Happening. All in all an excellent album for Pixies fans; 4 🌟

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Muy bueno

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A step below Sufer Rosa and Doolittle but still a really good album. No immediately catchy songs that stay in your head even after a first listen...you know like; Here Comes Your Man or where is my Mind, but there are songs that reward multiple listens. Like Velouria, Is She Weird, The Happening. All in all an excellent album for Pixies fans; 4 🌟

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Woah there is some chugga in this opening track. Velouria is a cool 90s track. Is She Weird is a real power fun example of this 90s proto alt sound. Havalina is a good closer.

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Ja lekker, een wat rauwere Pixies.

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The Pixies are a band that I have always felt like I need to listen to more. This album solidified that position...enjoyed it quite a lot. Hopefully there is more on this list. 4/5

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so I’ve heard three of their albums now Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, and Bossanova and honestly, I think my favorite was Doolittle like the others were great but that was most enjoyable anyway Bossanova was really fun, had some great stuff, it’s probably an 8/10

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I did not know this side of Pixies. Dark and desperate. The album is solid and tough.

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Worst of the original albums and it’s still great.

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A jagged lo-fi rock album with a great energy. Less polished and lacking the radio singes of Dolittle, but more of a consistent and authentic piece. I really liked this. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: Cecilia Ann Date listened: 26/05/22

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Este disco no tiene ninguna de las muy conocidas (para mí) de los Pitsis, pero de hecho creo que es el que más digerible y agradable me ha parecido. Definitivamente es mucho menos experimental y transgresor que los otros y ya con eso tiene, pero encima la verdad es que tiene muy buenos momentos que le alcanzan para la 4a estrella.

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Pensé que me iba a costar mucho trabajo como el anterior de Pixies que salió en la lista y no, todo lo contrario. Buen ritmo, canciones memorables y estridentes.

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Solid

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Dope, not their best shit, but a lot of good shit

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Mmmm those are some tasty, tasty lamb chops

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Oh, Madeline my dear is that a white rose? You know how I adore them. My grandfather had the most magnificent rose garden with over 200 different species. Every Friday, he'd go out into the garden, clip a dozen, and make my grandmother a beautiful bouquet. He'd hand it to her and she would accept with a wistful look in her eye and sunshine in her heart. He would then push her against the wall and ravage her to within an inch of her life. Does love like that exist anymore?

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its difficult to write something about an album that is on the good side of OK. its fine. much easier to slag off something for being shite.

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Unique sound. The vocals fit with instrumentals in a subtle way but it really works. Aside from “Rock Music” the album was nicely congruent.

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Quite liked it. Might be better than Dolittle.

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From what I had heard from the Pixies already I liked. Solid album all round. Listened to it twice.

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I love the Pixies, but it’s weird that it’s Bossanova and not Doolittle, which arguably has all the good hits on it. Still, classic late 80s/90s rock.

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Every television station should break into severe weather coverage with the chorus of "Stormy Weather". I can't believe this hasn't already happened. Chalk it up to society's loss. Maybe not the best Pixies album, but that doesn't mean it isn't great. I credit SNL alum Garrett Morris, who apparently lived in the same apartment complex that the band was living in at the time.

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like it

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1990. Key Songs: The Happening, Is She Weird, Velouria

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Solid, I always associate with Modest Mouse for whatever reason but prefer the latter

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3/5 Music good but repetitive.

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-Heavy but occasionally futuristic -Not too long, didn't overstay its welcome

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was alright, I can see where Nirvana got their inspiration from

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Sick opening track. not bad album, knew a couple pixies songs before, they're pretty right though

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I really love Dolittle, and Dolittle this ain't. Not that it's bad, but almost every song feels a *bit* too long, and the vocal mixes can be a little off too.

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Definitely Rocked, felt like a bunch of deep tracks that I’ve never heard

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Whoa! Dig on Fire!

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Cecilia Ann is pretty sweet. Overall fun listen

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Pretty easy stuff to listen no. Nothing really stands out in a positive or negative way.

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I liked it but it couldn’t keep my attention. I kept walking away.

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Nothing stood out much after first listen. Intro track was fine.

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Good background music to work to. Velouria and Ana were favorites.

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Solid early 90's rock album. I liked it, didn't love it.

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Rock and Roll music was very metal. Ana has a great intro. The Happening felt really long for an otherwise tight album.

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Solid. Distant 3rd best Pixies album behind Doolittle and Surfer Rosa. 7/10

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Not the best Pixies album but a good'un

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Didn't know anything of this band prior but they were heavier than I expected. I like that.

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not that bad

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Very Pixies....

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Has some good songs, but then some are pretty awful. So a typical Pixies album, I guess. 3/5

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The first track was really promising, but the rest of it ended up pretty average.

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I loved the surfy opening track, but past that it was typically 90s indie rock, which is just not my thing

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I liked it... starting to appreciate the Pixies more and more.

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Not really feeling this one.... same as some of the other albums like this. Never really hooked me and gave me a reason to want to keep listening. The first song slaps though

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Feels idk punky? All over the world cool.

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Noisy and sometimes groovy. 5/10

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I do like the Pixies, but not this album as much as Doolittle. You can definitely hear how this album inspired Nirvana, Weezer, and tons of other alt-rockers.

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not bad!

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I liked it a decent amount, but nothing was super memorable. 7

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Fine. Nothing really stood out though.

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Quite enjoyed it, some tracks more than others. A steady ***

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Very catchy tunes! Has that polished, yet garage band sound.

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perfectly forgettable grunginess. Oddly dissonant in some later tracks.

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Better the second time around.

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Some good songs. Overall it was good. Nothing massively jumps out.

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Good enough but nothing super amazing

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Not bad

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Pretty good. The pixie sound is there. Lots of fun, proto-indie-punk catchy as hell foot tappers. Definitely ahead of its time. Velouria really stands out, shows hints of what’s to come. However, the album as a whole doesn’t reach the heights of their more mature albums. B-

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Frank Black Francis Pixie. No better scream among all the screamers. Soft verse loud chorus. Frank's language slang of syllables shastashee velouria havalina kadoona hiyanoom. Gen X galloping Boston beach Pixie. Looks nothing like an indie rock star. More like someone who would interview Marilyn Manson on MTV, or operate a local car wash. Modest Mouse loves you Frank. Bossanova is missing Surfer Rosa jagged edges and Doolittle hooks but it's still great. B+

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Another one of those bands that I only know the hits. I liked this, but felt very disjointed to me. Like every other song could have been a different band. The whole thing just didn’t gel as an album. It’s good though!

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Have tried to get into pixies over the years but have never found them to be as good as everyone seems to say they are!

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was hoping to like this more but was slightly disappointed :(

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A little too 80s punk/metal for me

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Never clicked for me

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Not quite as exciting as their other albums, although Dig for Fire is great

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An uns für sich echt gut und abwechslungsreich. Umgedreht könnte man sagen der rote Faden fehlt etwas

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Didn't listen too closely. Too rocky.

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Ok

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So much sprang up from what these guys did.

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It's was nice Nothing crazy I think I'm all Pixied out

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Velouria: Really like the guitar Lovely vocals Got a bit boring after the 2 minute mark - a bit boring Is she weird: Quirky vocals Bit repetitive and sounds a bit too sharp for my ears overall maybe a 5/10

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Liked this. Better than I expected.

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I can see why some folks would like this, but it's just not my jam.

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The Pixies have a sound that is consistent throughout the work I've heard. Bossanova has differing musical elements and devices. The composition ranges from simple to complex with layers of vocals and instrumentation but it's used sparingly throughout each song. The Pixies don't butter my bread but I respect the artistry and the musicianship and can see how they were influential to the 90s grunge/punk/rock scene.

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Cool alt rock. Some of the songs have a surf-rock type vibe.

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I feel I should like this more than I did, but I find the prixies a bit samey and never got the hype. Maybe I am a bad pixies fan as I only really like the hits. Highlight is probably is she weird

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Whenever I listen to The Pixies I enjoy them but there’s not really anything incredible about it to me. I enjoyed this and there’s some good fun alt and punk rock but I’m not going to remember it a week from now.

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Done.

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As someone who does not traditionally listen to rock, I am definitely not qualified to rate this album based on any of characteristics a typical rock listener wants in an album like this. With all that said, Bossanova is a juxtaposition of an album, contrasting intensely abrasive guitars and sometimes even purposely sour/devilish notes to softer, melodic and almost poppy ambience cut through with consistently great drums (seriously I love the drums on this album). To a rock fan this may feel like the light and dark battling it out in a beautiful piece of art, but to someone like me who doesn't normally gravitate this sound, it would be more accurately described as an intense sprint with momentary gasps of fresh air between dashes. Notable songs (FOR ME): "Dig for Fire", "Hang Wire" and "Stormy Weather".

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Not my favorite

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3.5 honestly Ana Allison The Happening Havalina

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Such a dramatic step down from their previous material but still slaps here and there.

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It's indie but it's good. Bit forgettable though, first couple of songs were the best by far. 3/5.

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I like the Pixies and I’ve listened to this album a fair bit over the years. I don’t know that I think this is their best: the execution is a little muddy in places.

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Shouty, screamy, quiet, loud, aliens, love, hate, rock music. Pixies. Best Tracks: Velouria; Is She Weird; Dig For Fire

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The Pixies are in their own field of 90's alt rock. The being, there doesn't seem to be any other band like them. And to that extent they're pretty good at what they do, but it's not for me. I think that, for the people that it is for, they'll absolutely love it. I can easily see this being my favorite album if I was more into the sound, because The Pixies are exceptionally good at what they're doing here.

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Album voorspelt veel goeds met het instrumentale openingsnummer dat aanvoelt als filmmuziek. Helaas is het tweede nummer echt schreeuwlelijk, met als resultaat dat mijn interesse flink weggezakt is. De rest van het album kan ik goed luisteren en klinkt zeker niet onaardig. Maar niet meteen iets wat me opvalt. Beetje zoals zoveel rockbandjes. ***

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eh.... 3?

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October 7, 2021 Not bad!

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Pretty cool. Can definitely hear how this has shaped a lot of recent things

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At the time, mind blowing, but that was because I had consumed surfer Rosa and Doolittle and wanted just more and more pixies. Over time, I have come to the conclusion that SR and D were the highlight albums for me, and Bossanova was great but not quite hitting those early heights. Still quite fabulous, obvs

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A very solid listen, no stand-out tracks for me but good variety and some great grooves. Better than 80% of the non-grunge music coming out in the early 90s.

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Niby pierwszy album pixiesow na liscie, ale album pana franka blacka juz jakby zaprezentowal pixiesowe granie, ale to pewnie nie pierwszy i nie ostatni album tej bandy na liscie, bo bossanova nie rzuca sie na mysl jako reprezentacyjny krazek zespolu, tym razem rodem z hameryczki, sama plyta to indyjskie rokowanie lat 90 w iscie pixielowym stylu z mocnymi chorusowymi akcentami gitarkowymi, do tego basik, drumsy i gitarowanie blackowe, no i backujace wokale skladu, zwlaszcza pani kim z basika tworza pixiesowe brzmienie, podobnie jest w kompozycji kawalkow w wiekszosci mozna je podzielic na traki powtarzajace przez caly kawalek elementy refrenu lub caly refren z lekko zmienianymi zwrotkami jak na is she weird, kolejnym typem songow beda 5 minutowce o wszystkim i niczym, zreszta to tez pixiesowa cecha charakterystyczna bezsensownosc liryczna pana blacka, sluchajac czegos takiego samemu trzeba nadac sensu temu czego sie slucha, z tego powodu nie ma co nawet brac sie za interpretacje trakow, bo albo sa one tak proste, ze jest ona zbyteczna lub tak skomplikowane, ze bezsensowne, na plejke wrzuce przedstawicieli obu tych stronnictw wspomniany kwalek is she weird i bardziej monologowobezsensowny dig for fire, albumik sluchalny, ale pixiesy maja jeszcze zdecydowanie mocniejszy material w swojej dyskografii

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Enjoyable listen without ever reaching across the emotional aisle of the mind.

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Not as great as Doolittle but still good. I don't think I'd really go back to this album much though.

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Did not expect to hear that western theme at the beginning, or whatever that was. Overall, hard for me to get into this band, not much of this was holding my attention.

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cool album has some nice songs a little bit alternative compared to mainstream rock

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Velouria is a cool song. Ana is interesting. Back half drags a little. Sounds and production aren’t too interesting. I can kinda see how Weezer was influenced by them.

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3.6 - It has its brilliant moments but they seem keener on showing off how cool and in-the-know they are. Definitely impressive how woven into the fabric of modern rock they are but I’m left cold.

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Punk sensibilities in a noise rock suit. Tracks are hit or miss, but there's a good amount of experimentation and influences from other genres, which keep things interesting.

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Two pixies albums in 3 days, hmmm. Heavy surf-rock vibe. More of a pop sensibility, but still with some of raucous energy of Surfer Rosa. Doesn't hit the high points as strongly as Doolittle.

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Fun and engaging album with some great variety, makes for a quick and enjoyable listen, but didn't change my life

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I can't believe I never listened to an entire Pixies album. What a refreshing discovery. As well, they are originally from Boston! The album began strong, and then it started decaying, imo.

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ok

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We've had a lot of pixies on this list, my opinion on them is still much the same. It's enjoyable but not a stand-out album for me

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I like the Pixies in general, but I didn't find much in this album that really grabbed me. Both Surfer Rosa and Doolittle had songs that I really liked, but none of the songs here really stood out to me. It sounds like the Pixies, it was really consistent without being boring, but it never really seemed to reach the heights of the other two albums for me 3/5

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Some good noise that you can get a little lost in, but honestly nothing that really shines for me.

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The album radio tho..

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SHOCKED to discover there's a Pixies song longer than 5 minutes. It's an entertaining listen for sure, but I wouldn't say an essential one. After releasing Doolittle the previous year it feels like they might've phoned this one in juuuust a little. 3.5.

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Pretty Good

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meh 5/10

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Nice to hear a whole album

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3.5

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Probably a bit unfairly I listened to this right after Doolittle, and unfortunately it doesn’t quite have the same impact. It’s a solid sounding album, but the songs struggle to jump out and make an impression. If anything its slightly more consistent of an album than Doolittle, it feels like it has a slightly darker tone, more spacey alt-rock but a bit more gothy. Unfortunately tends to get a bit irritating at times. 3/5 - It was was alright, probably won’t listen again

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Skoro sam 2 dao, kad paše onda stvarno super, kad ne uši me bole. Očekivao sam puno više. Velouria easily najjača pjesma na albumu i šire!

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too ruidous

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fun

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Wel prima maar kan toch nooit helemaal genieten van de pixies, na een paar nummers wordt het zeurderig

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i'd say this was average! i enjoyed it just fine and there was some excellent guitar noises, but it didn’t super stand out to me. since reading dracula, i can say this is one of my favorite lyrics: “is she weird, is she white, is she promised to the night?”

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5/10 Best song - The Happening

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lala

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Ok-ish

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3.5/5

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Solid album. But not my favorite from the pixies

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It's not Doolittle. There was a lot to like but The Happening...that just feels like another seed towards Kim Deal leaving the band

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Third best OG Pixies album. Over the years, I’ve seldom listened past Velouria. Today I confirmed why.

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Unspecial but unoffensive

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What I'm listening to....It distains the name "Bossa Nova"

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Strong 3, decent

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Not as good as the first two. Still good, but just not quite there. Can't put my finger on why, maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the production. Seems much more of its time than Doolittle or Surfer Rosa.

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Wisselend, als je het mij vraagt. Zitten wel echt leuke elementen in, zoals dat hoge gezang icm de ruigere muziek.

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Leuk om een keer gehoord te hebben, maar ik ben niet zo'n fan van de zang.

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Fine, but not particularly mind-blowing. A bit too angry and shouty for my tastes at the beginning, but settles down a bit without losing its energy. Nothing that really stands out, bottom end of a 3 I think.

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Some nice stuff in there, but - it's no Doolittle.

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Sits at the intersection of the decades gracefully, calling back to 80s guitar tones and melodies (some things on here sound verbatim Clash) while dialing up the distortion that would pervade the 90s grunge scene. Not all tracks on here are memorable or enjoyable, but the LP still deserves big props for balancing such a notable shift in popular styles as well as it does.

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Interesting mix of spacey and trashy rock music here. I tend to lean towards the former, so the record finished better than it started off for me. A few really decent songs on it, although most were too quick or one-dimensional to make me want to come back. 6/10

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Another good one of theirs.

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It is fine, kinda gloomy sticky moody music. It won't really depress you but it won't cheer you up either. Reminded me of Paradise Lost here and there.

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Decent punky album

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To me, the Pixies fall into a similar category of esoteric or contentious brilliance and I think 'Bossanova' is perfectly curated collection of songs that illustrate what I mean. Each track is captivating in its own way, but it's hard to tell whether you're still listening because of the harmony or the dissonance. The band manages to flirt right at the boundaries of both ends of that spectrum simultaneously, turning it into more of a closed loop than a continuum. Overall, the album is built on the foundation of an electrified and blurred out beach-rock sound. The moods of the album are varied, ranging from mellow (i.e. 'Havalina') to manic (i.e. 'Rock Music') and many unsettled points in between (i.e. 'Is She Weird'), 'Hang Wire'). The vocals are all over the place and seem to be deliberately imperfect, and there is a quirk there that makes it all work. And I think that's the thing about the Pixies. They are easy to dismiss or dislike on the surface. I've personally resisted getting into their music and really understanding its appeal. You have to spend time with it and grow a personal connection. That's not what everyone is looking for when it comes to music, certainly not of this genre, but it's there if you've got time to give.

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Flashes of brilliance. Too much filler. Best track: Velouria

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There are some good tunes here. The Pixies definitely have a distinctive styles and cadence, The problem is that they use the same style throughout the album so it all blends together after awhile.

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After Surfer Rosa and DooLittle this LP doesn't seem to be taking us anywhere. Velouria is a good song but seems like a rehash of Wave of Mutilation. Hang Wire sounds like... The album seems to be making a statement that their best stuff is behind them. Funny title, though.

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Call me crazy but after reading the name of the album I was expecting, well, Bossa Nova. Silly me. Anyway, it's a good off the beaten track album that is very heavy, raw and energetic. I wouldn't be interested in this every day, but it works for me today.

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Eh, it was alright. Didn't enjoy all of it, just a few tracks.

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Didnt love this. Was kinda interesting the vocals threw me off. Velouria was the most okay.

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Number two from the Pixies I believe, and I think it's enough of a sample size for me to say I enjoy this band. Definitely not on the same level as Surfer Rosa for me, but still some great cuts on here. Though for some reason I replayed the last few tracks multiple times and it was like I was stuck in the Bermuda Triangle, they kept slipping by without me catching anything. Cool album though! Favorite tracks: All Over the World, Dig for Fire, Is She Weird. Album art: Galactic and earthly at the same time. Seems like something Smash Mouth would do. Kind of cool design, but nothing too memorable. 3.5/5

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Not as strong as their first two albums in my eyes but still solid. Definitely the beginning of their downhill trajectory though unfortunately.

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Love the pixies

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Really good sounding 90s band. You can see that in the future of that band they will become more commercial and that's okay.

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D’unno wait that doesn’t look right

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Not a big fan of the Pixies. Not my kind of music. Too abrasive.

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Very innovative for its time, as it sounds much more modern than its release date implies. However, it does not contain many memorable moments throughout its runtime (to me, at least). The vocals are at times unintelligible however the instrumentals are good throughout. The last two songs contain a significant shift in mood though, to be fair.

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Too cool for me.

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Just not for me.

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Had some good songs but overall not a huge fan

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interesting album, wouldnt listen again but pretty okay

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not my cup of tea.

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Pixies has never really clicked for me. It's fine, just a combination of sounds that isn't *magic* to me.

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Couldn't get through it, maybe it was just the wrong mood for the day.

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Bueno, no está mal...

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Was ok but not my jam

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Solid album, bit more straightforward than some of their other work. Gotta say I love the album artwork. Computer graphics were just starting to become more of a mainstream thing, and this art direction totally defined my youth. From Wargames to Hackers to browsing the magazine section at Barnes and Noble in search of the latest issue of 2600. The early 90s must have been such a wild time to be an adult, seeing a mass migration of life from analog to digital, creating digital work while stuck in an analog episteme. There were so many opportunities through the 90s, 00s, and 10s to shed the shackles of an analog past, yet still we click on a floppy disk icon to save our documents, still arrange the same alphanumeric keys in the same layout on our phones. Clearly our technology advances more rapidly than our understanding of it. I give this album 2 stars; I give my nostalgia 3.

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- punk, thank you - like Horkyze Slize but not funny

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Real tough to judge. I really liked the first instrumental song but almost everything else was somewhat forgettable. It wasn't as much of a drag as that Blue Cheer album and it grew on me a bit, but not really all that exciting. I think I could return to this one Saved: Cecilia Ann, Ana, The Happening

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Just like me determined! to walk past the bakery welcome in the Lidle..It started off so well

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It is a rock album that combines hard electric-guitars sound and tenor man's vocals.

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Pretty meh to be honest. Some really bad songs, some decent songs but nothing special overall in my opinion.

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These albums are just getting worse and worse

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Not my cup of tea

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nah

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Too edgy for my liking

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Not a fan

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Fan undrar om inte mina förväntningar inte riktigt bemöttes? Jag blev väldigt glad när jag såg att det var Pixies för det är ett band jag känt att jag lyssnat för lite på. Det kan bara ha varit att jag inte var uppmärksam nog eller inte nog sugen att lyssna på ett album vid genomlyssning, men det var inte riktigt vad jag tänkte mig. Det var absolut inte dåligt, men heller inte som lämnar några stora spår. Olyckligt, kanske nästa gång Pixies dyker upp för mig blir en slam dunk? Jag hoppas det.

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Good sound .

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I wasn't a fan of the first few tracks, but it picked up after a while. Rating relatively to the rest of this list, not in general.

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First listen. Need to hear this again. 2/5 for now.

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jag önskar verkligen att jag skulle tycka om albumet men det var alldeles för ojämt och tråkgit i slutändan, även om det fanns en del guldkorn.

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Rätt medelmåttig upplevelse, inte jätteförtjust i denna lite monotiniska 'grunge:iga-proto-metal' (?) som tyvärr verkar vara Pixies sound. Börjar rätt starkt men blir sen snabbt rätt trist och trillar in i 'Rock Songs The Album' med några undantag. De låter som de flesta grunge-rockgrupper från 90-talet. Mycket möjligt att de va Pixies som va pionjärer inom denna genre och de är de andra som låter som Pixies men jag får ingen känsla av att bryta ny mark. Kompentent ljudkvalitativt men inget som imponerar heller. Dig for Fire är den mest efterblivna låten som någonsin har skrivits. De är duktiga musiker och fattar varför folk gillar dem.

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Assumed I wouldn't like it, and *really* didn't like the first couple songs. After that the album settles into kind of less catch Nirvana territory. Meh but not the absolute worst.

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Bila sam u dosta nadrkanom moodu jučer pa možda mi se zato nije toliko svidilo. A MOŽDA mi se oni nikad nisu svidili, možda sam samo uvijek mislila da mi se sviđaju. Od ove druge pjesme "rock music" mi je doslo da se bacim pred tramvaj kad je krenula. Al bilo je i nekih dobrih trenutaka. Al ne.

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Okay.

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Ugh.

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2/5 too hard for my taste

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the song "Rock Music" sums it up; it's rock music defined.

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Great band, crap album. The best song 'Dig for Fire' on the album holds a small candle to the great classics this band wrote in other albums. Quite a disappointment.

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Not offensively bad, but definitely none of the catchy Pixies tracks I love from their early albums. Nothing to return to on this really.

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thought i'd like this - not so much. expected where is my mind like songs, didn't get it.

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No me ha dicho nada

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I liked it. I think I need to hear it again though. 2.5 / 5 for now.

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Meh

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Bit disappointing, considering Surfer Rosa... Just a blur in the background. Shannah - 1 Bill - 2 Conor - 2 (1.67/5)

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I know they were influential or whatever, but the Pixies just bore me terribly.

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Best Song: Rock Music. Maybe it is a product of my low expectations coming in, but the visceral, aggressive sound of this song took me my surprise. Worst Song: Blown Away. Not spectacularly worse than the other songs in the album, but just a kid of dull, plodding track. Overall: My opinion of the album generally was reduced by the difference between the song "Rock Music" and all the other tracks. I would have loved an album full of "Rock Music", and knowing that they could produce that style of music, what was on offer felt lukewarm, without that same punch and passion. Overall:

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A dark album that had songs that were angry or weird.

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The machine's creators have fell victim to the grinding, crushing gears of what they had once designed. 1990's "Bossanova" is the sound of a now exhausted and highly irritable band watering their sound down so they can chase trends that they were once lightyears ahead of. Pixies would have one last minor -and boy, do I mean minor- hurrah with "Trompe Le Monde" before breaking up, allegedly via Fax message from bandleader/megalomaniac Black Francis (showing that even when the band attempts to 'phone it in' that they are much too interesting to do straight), but "Bossanova" stands as testament to when legitimate innovators lose their spark and aim for something far far less.

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Good album, not a must hear, not the top of the Pixies discography. Best songs; Cecilia Ann, All Over the World, The Happening

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listened to it all the way through while I was working and can't remember any of the songs. That's about it for this one. Nothing stood out to me, nothing was outright skippable, but as I've said, that type of album doesn't need to be on this list.

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trash

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Didn’t get through the whole album. Not my thing. Rock music with very simple lyrics.

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Not a fan of punk to be honest. Don't listen to much if this.

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First song sounds like cowboy surfer music, the second song immediatley turns into some grunge-punk scream Kinda dig it so far I spoke way too soon, couldn't even finish the album, hated every song except the first one which i liked enough to add to my playlist

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Boring

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Just mindless hard rock playing. It's not really my thing. 3/10.

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Nothing interesting

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Really don't like the Pixies

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Not for me.

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Awful

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This album sound like a punk album recorded by someone who has no idea what punk is or was. It has no life

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boring. Just don't get the appeal.

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Didn’t like very well

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No thank you. Barb says it’s an awful lot of screamin’

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Noooo thank you :<

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Pixies were actually one of the first bands I ever saw perform live. First it was The Wombats who were opening, and then Pixies then Weezer. I didn't know Pixies at the time, but their live performance sucked so bad that it has tainted my perception of this band. I barely even like "Where Is My Mind?" and usually, I listen to covers of it instead. The Pixies just ruined any chance they had of me liking them that night.

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They really throw you for a curveball with the first three songs. It just switches genre so fast you can't recover. However, past that, its genre stays constant, but it's not a good genre. It's like more digestible noise, which isn't the worst thing? But I don't know who enjoys this mediocre stuff.

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Not that good

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1/5

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