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Bossanova [Original recording remastered]

Pixies Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Bossanova (1990) - The Pixies went into interstellar overdrive, leaving earth-bound tales of murder and mutilation, for fables of time travel and alien landings. Displaying new depths of melodicism and maturity, ‘Velouria’, ‘Allison’ and ‘Dig For Fire’ still writhe with restrained angst and beauty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the weirdest thing the pixies ever did. April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
My favorite band throughout all of high school broke up when i was in 9th grade. It's ok though, cuz I dropped out before completing 10th. This is they: The Pixies.
Ecce Pixies. The first time I heard this (I had bought it earlier that day, in the cheap bin at the Aiken mall on cassette) I listened to it the whole thing, over and over, on the long greyhound ride from SC to WV, going home for Thanksgiving break, 1992... I was one week shy of 14.
It's odd- Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa are both visceral angry, snarling little albums- you can hear the progression, but they both sound similar. Same for Doolittle and Trompe le Monde- both are poppy, punky, surrealistic little goldmines with songs about topics as diverse as Roswell, Samson being blind and pulling down the temple pillars (Gouge Away), how we bringing the apocalypse down on or heads, love and gun-running on a panamanian schooner...
BUT. Bossanove sounds like nothing else The Pixies ever did. And that's why it's my fave (She's my fave, undressing in the sun...). It's an ethereal, black-as-night, grim but gorgeous album full of reckless punk screaming and the rambling lyrics of Black Francis, Ms. Deal's badass bassery, Dave's fine drumming and the ever-inimitable Mr. santiago's piercing guitar lines. This is the album that made me want to learn surf guitar (before all you cheap copsters with your pulp fiction soundtracks crashed the gates, he he).
Velouria, The Happening, Ana (my favorite song by them- a gentle and soft spanish masterpiece that stands out utterly in their corpus, sounds like waves breaking on blue sand at sunset), Cecilia Anne, Allison... This is an album that you can put on and enjoy. Oh, and it works really well if you put it on while waatching Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland,' indulge in some minor league organic substance abuse, turn the tv volume down and- ENJOY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like shoegazing Talking Heads May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was my formal introduction to a band that largely set the stage for the grunge generation of bands that followed after they disbanded in 1992, only to get back together in 2004 for the Coachella festival.
Though the comparison is a bit far fetched at times, for the most part, Pixies' 'Bossanova' makes me think of a raw Talking Heads (think "All Over The World" and "Dig for Fire"), showered with a shoegazing sound of sorts, such as the case of the closing track "Havalina" (my favorite in the album). There's plenty more great songs, like the brilliant "Rock Music" where the unsettling screaming goes in hand with the guitar riffs to deliver one solid album opener (though it's song #2, it feels as if the album doesn't start until you get to it), and the college classic, "Velouria", which is to say that this is one album that deserves close attention and listening.
Though for most newcomers into their music, you might not find the album to sink in after just one listening, the true downside of the album is the short length of most of the songs, many of which don't even live to see the 3-minute mark. Definitely leaves you wanting more, after a few listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Talking Heads playing shoegazing music May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was my formal introduction to a band that largely set the stage for the grunge generation of bands that followed after they disbanded in 1992, only to get back together in 2004 for the Coachella festival.
Though the comparison is a bit far fetched at times, for the most part, Pixies' 'Bossanova' makes me think of a raw Talking Heads (think "All Over The World" and "Dig for Fire"), showered with a shoegazing sound of sorts, such as the case of the closing track "Havalina" (my favorite in the album). There's plenty more great songs, like the brilliant "Rock Music" where the unsettling screaming goes in hand with the guitar riffs to deliver one solid album opener (though it's song #2, it feels as if the album doesn't start until you get to it), and the college classic, "Velouria", which is to say that this is one album that deserves close attention and listening.
Though for most newcomers into their music, you might not find the album to sink in after just one listening, the true downside of the album is the short length of most of the songs, many of which don't even live to see the 3-minute mark. Definitely leaves you wanting more, after a few listens.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Pixies May 4 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Someone has to say it, even if it gets me the dreaded "not useful" ratings for being negative about a CD from one of the best rock bands of all time. If you liked the raw sound of Surfer Rosa or Doolittle (two of the greatest CDs of all time), or the greatest hits/live double CD, Death to the Pixies, don't count on liking this. Despite 60 or 70 good reviews below.
This is the Pixies very toned down. There are a few songs I enjoy - mildly - every 5 years or so, like Digging for Fire and Velouria, but this CD was where I started to lose interest in this band. I could go on for pages about the greatness of the Pixies or Surfer Rosa. I think Kim Deal kept making good music for a long time after the Pixies. But the Pixies became boring to me right about here.
Your mileage may vary, but personally I'd go for Surfer Rosa, then Doolittle, any of the live CD's that come into print, and maybe even the new Wave of Mutilation best-of. And then to the Breeders and Amps if I want to keep the Kim Deal connection. In at least one rabid Pixies fan's opinion, if you don't need a complete Pixies collection, better to buy something from another band than this.
If you like Frank Black's solo work, or if you like other later Pixies CD's like Trompe Le Monde, disregard this - you may like Bossanova as well. It's just a huge break from the early sound of the band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's my kind of "Rock Music".
Even though "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle" get all the praise, this is actually the album I play most. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by H3@+h
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one from The Pixies.
Since listening to Bossanova was my introduction to the Pixies, it will probably always be my favorite Pixies album. Check out track 2, "Rock Music". Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Charles A. Threatte
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal weirdness, and some cuteness.Their 'prettiest'.
This album is their least 'raw' album.The singing is smoother, though still the trade-mark neurotic traits of Black Francis' expression. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Ulven
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Time for Stormy F*cking Weather
First, I listened to Doolittle. Second, I listened to Surfer Rosa. Third, I listened to Bossanova. I thought after Doolittle, how could the pixies impress me even more after... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest little collection of songs ever produced!
I have played this album literally hundreds of times from start to finish. A modern day masterpiece from the band that created alternative music. This band is truly blessed.
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Drew Rosenblatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
I love this album! A lot of reviewers state that Bossanova is not as good as Doolittle or Surfer Rosa; I disagree. It has the signature Pixies sound, but is more accessible. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Pixies disc
A bit slicker than some of their other recordings and with fewer memorable tunes, "Bossanova" is still a terrific release. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by David Bonesteel
5.0 out of 5 stars surreal, funky, quirky, tranquil, exhilarating, etc.....
This album sounds like nothing else done by any other artist or the pixies really. Trompe le monde has its "sonic" similarities but it's got a really different feel. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Gerth Mirthful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pixies best album
First theres no such thing as a bad pixies album,but some are better than others.Surfer Rosa and doolittle are amazingly ahead of there time, but if I want to introduce someone to... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by kelly parra
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