Pixies
Bossanova


4.0
excellent

Review

by JohnnySixGuns USER (8 Reviews)
July 1st, 2007 | 18 replies | 4,330 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh look, a Pixes album. Must be great :)

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

OMG this album kicks my butt.. After much critical and some indie / underground success, the Pixes were on a creative roll back in the late '80's. And to get the '90's started right they would make this album, Bossanove.

Right off you can hear Bossanova is going to be a little different then previous efforts by the group. Although produced and engineered by the same team that worked on the now classic Doolittle less then two years before, it has a more polished, layered, and textured sound then the band possessed up to this point.

Kicking it all off with the surf rock instrumental Cecilia Ann the album roars from the start. Guitarist Joey Santiago is especially good on this cut, laying down some sonic Beach Boys twang while the rock solid rhythm section of bassist Kim Deal and David Lovering keep everything well anchored. But its anchors away lol with the next cut, Rock Music. Two minutes of ranting and screaming by singer Black Francis, and music so vicious if it were real it could blow on you and you'd turn to dust. I have no idea what this song is about, as the vocals are a scream. And really, the best thing is not knowing what its about. It's called Rock Music and it could burn down a barn, that's all I need to know.

Oh velveteen.....the real start of the album is at hand now, as the lovely and lush lead single Velouria spills from the speakers next. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album as its the first true song of the record, and features Kim Deal on vocals for the first time. Its a mid tempo number and reveals strong songwriting skills that while apparent before, were never quite this clear. The production makes the difference here, as the smoothing out of jagged edges and bolstering of the mix allow the songs to be fully fleshed out on record like never before.

From here on its just a matter of letting the album lead you. This is not the first Pixies album with a mainstream sound, but it is the first where you could say they were trying to make it sound real good in a studio craft sense. Every sound and nuance is honed to perfection, from the rich harmony vocals to the clean guitar work and tight, explosive drums of David Lovering. Some felt this recording was too refined to be a Pixies album, but the songs here overcome any niggles some might have about that. And the album sounds great. So 'peeps should stfu and enjoy greatness. =]

This album is very focused and expansive. It feels like a large work, a lot to take in. Ana is barely two minutes long but feels like five with it's mellow guitar intro and lush harmony vocals, Is She Weird is classic twisted Pixies with cryptic lyrics from Francis and some tasty guitar licks from Santiago, and Down To The Well is what The Toadies would have recorded four or five years later if they were worth a shi.t. I can hardly wait, BABY!, Francis sings out front of a slow, simmering, bombastic mega riff that would make Led Zeppelin hide their guitars. The is a sexy song. The Pixies are a sexy band. This is a sexy album. On this track the Pixes sound like a wrong turn down a dark road with a woman you shouldn't be with and bad intentions on your mind. They're like that sometimes. Sexy.

lol ok this review is getting long and I have to go to Walmart. So ima wrap it up. Other highlights include the drudgingly sonic Blown Away, with Francis sounding like Kim Deal on lead vocals, Dig For Fire with it's weird, stuttering rhythm and breaks, the ferocious Hang Wire (which features the lyric that gives this album its name), and the surf punk tune Allison. And everything else.

Pixies rock, 'nuff said. I have some toothpaste to buy. :wave:



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


You are the best writer on this website. Hands down. This is a great album, gret review. Keep em' comin.:smash:

The Jungler
July 1st 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We talked about this on the forums I think, so I'm not gonna repeat myself, suffice to say we disagree on this' production. Velouria really is one of the best Pixies songs of all time though.
Great review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



17920 Comments


i think its dumb that you use stuff like "lol" and "omg" in your review

its whatev tho

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



17920 Comments


do you think i don't know that

i still think its dumb

Tyler
Emeritus
July 1st 2007



7928 Comments


Why are you using this account?

Kaleid
July 1st 2007



710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have to say, I liked reading most of this, your enthusiam came through. It's a review that wasn't too full of itself, if you know what I mean.
But I must admit, lols, stfus and omgs don't really fit, and neither does this finish:

Pixies rock, 'nuff said. I have some toothpaste to buy. :wave:



Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


How do you know that its a alt account, I'm stupid.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 1st 2007



7928 Comments


Because we just know.

Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


YOU just know. I'm to supid ta know...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



17920 Comments


Yes. You are stupid.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
July 1st 2007



862 Comments


Not a fan of the review style but there was still a lot of info here. Probably my least favourite Pixies album.

JohnnySixGuns
July 1st 2007



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why are you using this account?

i only review new releases on my other. i have reviewed only six non new releases in the past year on it, and decided i wanted a way to write reviews of older albums without cluttering the staff page with them. plus i get to be casual about it and not be so precious about using certain words, phrases, reaching a certain standard, or anything, really. its fun =]
That's why alt accounts are fun.

WINNAR!

lol thats just how i roll :cool:This Message Edited On 07.01.07

tomwaits4noman
December 15th 2007



91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Other than Stormy Weather- possibly the only crap Pixies song its a great album "All Over the World" one of my favs.

MrKite
December 15th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The awesome thing is that Stormy Weather doesn't even suck!This Message Edited On 12.16.07

ckunke002
May 6th 2011



1033 Comments


I have all Pixies albums besides this, and love Doolittle and strongly like Trompe and Surfer Rosa. How does this one compare?

InbredJed
October 31st 2013



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"But its anchors away lol with the next cut"

someone esplaan this sentence to me

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The took the anchor off for the next song meaning they're going HAM

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

InbredJed
October 31st 2013



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I understand the colloquialism, just not the random "lol" in the middle of the sentence.



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