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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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Rating

3.79

Votes

5653

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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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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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

this album make me go wohoo like a cowboy

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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

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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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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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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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

Wantlist

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Sat May 15 2021
4

Was reading an article that said the Pixies were the most influential alt/indie rock band of all time and this album shows why.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Debaser, Monkey gone to heaven, Hey

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I like this album :) already heard it.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Gave this a good couple of listens as I've been looking forward to landing on a pixies album in this little adventure. Have always wanted to do a deep dive on them but never got around to it. This is a solid album with a few 5 star songs. Overall 4 but keen to hear more from them.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Excellent album, definitely on the forefront of the grunge/alternative rock movement. Funny, I always thought the song "Here Comes Your Man" was a remake of a classic 50s or 60s song. It just has that feel to it, but today I learned it's a Black Francis original. I don't love his voice but otherwise this is a very good album. 4 stars.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Finally some good fucking music

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I've heard most of the songs off of here, but I don't know that I've ever listened to this album before. So much of what would happen in rock in the 90s is presaged here, and yet this album doesn't sound dated. The sound quality could be a little better, as it sounds a bit lofi at times, but overall it's a really groundbreaking album with no obvious flaws 4/5

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

This was close to getting the 5th star. I remember listening to this album in 1990 at band camp. Then, maybe 6 or so years later hearing singles from it on the radio like it was something new. Such a good album.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Wow, the tracks on this are so short! It's a great vibe - I only knew Here Comes Your Man/Monkey Gone To Heaven before. I'm gutted that I missed out on grunge/alt while it was happening but at least I rode the Britpop wagon for all it was worth.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Great 1989 alternative music--a bit punk, a bit itself. From the first track I knew them. (Debaser). The hits on this album are "Here Comes Your Man" and "Hey"--I also liked Debaser, I Bleed, Monkey Gone to Heaven--and Silver. Gouge Away is good too.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Not a fan but this is a classic.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

TBH, I was probably the last to recognise this album’s greatness. At the time I used to think it paled in comparison with Guns N Roses. But it grew on me, eventually. And while not all of Doolittle is sweet, there are multiple tracks whose place in history has been cemented.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

2nd album is also one I'm intimately familiar with! Dunno the first time I actually listened through Doolittle, probably not that long ago actually. The big songs are all bangers and I like the less-popular tracks as well.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Dark and catchy songs, great lyrics and awesome vocals. You'll have to experience several listens to fully get the greatness of this album

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised at the opening of this one. Great guitar-forward anthem style song from a band I always attributed to songs like "Here Comes Your Man," which happens to be on this album. Debaser is a solid rock song. Wave of Mutilation is a great song! After listening to "I Bleed," I think Weezer has some explaining to do about that Sweater Song. This is a surprisingly great album!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

First time properly listening to the Pixies and I really enjoyed this.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I always kinda hated on the Pixies, but I'm not sure why. It probably had more to do with me not really liking the people who liked the Pixies back in the day. But - they're pretty dope. The songs are "out there" enough while still being catchy in a weird way. Plus, I think their influence on a lot of the 90s-2000s bands that I dig is pretty obvious. I'm still not sure I'm a Pixies "fan" - but I respect them. And - I'm giving them a one-star bump for all the hate and shade I used to throw their way.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

I didn't think that I would be thrilled with this one and the first few tracks didn't disappoint me on that sentiment...I mean, fine, but not anything that pushes me to want to listen more. Then around track 4 I started to warm up just a bit. Then I recognized one of the tracks (La La Love You) from a mixtape I received in my younger days and got the warm fuzzies. That endeared the album to me more.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

I didn’t expect to like this, but I really did.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I was hungover like anybody's business while listening to this. A few tracks I didn't quite have associated with The Pixies. Good album. Solid 4/5.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

YES! This is what I'm talking about. Songs that get in, get it done, and get out.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Quiet loud quiet loud - awesome alternative rock. Weird as hell lyrics, but this was surely the future of rock, Americana, and new wave post punk back in the late 80s? Loved seeing them back together at Brixton Academy in the early 2000s before Kim left. No disappointment even if Kim and Charles weren't talking to each other! Doolittle is still a great listen.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

I was ready to love this based off the singles but it’s too punk for me. I like a lot of the elements- thumping bass; surf guitar; interesting backing vocals; but the over all impression is shrill, shrieky and a bit angsty. If I was born in a different place at a different time I can imagine I’d love it.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

This is honestly a great album. Not something I thought I would be into but I was pleasantly surprised while listening to it. A solid album, maybe I should listen to some of Pixies’ other work.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Had some moments where I vibed with it, but just not generally my preferred style. I can see why some love this though.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Never really listened to a full Pixies album before. Some classics "Gouge Away" and "Here comes my man". Overall enjoyed, but probably takes a few more repeat cycles to fully click.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

It was cool listening to an album from the year I was born. Definitely grungy, which I thought I would like. The sound lyric wise is much more free form (think talking heads) but not as great as what comes later in the 90s. It’s a cool starting point into the type of music that will follow. If nothing else it’ll be cool to recognize one of these songs if they pop up.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Se me hizo muy difícil calificar este disco. Musicalmente es brutal. Así deberían tocar todas las bandas y en vivo seguro te volaba la cabeza. Además, puedes escuchar por algunos segundos a 722 bandas que en el '89 no sabían que iban a tocar así y seguro no sabían que formarían una banda. Mi problema creo que es con las letras. Ninguna me llama lo suficiente para cantarla, para quererla escuchar varias veces y aprenderla o siquiera traer la tonada. Reconozco su importancia y me gustaría que me gustara más pero hay algo que no deja que me encanten las canciones. Songs: Gouge away, Debaser

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

Experimental and undoubtedly inspirational, theres not a lot of filler on this album. While I enjoyed it and probably wouldn't argue if someone put it on, I don't think that I would ever put it on myself. There really isn't a stand out song on this one. It's experimental and accessible, but not particularly catchy. catchy

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

High energy garage rock. This album has some of Pixies best tunes including my favourite and inspo for early V Men - Hey. Having said that it’s a long album with a fair few filler songs which means I’m giving it a 3.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Expected filler. Got bangers. I was a fan of the lyrics and the vibe, but unsure how quickly I'd run back to this one. Solid. Ps. Here Comes Your Man is the most out of place song on any of the albums so far.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

Angst truly is timeless

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

The first half of the album was really quite enjoyable and I really liked 'Debaser'. The second half got weirder - 'Crackity Jones' and 'No 13 Baby' were not my favourites. I think this album is a grower, but I base my rating on first listen, so it's a 3.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Definitely an acquired taste, need more listens

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

An already stressful day enhanced by the fraught screams of the pixies into my eardrums. Resting heart rate 91bpm.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
1

Hate it. I really can't enjoy punk (or is this even punk? This album generator is giving me the feeling that I don't really know what punk is - but anyway, I hate this one). Somehow it's simultaneously annoying chaotic noise and musically absolutely boring to me.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

YES

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

One of my favorite albums! "Debaser", "Here comes your man", "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Gouge away" are classics, and most of the other tracks are bloody good too (except maybe "Tame")

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Kjærkomment gjenhør!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

One of my favorite alternative albums. Every song has a purpose, terrific pacing and just weird enough to separate it from the crowd

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

5 estrellas totales. Al menos por los recuerdos que me trae. Me pilló en el cambio del colegio al instituto en un momento que estaba de moda el Heavy y a mí no me gustaba. Pero esto sí. Guitarras potentes, melodía, estribillo todo lo que me sigue gustando de la música estaba ya ahí.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

I already liked this album. The Pixies are such a unique band IMO and in this album they show that's possible to showcase a variety of musical talents and styles and still put out a cohesive album.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Best

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

One of my all time favourites

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

So many bangers. A game changer for me in formative years. Shout out to Conrad Roots for making me listen

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Stone cold classic

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Marginally prefer this album to Surfer Rosa and I think it has a slightly stronger legacy probably because there are more recognisable songs like Debaser, Tame, Here Comes Your Man, Monkey Gone To Heaven, etc. 9/10

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

yes

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

oh please. 5 stars.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Absolute genius!!

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

It’s a collection of really brief songs that are also fully formed pieces. So you get one song that does a thing, then the next song will do something else.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

DIS CA ZO!! 10/10 ludomatics

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Know it well. Fantastic tunes

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

One of my favorites of all time!

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Un dels millors discos de rock alternatiu... de la història? I això que personalment sempre li tindré més carinyo a 'Bossanova', amb qui els vaig conèixer... però el llistat de singles imbatibles d'aquest és tan difícilment superable....

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Never knew this album came out in the 80s. Love it.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

It's a classic and every track is a standout quite frankly

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

One of the most influential collection of songs ever. It all slaps

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Superb from start to finish.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

So good. 9/10. Never listened to it all the way through before. Frantic, schizophrenic love songs. Unreal, loved it.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Heard this for the first time 15 years ago. Loved it then, love it now. Can understand why it’s an acquired taste though so 2s & 3s won’t surprise me.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Una maravilla! Ahora entiendo como es que inspiro a tantas bandas

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Classic album- loved listening to this again. Great memories of my Uni days. Debaser gives me goosebumps

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

I once fucked a pixie in the nostril. It died instantly.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

strong album.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Awesome album. 1989, their 2nd album. Here comes your man. Punk/grunge kind of sound.

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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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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Doolittle is one of high water mark albums of Alternative music to have come out of the US in my lifetime. None of the songs outstay their welcome. a stoned classic

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Debaser has me smiling this morning. This is a terrific thrash around punk album with great breakbeats, song structure, and a killer sense of song and album dynamics. Gouge Away leaves a yearning feeling in its wake.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

I had a group of friends in college who were really into Pixies. But at the time they never appealed to me. So I had an immediate negative reaction when I first saw this come up. Then I recalled that earlier in this project I fell in love with a Frank Black album. Maybe this won’t be so bad? I’m pleased to discover that I loved this album! The grungy/punky/surfy sound and dark themed surreal lyrics were very interesting to me. I saw it all more as paint brush strokes more than coherent stories I clearly understood. But I really like the songs painted on this album. Sometimes the cool kids are right! I have heard “Here Comes Your Man” before and really like this song. Other standouts: “Wave of Mutilation” and its crazy underwater references, “Monkey Gone To Heaven,” “Crackity Jones,” “La La Love You” (nice wolf whistle!), “No. 13 Baby,” “Hey,” and “Gouge Away.” I really enjoyed listening to this!

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Eu acredito que esse seja o meu álbum favorito de todos os tempos.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

I have no idea how they do this. I've listened to this for a long time and love it. But if someone describes songs like Tame and Crackity Jones, you would think this is unlistenable. But the violent vocal delivery somehow fits and there is plenty of time for balance and melodies as well. It's an incredible album.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Five stars!!! Oof both evocative of a previous life and still fucking good all these years later.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

My favorite Pixies album.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Miten mä en oo kuunnellut tätä kokonaisuutena aikaisemmin! Ihan vitun tight! Superkova wtf?! Sika hyvää ja nyanssirikasta kaahailuu 5/5

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Sun May 29 2022
5

Not much to say, just a legendary record

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Mon May 30 2022
5

One of my acquaintances in high school would give me the nickname 'Pixies' because of my love of this band at the time. So you can easily imagine how close to my heart this legendary record is. Probably in my top five list of all-time favorites... But reading the reviews from this group, it seems I'm far from being the only one to find this album so frigging good. Black Francis' muscled-yet-sugary pop chops, his geeky pot-pourri of surrealism conniving with references going from the bible to sci-fi, both of them mating with teenage angst--not to forget his stellar choruses and his mock-hardcore punk growls--along with Kim Deal's velvety background vocals or plucky basslines, Joey Santiago's forays into surf rock or jangle indie, and David Lovering's gated drums with a very retro (?) sound, (thanks to producer Gil Norton)--all of this makes it one for the ages, a record that's both adventurous and terrifically cohesive overall, both totally indiosyncratic and immediately catchy and hummable. A masterpiece. But what struck me the most reading all those reviews here, is the sheer number of *first-timers* telling how hard this record slapped them in the face, so to speak. Some of those first-timers already knew a few indie hits like "Wave Of Mutilation" or "Monkey Gone To Heaven" , but they couldn't anticipate how good everything else would be, from "Debaser"'s soaring introductory bassline to "Gouge Away'"s alternate use of minor and major chords to conclude the album on an ominous and surprisingly somber note. Commentators and reviewers have also rightly pointed out how important this album was for rock in general, with its quiet-loud-quiet dynamics foretelling the "alternative" explosion of the nineties of years later. But as Kurt Cobain knew himself--and this, probably at the very same time he confessed having 'ripped off' Pixies for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"--all of this wouldn't be worth a rat'a ass if the *songs* had not been so good. And personal. And hummable and weird and strange and funny and dark and twisted and light-hearted and wonderful. It takes a genius songwriter to recognize the genius of one of his peers. And this is what Doolittle is: pure genius. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  less than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

this is probably my favorite Pixies album nearly every song goes super hard one way or another, overall - 10/10

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Dope

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Just an amazingly good album. I only have 3 Pixies albums which just does not seem right because I still love all three. Surfer Rosa does seem to get the greater share of my listening time among the three, but this listen reminded me that Doolittle deserves much more of my attention than it's been getting. I think it is the stronger album over all. The production gives Kim Deal's bass the space it deserves moreso than on Surfer Rosa. A word about Kim who I think is The Pixies MVP. I absolutely love the tone of her bass and her playing is so clean and distinctive and underpins the Pixies sound perfectly. I've never really heard another bass player like her and Doolittle hilights this beautifully. Side one is nearly perfect and has the hits. Side 2 has the lesser known songs and may not get the love it deserves but by ending with Gouge Away it peaks at the end. An easy 5 star pick for me.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Wonderful album from start to finish.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

I love the dirty, grungy sound of this album. Love the album, saw the concert, bought the teeshirt. I'm all in

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Perfect album. I remember buying this in Golden Discs and listening to this on repeat on repeat on repeat.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

yes. fun and fruity

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

A really foundational album. It’s everything I love about grunge especially the way it doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can totally hear their influence on much later bands like grouplove. It’s very easy to listen to & fun all the while

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Always happy to see the Pixies show up, and wasn't expecting a 3rd album on this list so this was a very pleasant surprise. Compared to Surfer Rosa and Bossanova this is definitely a much more "accessible" album as the wiki states, and it's solid bangers front to back. Great guitar hooks, Here Comes Your Man has such an instantly recognizable riff that you can't help but get down to. Found myself recognizing a lot more songs than I expected as well, Debaser, Monkey Gone to Heaven, and Hey. Added a lot to the playlist off this listen, and would absolutely buy this album if I saw it out in the wild.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

One of my all-time favorite albums and band. The "Psychotic Beatles" (as David Bowie stated) have had and continue to have a massive influence on many "indie" bands. If you like this, I recommend Surfer Rosa next.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Classic

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

One of my favorites from the 80s. One of my favorite songs Monkey Gone to Heaven.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Some absolute bangers, great album. My only negative comment is I wish it was longer.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Top 10 of all time for me. Everything about this album is perfect. I still get the chills at their interplay in No 13 Baby

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Fantastic!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Favorite tracks: Debaser, Hey, Wave of Mutilation (B-side version), Mr. Grieves

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

sexy album

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Todd malone likey

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

The video game Rock Band allowed online players the options of purchasing various albums that were available to play in the game - this album was one of them. I have lovely memories of screaming at my living room TV during Monkey Goes to Heaven as I did my best Frank Black impersonation and mashed buttons on a toy guitar. Also, Here Comes Your Man is a perfect pop ditty (that must really rankle Black Francis) and the best song ever recorded about train-hopping hobos.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

This checks a lot of boxes for me. Rock but with some tonal variety throughout, hits spaced apart, decent non-hits that give the album room to breathe, sweet-spot track and album lengths, nostalgia. Favorite: Debaser

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Fun album from start to finish. Had a blast listening to it and plan on revisiting these Pixies fellas many more times in the future.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Damn this album is so good

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

And if the devil is six Then God is seven Then God is seven Then God is seven

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

pelado buena onda

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

great album. very unique sound with lots of bangers

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