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Trompe Le Monde (1991) - A robust return to form, albeit a thoroughly crazed one, Trompe Le Monde is an oft-overlooked masterpiece, and a key jewel in the Pixies crown. Containing the masterpieces ‘U Mass’, ‘Planet of Sound’ and ‘Alec Eiffel,’ Trompe Le Monde is essential Pixies to say the least.
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The Pixies are perhaps best known for their excellent dance-punk-pop-grunge record Doolittle. The album's anthem, Debaser, and the poppier, happy-go-lucky-seeming Here Comes Your Man quickly win even the reluctant newcomers over. In terms of the Pixies' catalogue, Doolittle is easy listening. If Doolittle is the suburbs (which is a stretch, and no offense meant as I have only the most intense, burining respect for the Pixies cataloge as a whole) then Trompe Le Monde is just north of downtown, where most of the cars are pieced together with duct tape and nobody will walk at night. Things are just as messed up (well, perhaps a bit more messed up), but downtown they don't gloss it over. They don't cut their lawns, and uncollected newspapers rot in the bushes. Things are a little harder to look at here.
The first song, the title track, is very indicative of the record's sound and lyrics. On preliminary listens, the snippets of lyrics that can be easily discerned seem ridiculous ("go little record go/it is named by/some guy named joe). But what's ridiculous and what's not is entirely up to Black Francis in this case--after all, we take his screaming about french dogs seriously, don't we? Upon further investigation, the absurdity melts into a gorgeous, fractured imagery of the lost and the hunted.
Upon first listening to Trompe Le Monde, I was surprised at how reminescent it was of the Jesus and Mary Chain's Automatic--even without the cover of Head On, the two albums would have a lot in common.Read more ›
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.
Another great thing about this album is that Frank Black's songwriting really started to expand on this album. Bossa Nova was the first change in the Pixies' sound, but this album has so much more going on in it's songs than all of their previous recordings. Along with the arrangement of the album makes this one of my favorite albums to listen to from beginning to end.
If you like off-kilter pop songs w/ some aggression & some great hooks then buy this album.
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Being very satisfied with Mobile Fidelity's release of Pixies first three LPs, I've been hoping this would be released one day. Well, here it is! Read morePublished on May 2 2014 by The Choker
I love this album so much.... I am a new pixies fan so I never heard them in the normal order. This was the first one I heard and I loved it so I got Bossanova.. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by outshined
It's hard for me to tell you about the Pixies. They rock. They combine the Clash with the Sex Pistols with someone you don't know, their own flavor that is very special. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by russender
I just saw "Gouge," which was a terrific little documentary about the Pixies, but at the end it made me very sad because the interviewees characterized this album as the... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Glenn Thomas Davis
While I've always been fond of the Pixies, I've never been a student. I have my well-worn copies of Dolittle and Surfer Rosa. I love Frank Black as a song writer. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Elliott Brown
This is a great album. It's too bad they broke up. And, nothing that Frank Black has done since even comes close.Published on Dec 17 2003
I've been listening to the Pixies since I was 12. They'll always be one of the best rock bands ever. Yes, "Come on Pilgrim" is the first release, and the rawest. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by E. Bartoszak
Pixies swansong. Brilliant Album.
In 1991 there was only 1 album better than this and even that album had alot to thank the Pixies for. Read more