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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000026YEO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Trompe Le Monde 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Planet Of Sound 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Alec Eiffel 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Sad Punk 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Head On 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. U-mass 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Palace Of The Brine 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Letter To Memphis 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Space (i Believe In) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Subbacultcha 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lovely Day 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Motorway To Roswell 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Navajo Know 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Recorded in the spring of 1991, Trompe Le Monde became the final album recorded by the Pixies. Allegedly inspired by Ozzy Osbourne's presence in a neighbouring studio, this album has a distinctly harder edge than their previous releases, mirroring the growing dissension within the band's membership, while sacrificing none of the band's trademark pop sensibilities. The whole thing is buoyed along by a frantic rhythm; beneath the screaming, distorted guitars and Black Francis' surreal yelpings, one can faintly make out bassist Kim Deal's soothing harmonies and punchy rhythms holding the whole thing together. Lyrically, Black Francis continues to explore his obsession with aliens ("Motorway To Roswell") and the environment ("Distance Equals Rate Times Time"), while still allowing space for an inspired rendition of the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Head On". Although not as immediately accessible as Surfer Rosa or Doolittle, Trompe Le Monde is nevertheless as essential as any of the studio albums by the Pixies--arguably the most influential American indie band ever. Soon after this release, Black Francis began his solo career as Frank Black, while Kim Deal found success in the Breeders. --Robert Burrow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Petay on 9 Jan 2007
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Dec 2000
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar 2004
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Feb 2005
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johneffay on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 1999
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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 S. fraser on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 10 April 2010
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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