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Surfer Rosa Original recording remastered
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Surfer Rosa (1988) - Their first full-length LP was voted album of the year by Melody Maker and Sounds in the UK, and unleashed their signature “lazy evil” on an unsuspecting public. ‘Gigantic’ may be one of the most recognized rock anthems ever, heralding the end of music as we knew it. ‘Bone Machine’, ‘Broken Face’, ‘Vamos’, and ‘Where Is My Mind’ round out this must-have for any music lover’s collection.
Before the Breeders and Frank Black, there was this Boston quartet, playing hardcore's rush and terseness against the acoustic grit and the minor-key flourish of Latin pop. Their first full-length album is their starkest, harsh and trebly, with the drums right in your face, and songs edited to eliminate any note that's not absolutely necessary. Singer Black Francis yelping away about destroyed bodies and the river Euphrates, alternately acting cryptic and crazed. Kim Deal, then calling herself "Mrs. John Murphy," contributes the highlight, "Gigantic," a creepy anthem about childhood voyeurism. The playing is snarly and tricky but unfailingly tuneful, and the hooks come out of nowhere, hiding behind the noise, and bite down hard. --Douglas Wolk
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This is just an amazing album. Messy, explosive, dirty, raw, brilliant -- those are just a few ways to describe it. Every track is great in its own way, but some standouts are "Bone Machine," "Where Is My Mind?", and the Kim Deal-penned "Gigantic," one of the best expressions of female sexuality I've ever heard. All of the instruments are excellent, particularly the drumming, and Black Francis' (Frank Black's) vocals are perfect. Some say the underproduction of Steve Albini is pretentious and unnecessary, but it's not -- it just means you have to listen a little harder, and that's a great thing.
I first heard this CD the day before yesterday, and I've listened to it six times since then -- that's how undeniably great it is. Do yourself a huge favor, and run out right away to buy this. If you like the kind of music that led you to be checking out Pixies albums on amazon, you'll love this album.
Every thumping, screaming, thrashing moment conjures images of bodies - usually bodies coming apart ("Break my body", "Broken face", "Bone machine"). But even what passes for romantic/love songs on the album are obsessed with physical detail, such as when Black Francis insists his lover prove her long-distance existence with physical evidence ("bloody your hands on the cactus tree/wipe it on your dress/and send it to me"). "Gigantic", which sports one of the best bass/guitar riffs *ever*, is obsessed not even with lust or sex, but with Kim Deal's swaggering celebration of her boyfriend's, ahem, "big big love". This exceedingly frank approach compliments their intense sound perfectly. The singing by both Deal and Francis is at the peak of their abilities, blending together like no male/female pair has sung since the Mamas and the Papas (if Mama Cass was into heavy metal). And, probably my favorite part, Black Francis produces probably the best screams I've ever heard throughout the album, particularly on "Bone Machine".
I could go on and on about Joey Santiago's remarkably innovative guitar playing and the fantastic drumming, but I'll leave it at this: Surfer Rosa is a crucial album for anyone who is interested in rock music made past 1989 or so. Most rock movements of the 90's, and therefore everything beyond, were deeply influenced by this album (most famously Kurt Cobain admitted to having "stolen" much of his sound from the band - stolen is a bit harsh, but somewhat accurate). No collection is complete without it.
And when you're talking about the Pixies that's something really good.
"Come on Pilgrim" had already shown traces of their future songwriting but the thrashing guitars had yet to be fused with their trademark rompant melodies(Steve Albini unarguably made them progress in the right direction).
The beginning is downright scorching and we're given no respite until Kim Deal's "Gigantic".The extremely abrasive "Something Against You" has my favorite riff ever(cuasi metallic,cuasi flamenco)and the choruses to the first two tracks are the Pixies at their very best.
It would be tiresome to describe all the details that make this album superb and that send it soaring above any possible contender,still the utterly perfect ballad "Where is my Mind?"(best ballad ever made?)and the melodic"River Euphrates"deserve reference.
Besides,Black Francis' lyrics are incredibly inventive and whatever the subject he tackles is you can almost always recognise his demented sense of humour peering through even the most violent wordplay as he even manages to mix some spanish words in his lyrical hodgepodge("Vamos a jugar a la playa"
"Surfer Rosa" is,like many have already said,the best punk album made after 1977 and an exciting and quite addictive rush of adrenaline matched by few other recordings.
"I was talking to preachy-preach about kissy-kiss
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda and he tried to molest me in the parking lot
Yep, yep yep YEP!"
"There was this boy who had two
Children with his sisters
They were his daughters
They were his favourite lovers"
Those are just two songs theres more weirdness to pass around but I wont go into it now. The vocals jump from sweet to scream as the verse changes to the chorus (this would later be a trademard of Nirvana). The production by steve albini is very raw but I tend to think that's for the best, these songs would sound pretty lame if they were too polished. In conclusion if you buy Surfer Rosa you'll be dancing your pants to their awesome rock sounds all night.
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My all time favorite album by my all time favorite band. If you don't own this album you should. You should also reconsider what you are doing with your life.Published 6 months ago by Olen Farrell
Love this cd. I loved their second release even more. I wish their new cd was this strong. I've listened to it many times already and kick myself for not getting it many years agoPublished 19 months ago by Peter Green
This is one of the most exciting listens available from any band. The album has clever lyrics, widely ranging vocal styles from Black Francis, and can evoke many emotions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steven Aldersley
Buy Buy Buy! If your ears are vomiting of todays chart topping music and you prefer someting a little more strange, weird, screamed, spine tingling and most importantly... Read morePublished on July 6 2005 by A Zapanta
This band did everything before anyone else. In the late eighties they rocked the casbah with surfer rosa, their second album. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Heather A. Brooks
Surfer Rosa is so seminal that this meager review can do it no justice. I'd be ashamed to provide a summary of this album; it's just so damn good. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Jenny Rose Ryan
This is the album to buy if you want to start getting into the Pixies.
I wasn't sure what to think about the album on my first listen. Read more
Well the Pixies are among my favorite bands. I got this CD when I was going to pick up Doolittle, but they didn't have it at the store (typical bad selection at CD stores), so I... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Jeremy Webber