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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

3.39

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5438

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
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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Mon May 24 2021
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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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Fri Nov 19 2021
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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Thu Oct 15 2020
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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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
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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Fri Jan 07 2022
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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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

In the Sonic Youth vs Pixies war of the early 90’s, I served proudly on the Sonic Youth side. Their sound was cooler: more unpredictable, experimental and unique. Their name was cooler. They were from New York City, man…and the Pixies were from Boston. Rightly or not, these two bands are inextricably linked in my mind as being in opposition to each other, like two sides of a coin. Not that you couldn’t like both bands, but at some point you were going to have an argument with someone about which was better. To this day, I’d take a Sonic Youth record with me to a desert island before a Pixies record. I get why people would enjoy Pixies over Sonic Youth, though. It’s a much easier sound to digest: more conventional and familiar from a rock perspective, with a bit of controlled chaos thrown in. Me? I want to tear it all down, no rules, no adherence to tradition. Dismantle it and put it back together as something new and unique. Through that lens, Bossanova isn’t really anything special: a mostly traditional rock record with noise and aggression sprinkled through out. Especially listening to it now, their loud-quiet-loud formula has been used ad nauseam in mainstream alt-rock for the last few decades. What was once new and fresh is now cliche. Taken through another lens, the classic Pixies records were kind of a blueprint for what was to come. It’s not their fault that they struck gold and everyone else rushed to do the same. They were part of the push to take down the old guard and remake the mainstream for the better, even if it only lasted a couple years before getting swallowed up and re-relegated to the underground. So maybe it shouldn’t have been a discussion of Sonic Youth vs Pixies back then, but a discussion of Sonic Youth *and* Pixies (plus others) vs the world… Sonic Youth is still cooler, though.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
2

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

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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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Pixies always good, but nothing struck out to me here

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Thu Jul 22 2021
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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Mon Mar 21 2022
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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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

So good!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Ok

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Fri Feb 05 2021
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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Mon May 24 2021
5

my favourite album at the moment love it <3

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Mon May 24 2021
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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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Ahhhh the pixies!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

ITS A FIVE

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Fri May 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Jun 30 2021
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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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Brutal. Clásico.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Typische Pixies-sound. And I like it

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Fantastic

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Fri Oct 08 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

WAT EEN BEGIN goeie variatie production 🤌🏻 love this shit

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Some good songs on here

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Very cool

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

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

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

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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Mon Jan 31 2022
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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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

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

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Thu Mar 03 2022
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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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

hui

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I wrote a one act about this band

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Thu Apr 21 2022
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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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

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

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Sat Apr 23 2022
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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Fri Apr 29 2022
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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Sun May 01 2022
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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Fri May 27 2022
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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Mon May 30 2022
5

Class Pixies. Brilliant originals.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Harder pixies album. All about it

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Wed Jun 22 2022
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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Tue Jun 28 2022
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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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

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

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Still very good throughout.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
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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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

GOAT

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

"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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Thu Aug 11 2022
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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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This is real nice ! Can be listened very easily.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

The last great Pixies album.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Great album. Already loved it. 5/5

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

First Pixies record I ever bought. Played the hell out of it, but as I started collecting the rest of their records this one became the least favorite of them all as a teenager. Listening to this now; I don't know why this ever fell to the bottom. The reverbed out guitar, the super clean vocal harmonies, Black Francis' range from velvety smooth to gnarly growls, experimenting with the spacey dissonant melodies that made Trompe Le Monde such a great album. Easily a 5/5 album.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Not usually the kind of rock I’m into but I actually really enjoyed the album. Songs were repetitive but fun to listen to

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

I don't know how the pixies do it. Not necessarily always melodic or approachable, it is entirely engaging... with a variety that covers anger & energy as well songs with an ethereal quality. Fantastic.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Just matchless. A classic test of a great album is that different songs reveal themselves over time. On this listen the vocals and guitar on The Happening are just amazing.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

beautiful. every song is a masterpiece. would be a crime to rate this less than a 5.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

my favorite Pixies album. The production might be a bit polished for some but the songs are really great (and Gil Norton rules anyway). Fantastic

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

so bon

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Love the pixies!

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Nice album. I loved how there was some 'heavy' tracks and some that are associated with pixies in my head. Atmospheric, light&heavy. I really love style of Pixies. Reverbing guitar, strange in a good way lyrics. Sometimes a had a feeling that I wasn't listening to same group, but at the same time all tracks compliment each other well.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Great stuff incredible that it was made in 1990

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Gangbusters

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Tue Nov 17 2020
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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Tue Nov 17 2020
4

Talented guys. Manic sound

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Mon Jan 11 2021
4

def leppard and ac/dc vibes

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

I hear so many subsequent bands in this album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

is this bossanova?

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

purty decent, if a little obtuse fav track: havalina

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

This is what real alternative is.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Wed May 12 2021
4

Nice to listen to passively

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Mon May 24 2021
4

UGBHHHHH yeah. Velouria does something to a man.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Good album. Classic punk vibes

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Really good. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 18 2021
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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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Fantastic

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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Pretty good! Just good old fashioned hard rock music

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Great album. But it was overpassed for future albums

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

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

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Mon May 24 2021
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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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Fun alt/grunge angst. No bossa nova influences.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

It's not my favourite, but still pretty good

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Great album!

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Good album, Emil loved it

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Wtf?

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Thu Feb 11 2021
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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Not their best album, but still very good

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Quite interesting but enjoyable.

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Fri May 07 2021
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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Fri May 14 2021
4

Wieder ein klasse Pixies-Album!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Alltime Favourite. Teen Spirit Vibes

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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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Fri May 07 2021
4

legit

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Amazing beginning track

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Sun May 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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

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Wed Jul 07 2021
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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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Great sound to rock out to lol. Mamma likey

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Fri Jul 23 2021
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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Fri Jul 23 2021
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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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Very 90s vibe. Dig it.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
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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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 24 2021
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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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

this was surprisingly complex

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

It’s so weird but so good

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

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

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

mi piacciono di più surfer rosa e doolittle ma bello

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

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

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

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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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

snazzy

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Solid rock

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

This band is great, and Kim Deal is just so super cool.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

A great way to start 90s alt. rock.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Shoegazey and straight up mania.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Lo mejor q les he oido

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

det smakar mint!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

why is it called Bossanova though?

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

An essential rock album

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Standard Pixies. Good.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

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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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Rock indie. Bastante interesante.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Solid

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

first listen jangly indie rock

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Muy bueno

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Has some great tunes, love pixies 7.5/10

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Ja lekker, een wat rauwere Pixies.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Tue May 10 2022
4

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

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Tue May 24 2022
4

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

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Fri May 27 2022
4

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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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

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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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Solid

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Mmmm those are some tasty, tasty lamb chops

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

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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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

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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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Pixies never really appealed to me, now after a couple of times i started to like it ..... as nice background music that is

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

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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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Quite liked it. Might be better than Dolittle.

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