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Trompe Le Monde [CASSETTE] [Import]

Pixies Audio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (8 Oct 1991)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000EKGJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

1. Trompe le Monde
2. Planet of Sound
3. Alec Eiffel
4. Sad Punk
5. Head On
6. U-Mass
7. Palace of the Brine
8. Letter to Memphis
9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
10. Space (I Believe In)
11. Subbacultcha
12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
13. Lovely Day
14. Motorway to Roswell
15. Navajo Know

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's take the motorway... 9 Jan 2007
By Petay
Format:Audio CD
The Pixies were an unusual band. They have been named as one of the most influential bands of all time yet, like the Beatles, no one actually honestly sounds like they did. A unique prospect, many would argue. And this album came at the end of their natural life, in 1991 - the same year as Kurt Cobain's Nevermind - and again showed the world what a few misfits and geeks from MIT in Boston, Mass. could do with some guitars, a penchant for Spanish and aliens, and the most frantic frontman of the era.

Songs as strong as 'Alec Eiffel' (a song about the designer of the Eiffel tower - 'He thought big and they called it a phallic little eiffel'), 'Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons' ( a song about the highest mountain/volcano in the Solar System, found on Mars) and 'Motorway to Roswell' ( a song about an alien) cannot help but make this album one of the most amazing slices of punk-fuzz-pop ever heard, and I would recommend it heartily.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All good 19 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It took 10 years for me to "get" Trompe Le Monde, but when I did, I realised that this work of celestial genius could well be the Pixies' best. Their previous albums are faultless, but TLM distills all the various elements that made up their sound, reinterprets them yet again, and blows your mind with its creativity and energy.
It's definitely an album that needs time to sink in, but it will reward the effort thanks to layer after layer of imaginative songwriting and incredible musicianship from all four members of the band. There is such subtlety and detail in the drumming and the bass lines that you can listen over and over and discover new sounds each time.
Apart from the Pixies, I cannot think of a band that invests so much energy into their songs. The first six songs just belt out a relentless stream of Pixie noise, but it's impossible not to scream along with these catchy songs, with a huge grin on your face.
Love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pixies-trompe le monde 25 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Over the past years it seems the pixies are always mentioned as "very influential" etc. Yet many critics simply wrote(and continue to write off) trompe le monde as the weakest album. It is my humble opinion that anyone who actually listens to this album will be impressed beyond recognition. Who gives a toss if Charles/Frank/Black(or whatever else he decides to call himself) sings about UFOs and Mexicans, the end result is pure genius resulting in an extremely gifted songwriter approaching the peak of his career. At the end of it all I defy anyone to knock someone who can pull off singing a line like "oh alexander i see you beneath the archway of aerodynamics".
Buy it, you wont hear better
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their very best 20 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
The best album from one of the greatest guitar bands ever. Every single track is excellent, but it would be worth getting for 'Subbacultcha' alone. Everybody talks about their influence on Nirvana, but the Pixies blow Kurt and chums out of the water. An essential piece of plastic; buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and brilliant...TLM is a masterpiece. 5 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Trompe le Monde is an aquired taste. Everyone's first Guiness tastes...well...afull, but matures to be exquisite. TLM goes beyond this sensation; it dazzles. An early NME journo accurately described it as 'a wall of noise with pockets of genius'. There are moments of appaling musical grime but, emerging from the ruins, come melody to which even John & Paul would nod their approval. Persevere, and this album will make your vocal chords strain as you sing 'Palace of the Brine' on the way home from work. History will shine most brightly on Trompe le Monde.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
All I can say is that anyone who hasn't got this album in their collection needs their head reading. Who could resist the ferocity of "Sad punk", the beauty of "Bird dream of the olympus mons", the poignancy of "Letter to Memphis" and the weird but wonderful "The Navajo know"? As a reviewer once commented "Sounds like he is screaming like a flying saucer had stole his kid sister". This is more than meer noise though, it is the foundation of the nineties rock scene. The freak big brother of Nirvana's "nevermind". buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
I remember this album coming out to less than good reviews although I always rather liked it,particularly after attending the fabledgig at the Brixton Academy(still got the ticket).I'd never heard so many songs before in one set.
Nice to see al the other reviews agree that this is as good as all the other Pixies albums.
Just buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 22 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
fantastic album...the weird subject matter of the songs coupled with the almost poppy hooklines and awesome at times heavy guitar playing makes this one of my alltime favourite 'guitar albums' and certainly up there with the soft bulletin as one of the best albums of the nineties
check out 'planet of sound' it still blows my head off every time i hear it even after all these years - i nearly crashed my car when i 1st heard it on the radio....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just great
Have been meaning to get the Pixies albums for ages, now I have got 3 so thats start, I have a few favourites, The Navajo Know, The Sad Punk and Subbacultcha.
Published 1 month ago by Katina Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Top draw
I'm re-discovering my love of the Pixies and twenty years on find them to be even better than I remember. Never liked the album cover though, reminded of biology class age twelve.
Published 10 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Pixies studio effort
Bought this to complete the collection after reading an official biography of the band. Better album than I remember not quite up there with Surfer Rosa & Doolittle but has it's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Psysonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated album of the 90s
To say that this is a Frank Black solo album, or a heavy metal album is simply not fair. Sure Kim Deal doesn't quite have the same presence as on Doolittle and Surfer Rosa, but we... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2007 by A. Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars not death to the pixies the pixies live....
black francis the genius behind the pixies and the utter beautiful racket they made...it's distorted the vocals are some times screamed but the utter beauty of the whole thing is... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2005 by .Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Recomend
I bought this C.D after a mate in my class at school told me to get it as it was "like nothing that you have ever heard before in your life" so i bought it and i Loved it. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2005 by "walton_mod"
5.0 out of 5 stars An album EVERYONE should own
This album is a fantasic journey from the first note to the last.Each track takes you to a different place. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Fool no one
I must admit on first listen this album seems uninspired, however after about half a dozen plays it reveals its genius. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2004
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