Heck, it's one of my favorite albums, period. Hard to believe that after the first time I listened to this album ten years ago, I thought it was a joke. Honestly. It all just sounded so...wrong. It seriously crossed my mind that, knowing they were breaking up, decided to release an intentionally horrible, sonically stupid record, just to see if people would say they like it cuz it's the Pixies.
Well, like many incredible albums, this one took a while to grow on me. Today, it's one of my top 10. I can't understand how so many fans don't count this one as being in the same leauge as Surfer and Doolittle. Yes, Kim Deal seems to be less involved, and as much as I always thought her voice was their secret weapon, the songs are just too good to hold that against them.
I will agree that if you're new to the band, start with one of the earlier CDs first. This album is, to me, like a graduate course for Pixie fans. Once you've heard their other music (all great, mind you), you can handle this one. Perhaps I took the course too early, which accounted for my initial dislike.