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Doolittle

Pixies

1989

Doolittle

Album Summary

Doolittle is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989 on 4AD. Doolittle was the Pixies' first international release, with Elektra Records as the album's distributor in the United States and PolyGram in Canada. Pixies released two singles from Doolittle: "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven", both of which were chart successes on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US, while tracks such as "Debaser" and "Hey" have also received praise. The album itself reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart, an unexpected success for the band. Although it is considered the most accessible Pixies album, Doolittle is often regarded as the band's strongest and greatest work, and has continued to sell consistently well in the years since its release, being certified Gold in 1995 and Platinum in 2018 by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album has been cited as inspirational by many alternative artists, while numerous music publications have ranked it as one of the most influential albums ever. A 2003 poll of NME writers ranked Doolittle as the second-greatest album of all time, Rolling Stone placed the album at 141 on its 2020 list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and Pitchfork ranked it as the fourth best album of the 1980s.The album's offbeat and dark subject matter features references to surrealism, Biblical violence, torture and death.

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3.8

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6873

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Believe it or not, I've never listened to Doolittle all the way through before today, and now my brain is fried. It's as disorienting as if I'd been on a half dozen rides at a carnival after getting drunk. Maybe it's the sheer number of influences Frank Black draws from on Doolittle, from country to reggae; or how the album whipsaws from pop to punk on a dime, from sweet to shrill, or it could be the highly original freakshow lyrics, but no--ultimately, it's that all of this winds up sounding not like a stylistic mishmash, but rather an astonishingly congruent and cathartic artistic statement. Some of the songs on this album burn themselves into your brain on first hearing--Debaser, This Monkey's Gone To Heaven, and Wave of Mutilation come to mind--but every last track contributes to the cosmic mindfuckery that is Doolittle. Let me see if I can explain a little how the Pixies pull this off. It's not that these are virtuoso musicians or anything. It's more about how they bring together disparate elements in violently imaginative ways. One thing that Frank Black does is he tends to cut out sections of songs that would normally be left in as part of conventional pop structure. For example, on Debaser, there are these little two or four bar sections that connect ideas--they're exactly as long as they need to be and no longer. It's as if Frank Black found a way to make ADHD an integral part of his songwriting. And then, there's the contrasts: on the same song, check out how the poppy countermelody of Joey Santiago's guitar co-exists with Frank Black's shouted vocals. Or the segue from a gentle reggae lilt to a demented hillbilly stomp on Mr. Grieves? This is twisted stuff, even before you factor in lyrics about sliced eyeballs, driving into the ocean, and interracial relationship fantasies. Doolittle is a blast from beginning to end.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

Already a firm favourite. I get lost in the guitar before getting kicked by the angsty vocals. Love the backing vocals on this album. People forget the voice is another instrument. Quality

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Awk COME ON. It's feckin' Doolittle like. It's "alternative rock" at it's finest, whatever that actually means.

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

this album make me go wohoo like a cowboy

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

One of the most influential albums of the 80s. There would be no Nirvana, Radiohead, Strokes, etc. without this band or this record. Loud quiet loud, baby. This is a top to bottom masterpiece of noise, melody and killer production. Black Francis’ voice on this is shredded and Kim Deal is just the coolest bass player ever. Favorite track(s): Debaser, Tame, This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven Least favorite track: No 13 Baby

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Big part of my high school and college years and beyond. They laid the groundwork for so much that was to come (and which is still going). My favorite part is the unique phrasing. Everything is so infectiously memorable. The lyrics are a great combination of cryptic poetry and a down to earth, almost conversational quality. Their music too is a seductive balance of simplicity and sophistication. Very human/vulnerable. Love both Frank Black and Kim Deal. Saw Frank Black solo playing a good amount of pixies material in college for like 3+ hours. Such stamina and energy. Total force of nature. Sweat running down from his bald head into his eyes the whole time.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

I adore this album. It’s as if they wanted to play music like the early Beatles but every time they tried this twisted sound came out instead. Frank Black screeching vocals, Kim Deal’s insistent bass, Joey Santiago’s intricate guitar solos and David Lovering’s sharp drumming - what a combination.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
2

Doolittle is a very loud, noise-filled album and I don't mean that in a bad way at all. I'd never heard any of this bands music before, so it's safe to say that when I pressed play and the opening track 'Debaser' started to play, I wasn't expecting what I was hit with. Tame is filled with screams and really weird noises and made me feel rather uncomfortable, to be honest. The rest of the album is filled with more of the same loud, noisy vocals and instruments. I have never really listened to anything like this before and I enjoyed it.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

It's always interesting when you realize where an artist's influence comes from. A few songs in I was like... wait, Mitski??

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Awesome Alt-rock album. A long overdue intro to the Pixies

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

I need to listen to more Pixies

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Everything about this album is so on the money. So loose and tight at the same time. Cmon it's the best

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

At times visceral (Tame, Gouge Away) and at times pure pop (Here Comes Your Man, Debaser), Doolittle is an indie guitar masterpiece with hooks galore. Their loud quiet loud aesthetic has often been copied and maybe dulls the impact of listening to this album today but no band has done it better and on this album the Pixies nailed it.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Really cool well crafted almost pop rock in parts, in other parts however its really erratic and jarring. It doesn’t linger on one musical style for long. There’s a huge contrast between light and dark, it shouldn’t work but it does. Intricate and interesting guitar work, gritty but jangly at the same time. And the combination of male/female vocal styles is also really well done. I cant quite put my finger on it but I like it. And I also don’t like it. But I also love it, It’s weird. 5/5 - A really interesting listen, way better than I thought it would be. Listened repeatedly for a few days

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Another good album, am I gonna rush out to buy it? No. Will it eventually make its way into my collection? Possibly. But nothing wrong with it, just not my absolute cup of tea.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

I realize Pixies were a huge influence on the 1990s so-called "alternative" scene - the quiet/LOUD/quiet music that among others Nirvana capitalized on. So there are a lot of people that like it obviously :) - confession: I really hated this genre of music and especially when I lived in Boston around the time the Pixies were active; almost the opposite of the kind of music I was into and grew up on. I always find it good to revisit music I rejected years ago to see how I might hear it differently... I'm definitely way more open-minded about music than i was in my early 20s. I can appreciate a few of the songs as having a decent melody and I definitely tip my cap to them for being pioneers of this sound. Hearing "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven" throws me right back to being 22 again and walking around Harvard Square, heading into Newbury Comics... that was a nice memory :) All said, beyond those songs I don't enjoy it and won't listen again - would have reflexively given it a 1 star 20 years ago :D just out of spite haha and honestly still feel that way for most of it (would be 2 or 3/10) but I'll give it a 2 on influence -> still not for me (and Black Francis' voice is just a straight up 'no').

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Doolittle is an album who tries to find itself with a lot of songs (15) in a little time (39mins). It does not help since I felt as no ideas were experienced completely. The first half of the album reminds The Cure's songs while the other half, the more original and exciting one, creates an Radiohead-like atmosphere. Since the style varies so much during the listening, I felt lost and couldn't fully appreciate any songs due to its premature ending. What seems like a ground-breaking album, for it being in the list, will last in my mind as a compilation of attempts to find a new style.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Love the variety and “Hey” is on just about every mixed tape I ever made.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

We saw the Pixies perform this full album on it's 25th anniversary tour at DAR Constitution Hall. A seemingly unconventional venue for the Pixies. They must be true Daughters of the American Revolution. Kate asked if we heard this for the first time today, would we feel the same way about it that we do after discovering it at a much younger age and listening to it for more than two decades. This review nailed the dynamic of the Pixies, and what makes them so great - "The tension from straddling pop’s melodies with punk’s energy, Black Francis’ anguished lead vocals with bassist Kim Deal’s harmonies, and Deal’s own juxtaposition of flatly deadpan with perky and sweet make all of these tracks jump."

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Let's be serious for a moment: there's a serious argument to be made that this is the best rock record of the 80s. Yes there were bigger sellers, and this isn't exactly adhering to any prominent "sound" of the decade, but for the level of influence this thing has had ON TOP of some of the best damn songs ever, you cant help but think, maybe. Probably, even!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

This was so fun to listen to, especially in the car on my way to work. I saw my life in the 90's run right by my eyes. I can definitely hear how this album influenced so much 90's music. Not only is my favorite song 'Hey,' but if I wrote a song, I might call it 'Hey.' I needed to find out more about the songs, finding this piece that you all might be interested in: https://consequence.net/2019/04/pixies-doolittle-10-stories-behind-the-album/2/ And, this: https://www.nme.com/features/30-information-pixies-album-doolittle-30th-birthday-party-2476993 Now, my biggest question is if I should change my dating profile to say, "I'm looking for someone who whistles at me like in La La Love You."

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

It's all the best bits of rock n' roll from 1960s surf rock to 1980s hardcore thrown together in a way that is completely and utterly unique to the Pixies. Well it was unique at the time, every man and his dog ripped off the simultaneously abrassive and catchy formula in the early 1990s (hello Kurt). Although no one, Nirvana included, got anywhere near the surrealist genius of Charles' lyrics. It's in my top 5 favourite albums of all time without a doubt.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

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Mon May 02 2022
5

A magnificent album that somehow managed to push through to the mainstream. Who knew that tales of messy sex, chopping up body parts and dead monkeys would be so popular? Everything is perfect about Doolittle; the songs, the musicianship, the production. Kim Deal's bass is an absolute beast and holds it all together. Note how the quiet, loud, quiet thing predates Nirvana by a couple of years. One of the few albums that I could play on rotation and not get bored.

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Sat May 07 2022
5

What's not to love. Black Francis spirits and screaming out these strange stories, backed by that solid rhythm. But the thing that takes it next level is Joey Santiago's sonic wails, they just accentuate everything. Here Comes Your Man is great pop, written by Francis when he was 15.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised - a lot heavier (in sound and lyrical content), more substantial, and more interesting than my perception of the Pixies, which was formed by hearing "Where Is My Mind" over and over again in various contexts over many years.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

This album finds its way onto my rotation every few years. It's loud, dissonant, with some great melodies sprinkled in. It's like the band Television stopped practicing and playing long solos and the outcome was a rougher and cooler album. It sounds like a live album. Like you are watching them play on stage. No polish just raw music. It scratches a nostalgic itch really well and is fun, but I can't honestly say it holds up in today's world in any serious way. If it came out today I would not be sold. That being said it did come out in 1989 and was a real shake up, so for that reason it's an essential listen.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

There's a fine distinction between landfill [insert genre] bands, and bands that sort through everyone else's trash to make something new and, hopefully, exciting. The Pixies are that distinction.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
5

Have heard this one before but this time it really clicked, great stuff 👌

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

I've listened to a few of these songs before but never the entirety of the album. Loved it.

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Wed Dec 23 2020
5

один из любимейших среди инди-рок альбомов

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

A great mix of surf rock, danceable songs, and a twinge of instability.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

so good it's not even fair. i will play every track on the jukebox until the end of time.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

One of my all time favorites, so nice I listened twice. Just prototypical and great

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

This is really good, but should be listened to actively

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Amazing album, i like every song

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Damn that's good

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

You can’t really go wrong with this album

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

I don’t have a lot to say about this, don’t know enough about the genre or The Pixies but this album is great.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Absolutely stunning album from start to finish. Very catchy yet abrasive at times. A timeless album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Liked it and it was entertaining all the way through

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Fantastic album! So, so good mirror universe indie rock. Fave track - there are maybe 2 or 3 tracks on the album that _aren't_ contenders for being a fave. I'm going to pick "No. 13 Baby" from my listens yesterday as the highlight - those guitar lines!

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

I wish I found this in 1989

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

In my top 3 of all time

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

One of my all time favorites. Hey always makes me want to pick up my bass.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

It’s amazing to me that a band could be this weird, loud, and catchy all at the same time.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

SLICING UP EYEBALLS AH HA HA HA Favourite band of all time. Dark, Furious, Surreal, Funny, Melodic, Noisy And probably their most well known album (though I prefer Surfer Rosa as an album) Debaser is possibly my favourite pixies song, single at least. Wave of Mutilation also amazing. and Gouge Away. Ugh all of it! But some other less known absolute favourites are also here - La La Love You, Hey, Tame

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Well, my actual review got deleted when the page refreshed. So anywayyys...5 stars for this album of all killers 'n no fillers. Great job by a talented bunch of Mass-holes! They're probably Patriots fans too ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Every single song on this album is killer. A true masterpiece beginning to end.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

i love the pixies, they were basically the gateway to my punk phase this album is full of bangers

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Easily one of my favorite albums of all time. Such a cohesive album, it's innovative and creative and inspires me to be my creative best. Nearly perfect album. Favorite Tracks: "Debaser" "I Bleed" "Monkey Gone to Heaven" "Hey" "Gouge Away" "Wave of Mutilation"

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Once again, the Pixies do not disappoint. Doolittle is such an influential album that there's not much more I can say about it. It is a wonderful blend of punk, surf rock, and new wave that would go on to influence bands like Radiohead and Nirvana. This album is more accessible than their debut, Surfer Rosa, but without compromising what made them great.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Know this one well. Two Pixies albums in a row! Unlike Bossa Nova yesterday which I didn’t know well but thought had the same “vibe” but none of the tunes, this is an unequivocal start-to-finish classic that has been in permanent rotation since I first heard it 15 years ago.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Ladies and gentlemen. Here's the definition of indie.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

UN CHIEN ANDALOUSIA

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

Absolute classic, so many great hits in one album! Doolittle, Wave of Mutiliation, Here Comes Your Man and Monkey Gone to Heaven are in my repeat listens! I listened to this album 3 times in the day period it was given to me!

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Friends much cooler than I forced the Pixies on me in high school. Hey was on a mixtape that has a very special place in my heart and I still listen to the playlist often. I love this album so much.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

One of my all time favorites!

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Outstanding album. Every track is top drawer.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Just amazing…. Weird and wonderful!!! Easy 5.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Pretty much amazing. Raw, vibrating and energetic. Tunes of a lifetime mate.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

This album absolutely owns.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

So many great songs packed into less than 40 minutes!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

‘tame’- less kind to my ears first thing in the morning… ‘Wave of Mutilation’ on the other hand… ‘Here Comes your Man’ makes me feel nostalgic! It feels like pop- mind you, in the nineties I thought Radiohead was an appropriately jolly band to play at a party, so what do I know?! ‘monkey Gone to Heaven’- very familiar! And, one of the best songs about a monkey. ‘la la Love you’- I like the fact that there’s no ambiguity about the lyrics. I do love the noisy riffs, and tuneful melody combo.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

This sounds just as amazing as when I was 15. I remember getting Doolittle and anything else on an indie label out of the library! I love Kim Deal’s backing vocals and the playing on it still sounds really exciting.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Two 5s in a row is a rare treat and a third this week to boot. Christmas has come early. I wonder what we'll get on Christmas day. It better be fitting for the occasion. I don't want to be sat around with my family listening to Sinead O'Connor, crying into my Christmas Pudding.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

This is the album where it all came together for the Pixies; there expertise at going quiet-loud-quiet. Their expertise at churning beautiful pop melodies while maintaining their hard noisy edge. With songs like Debaser, Monkey Gone to Heaven, Here Comes Your Man and especially Gouge Away, The Pixies found the object blend of pop sensibilities and manic rock energy. A no brainer 5 star album.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Who doesn't love Pixies?

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Loved this album before thos app. This is definitely a must listen for everyone. Certified Alt rock classic.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

1989 - Alternative rock; indie rock; noise pop

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

I've listened to this album a billion times and will listen to it a billion more. Don't waste your time reading this review. Listen to the music.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Hi-Debaser, Tame, Wave of Mutilation, Here Comes Your Man, Crackity Jones Lo-Mr. Grieves Probably regarded as The Pixies most famous album (this reviewer prefers Trompe le Monde), it's wall-to-wall short and sweet bangers, packed to the gills with Frank Black and Kim Deal coolness, there really isn't a bad track in the bunch, maybe some that just aren't as good as others (Mr. Grieves), but nothing offensive and they're all short that by the time you might think of skipping a track, it's already over, with the longest cut clocking in just shy of 4 minutes. Unfortunately, that means the party is over all too quickly!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

One of those bands, like Velvet Underground, that spurred thousands to form bands of their own. This album and the previous release Surfer Rosa were absolutely electrifying to me, as a young musician at this time.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

I've never actually listened to Doolittle before today and I feel like I've done myself an injustice. There is not one bad song on this album. Some great musicianship and sheer inventiveness in each song, everything sounds different and still balanced. Definitely going into the rotation!

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Amazing album. Quiet / loud / quiet perfected. Have listened to this many times before and will continue to listen in the future.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Hard to revisit this one objectively. I remember purchasing this when it was first released and thinking this is the likely the best release of the year and one of the tops of the decade. Not much has dissuaded me that my initial impression was incorrect. I am a sucker for the combination of melodic pop and overlays of loud guitars. Add to it odd, cryptic lyrics and off kilter harmonies and I am sold.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Ahead of it's time and has aged so well. Love it.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

An absolutely perfect album

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

At their height, this is such a great end to end listen, almost a concept album but with several stand-out tracks. Hearing it again, it’s still fantastic, such crisp production, moving between silences and wall of sound

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Tue May 03 2022
5

different

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Wed May 04 2022
5

4.7 - fantastic album full of rock and roll excitement. Great nostalgia and bass licks that always bring smile to my face.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

I fucking love this album. It rocks very hard for me.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Just wasn't into them at the time but this was justifiably popular then and now. Great sound- almost retro and great energy paving the way for many bands afterwards. They blend all kinds of sounds into a cohesive whole and all the time it's never dull or repetitive. It either works or doesn't at all. For me it's 5*****

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Sun May 29 2022
5

I am thoroughly obsessed with this album I first got into this album when I was about 17 and it felt incredibly cathartic during an absolute shitshow time in my life, so it will always be special to me for that. And it's never grown old!!! Despite the darkness and weirdness of some of the lyrics, screaming along to them will always give me a big serotonin boost Its just so bloody good and an easy 5/5 for me Fave bits: literally all of it? Okay maybe the bit in Gouge Away when he screams "I break the WAAAAAAALLS"

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

How could you not give Doolittle 5 stars. There isn't a single moment on this album which isn't at the very least wildly entertaining. Its absolutely packed full of songs which not only set the template for decades of alternative rock. The fact that Here Comes Your Man, Wave of Mutilation, Hey, Monkey Gone To Heaven and the absolute monster of a song Debaser all appear on the same album is absolutely remarkable. Additionally a lot of modern music from Nirvana all the way through Pavement to the Strokes would probably sound very different. Dolittle deserves 5 stars and more.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

My favorite record by one of my favorite bands. No skips. Rips at any volume and in any setting. Kim Deal is the absolute best and her singing and playing are the soul of the record to me. But all the parts are great. On this, which must be way past my 100th listen, I’m really listening to the drums the most. So tasty, but with so much variety to them. Listen to the tom tom madness and weird fills on Dead and then the straight ahead snare/tambourine On Monkey Gone to Heaven. Totally different and you can’t imagine either song having the same impact without them.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Difícil de decidir. Por un lado, me imagino que este disco, cuando salió en 1989, fue totalmente adelantado a su tiempo, cuando las cosas sonaban en extremos como Pet Shop Boys o Metallica. Por otro lado, cuando los Pixies fueron "redescubiertos" por ahí del 2008, se convirtió en parte del sonido de muchos posers y básicas, y saturaron el tema. El disco se me hace bueno, aunque a veces se atasca un poco y la canción más popular que salió de él (Here Comes Your Man) es la que menos cuadra con el disco completo.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Really impressed with the variety here. A ton of great tracks. 4.5

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Mon May 24 2021
4

I'm quickly becoming a huge Pixies fan. Just legendary tunes and so amazingly different than anything else out there.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

It's a fantastic album that I listen to fairly regularly.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

more punkie than i thought it would be!

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

First time giving this Pixies album a listen. Glad I’ve got to know the Pixies better during all of this, well defo revisit this album more than the first one I reckon. Knew a couple of the tracks on there, and really enjoyed the ones that I didn’t already know. Here Comes Your Man is a classic.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

This has got me more into the Pixies than I ever have been. Some great tracks in here

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

I’m here for the Pixies. I had heard of them but never listened to them. Weezer vibes and I dig.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Good record. Gouge away <3

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Who doesn't love some Pixies

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I really like this album. I was hooked within like the first 12 seconds of Debaser. Those jangly chords are the truth.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

One of my college roommates was way into The Pixies, so I’m sure I’ve heard this album before. I was very much in the infancy of my music discovery at the time, and I was firmly committed to classic rock. This time I’m actually paying attention. I definitely remember Gouge Away fondly. The biggest surprise of this album is Here Comes Your Man. The chorus, and especially the lead guitar part, sound like a 1950s radio hit by a band of dudes wearing suits on the Ed Sullivan Show projected in black and white. Other highlights are Debaser, Monkey Gone to Heaven, and Hey. I very much dislike the screaming parts of Tame, but they are only a small slice of the album. It’s nice that my friend, J, and I get to bond a bit over this album 20 years after college. He got to tell me it’s about time, dumbass.

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