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Bossanova [CASSETTE] [Import]

Pixies Audio Cassette
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Beloved and enigmatic, influential and proudly difficult to categorize, the Pixies made a triumphant return in 2004 following an eleven-year hiatus. The celebrated band wowed both fans and critics at performances around the world and continued for seven years. For all those years, fans clamored for more and it remained uncertain as to whether or not the Pixies would ever record again. Until ... Read more in Amazon's Pixies Store

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  • Audio Cassette (2 Feb 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Not Specified
  • ASIN: B000053INT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Pixies - Bossanova Cassette Tape 0202I

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 12 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Following Doolittle, an album continually rated as one of the best albums ever (in a recent NME poll it was rated 2nd after the Stone Roses), was never going to be an easy task. The jury seems to be out on whether or not they accomplished this task.
Many fans of Pixies, including myself consider Bossanova a clever and sensible follow on to Doolittle. The melodies are the sweetest yet, songs like Alison are simply fantastic. The other half of Pixies fans seem to consider Bossanova a step too far towards commercialism, Dig for Fire about as accessable as the Pixies were going to get.
Whether you are a Pixies fan, or just have an ear for a great tune, you can't go far wrong with Bossanova. Worth buying after Doolittle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even I'll adore ya, my velouria 15 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The pxies fourth album is regarded by many to be their most tame, and to a certain extent this is true. It does have more melodic, quieter tracks, but this does nothing to diminish the overall power of the album. I wouldn't describe bossanova as more tame than their previous efforts, more that it's well....smoother. Black Francis has another outlet for his continuing obsession with aliens in "the happening", and the beautiful vocal talents of both Francis and Kim are shown off in the closing track "Havalina". Other stand out tracks include "hang wire", in which Francis' demented vocal stylings are allowed to flourish to their fullest and "all over the world", which features outstanding guitars from Joey Santiago (check out his cowboy get up in the sleeve photo's). Over all, just as amazing as everything else the pixies ever did. But it and meet me at the hang wire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a lot of listening to like 16 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think this album takes one hell of a lot of listening to appreciate. When I first bought it I thought is she weird, velouria, dig for fire and the happening were the only good songs. After about five or six listens I began to really appreciate the songs on this album and rank it as high as doolittle but for different reasons. Black Francis has been subtle this time and not done what people expect from him but challenges you to accept a different side of the pixes, a more softer, melodic side to them. And if you give this cd a chance You'll love it just as much as anything else they've done.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative Bossanova review title. 10 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As Pixies had hinted on 'Doolittle', their next album saw the band mutate into a slightly different beast. Gone were the Biblical references, frenzied Spanish vocals and (for the most part) sex; instead, Bossanova (the Pixies' fourth - and best - album)takes outer space as a frequent reference point and wraps it up in a dreamlike, sinister Summer's day. The sense of evil on the first three albums has now turned into a more mysterious feeling that - as on 'Ana' and 'Havalina' - occasionally draws clouds across the sun. Or something more ominous, maybe.
Although not quite as alien-obsessed as the following album, there's plenty here to suggest that Pixies were from another planet: The opening 'Cecilia Ann' and 'Rock Music', which suggest high-speed space travel and an intergalactic battle respectively; the lyrics to mini-classic 'Allison'; and the sci-fi-like theremin on the spookily romantic 'Velouria', to name a few examples.
The one fault with 'Bossanova' is that it is the first Pixies album to bear noticably less trace of Kim Deal. Her bass is no longer quite as dominant a force, she sings no lead vocals and not many backing vocals and contributes no new songs. That said, when her backing vocals put in an appearance - 'Velouria', 'Dig for Fire' and 'Havalina' notably - they add a divine dimension to already classic songs. As if to compensate, though, Black Francis' own vocals have mellowed. Not exclusively so - 'Rock Music''s vocal is nearly as terrifying as it was on 'Tame' - but when it's required he sounds both human and oddly angelic.
The album's crowning glory, however, is 'The Happening'. Telling the story of aliens landing on Earth ("saying 'Hi'") it encapsulates all that is great about 'Bossanova'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pixies pop album 20 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On this record the Pixies display a cleaner (and occasionally mellower) sound. It was seen by some as too polished but for me it is a perfect fusion of punk and pop. Which isn't to say there isn't still screaming (Rock Music might be their loudest moment) but generally it has to be said that the mood is lighter. The lyrics, for instance, are less pathological. Black Francis's interests have turned to, bizarrely enough, science fiction and meterology amongst other things. If you like the Pixies but you don't like their fiercer, more gothic moments this disc is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
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just as i say. if you want to buy a pixies lp, don;t make it this one., they're past their amazing best. still excellent and worth a listen- any pixies is still better than 95% of whats out there. but buy one of the earlier albums im fairly sure nearly all pixies fans would agree. this is more commercial and accessible and immediate but its not really the better for it.
theres a theme (if not by lyric, then by sound- often both) and a feeling of outer space (check the title,. durr!..), of aliens, of area 51, the desert, of landings.. quite eerie, very plausible.... contrived but designed, in fact very crafted. very intriguing. if this is the album the pixies (for whatever reason) set out to create, then its easily a 5 star-er.
why would they? i'm not sure.
indie, noisy, anthemic, odd, vegas, desert (i'm struggling!..) music.
indie 'velouria' reminds me of 'house of love'.. excellent tune but lacks depth. side one also has the oddly, beautifully crafted 'ana'- mesmerises- quite haunting a delicate complex melody. i think about how you would come up with such a peculiar yet lovely chord arrangement..but then just leave it with the acceptance that black francis can turn a tune better than i ever could! thats why i stack shelves!! such is the world---
to close s1 i really like 'all over the world' its like a soundtrack from close encounters, pixies sound like they're convinced we have been visited. uncanny. it meanders. epic. he appears to talk to the aliens through a megaphone.
i've rarely known an album so themed in its vibe. 'down to the well' puts oasis in their place. a good ten years before (im guessing) this is the real thing.
the narrative continues in 'the happening' (about.. you've guessed it- an alien landing).
perhaps 3 stars is mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cracking album!
Published 19 days ago by Kerry hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Bossanova MOBILE FIDELITY VERSION
As usual if you're interested in this version you're already a fan of this brilliant album. Being a strictly 2ch merchant I cannot give insight into the sacd element of this hybrid... Read more
Published 11 months ago by creamygoodness
4.0 out of 5 stars Pixies Best Album
I had this album when it first came out & over the years I lost my copy somewhere.

Decided to re-purchase - it still sounds as good as ever - in my view the best Pixies... Read more
Published 12 months ago by zimmerframemosher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill!
This is a fantastic album and sounds even better on record. I was pleased with the price. The item arrived fairly quickly and is in perfect condition. Thanks for this chaps.
Published 17 months ago by Emma Preston
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible music
I was expecting something about real bossanova no this awful rock group. no recommended if you like soft music. poor quality anyway
Published 22 months ago by virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Not there best album but a must have for any Pixies fan as there are a few new found classics on there :) Dispatched quick and the delivery was fast.
Published 23 months ago by Beau
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is without doubt one of the best albums ever -
The songs make me feel nostalgic about a time before i was even born, it's very odd. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossover classic
This album explores certain motifs, and the general feeling is that the paranormal is explored... UFOs, vampiric imagery, night-time scenes abound. Read more
Published on 15 April 2008 by Dmitri M. A. Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated pixies classic
When asked to name the best pixies album, people immediately jump to saying Doolitle or possibly surfa rosa. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2004 by "dan_halpin"
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