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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 CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • ASIN: B000026YEG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Rock Music 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Velouria 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Allison 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Ana 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. All Over The World 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Dig For Fire 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Down To The Well 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Happening 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Blown Away 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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PIXIES Bossanova (1998 UK 14-track CD album - Originally released in 1990 Bossanova is more polished than their earlier outings but still showing all the trademark bark-and-howl that fans had come to expect includes the singles Dig For Fireand Velouria complete with the picture / lyric booklet GAD0010CD)

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Opinion varies as to which seminal slab of the Pixies back-catalogue is the greatest. Those who think the perfect breakfast is a cup of black coffee and cigarette rate the earlier Surfer Rosa and Doolittle; whilst those who think breakfast should consist of cake prefer the laterBossanova and Trompe Le Monde. It's not as if the Pixies suddenly turned into the Bangles, though. Black Francis still yowls like a Second World War fought out entirely between battalions of cougars; and "Down To The Well" isn't anything other than extreme arse-kicking. But with the endlessly magnificent "Velouria" and as-hitty-as-the-Pixies-were-going-to-get hit single "Dig For Fire", the Pixies had learnt to use their heat and power to make crowns and coronets, not just cannon and shell. When Nirvana's Kurt Cobain wrote "Teen Spirit", he claimed he was "just trying to rip off a Pixies' song". These are the ones he was trying to rip off. --Caitlin Moran

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "juliestorey@hotmail.com" on 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 By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2003
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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 By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2005
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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 By A Customer on 10 July 2004
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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 By A Customer on 20 July 2000
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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 on 10 May 2013
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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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