Pixies
Surfer Rosa


2.5
average

Review

by Smell The Cheese USER (17 Reviews)
June 8th, 2010 | 55 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Pixies were a group that inspired that inspired the early 90's alternative rock explosion, indeed it could be argued that the Boston foursome were the worlds first alternative rock band. Surfer Rosa is the groups first album, released in 1987 and later packaged in its most well known format with earlier EP Come On Pilgrim.

First things first, I really don't like this album much. Doolittle was a much better album than this, and the following 3 releases would show some interesting moments of songwriting but quality cuts are few and far between here on Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim. Of course, there is the groups most popular song Where Is My Mind? (and only because of its use in the last scene of Fight Club), which is a pretty decent little ditty that has a kind of timeless quality to its guitar tones, but there is something about that just doesn't wash with me. Many of the more "grungy" cuts here (characterised by filthy guitars and the like), such as Bone Machine are passable but kind of dull. I hate how the singer sometimes uses a high pitched voice, although Kim Deal's female backing vocals are nice. The drums are pretty consistent, guitar tones are nice and filthy yet melodic, and mostly its the basslines which make the music although they aren't as good here as on Doolittle.

Surfer Rosa doesn't have a lot going for it to me, most of the songs sound the same (sort of upbeat, jaunty lame rock music) and I don't understand the appeal and status it holds for a lot of people. Come On Pilgrim isn't much better, and two "mostly" wrongs don't make a right. Still, there are good moments to be had and it's worth a listen if you are into this sort of stuff.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the groups most popular song Where Is My Mind? (and only because of its use in the last scene of Fight Club)


ummmmmmmmmm, only eh?

buckfutter
June 8th 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ever heard of Debaser?

PuddlesPuddles
June 8th 2010


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Surfer Rosa doesn't have a lot going for it to me


Might want to change that a little

But I agree with the rating. This is pretty lame even though I don't care for Pixies anyway

porch
June 8th 2010


8459 Comments


hmm

Inveigh
June 8th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, I don't like this as much as Doolittle, but you gotta admit this is better than average

qwe3
June 8th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2.5 how is that possible

Inveigh
June 8th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if you're deaf then everything's average



except maybe like lil john or something that'll vibrate your balls

buckfutter
June 8th 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gibberish. Hey, like your review!

Meatplow
June 8th 2010


5524 Comments


Yeah, don't really care for this album much.

It's alright, but when I was first really into the group I ignored a lot of the weaker moments on here in favor of its highlights which are few and far between. Doolittle is a lot better, and i'm probably being charitable with my rating.

AggravatedYeti
June 8th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude needs to shave his legs

obviously.


Dotcommy
June 8th 2010


150 Comments


R.E.M. is the first alternative rock band.

Inveigh
June 8th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meatplow's avatar is mesmerizing

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


3775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idc about this review but what is your problem with fight club?

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

buckfutter
June 8th 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is that a snake tongue?

qwe3
June 8th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah dolittle is better but theyre both incredible

Comatorium.
June 8th 2010


4175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you're deaf then everything's average



except maybe like lil john or something that'll vibrate your balls


quoted for hilarity.

quit baggin on fight club.

review sucks.

neg.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

buckfutter
June 8th 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like to speak for the majority with your uninformed opinions, dont ya?

Comatorium.
June 8th 2010


4175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also, fight club was a book first... so quit bitching about the movie.

Titan50
June 8th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fight Club is, like, my third favourite film, stop hatin

Bad review, basically goes like "Yeah, you might like this but i don't"

qwe3
June 8th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a book that sucked



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