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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
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...
Published on 12 Jun 2003 by juliestorey@hotmail.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars by anyone elses standards 5 stars. compared to doolittle/surfer rosa.... not quite there.
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...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 12 Jun 2003
This review is from: Bossanova (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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a lot of listening to like, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative Bossanova review title., 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'. The verse is not unlike early Pixies: angry guitars, demented vocal, before erupting into a glorious sun-drenched chorus consisting of just one syllable stretched out in falsetto. Over an endlessly repated chorus, the final verse has Black Francis rounding off the tale in an slmost trance-like state. It's not as well-known as 'Gigantic' or 'Debaser', but it's more than equal to them.
Ultimately, your enjoyment of 'Bossanova' is down to to whether or not you are willing to accept that a band might want to stray from their winning formula. For those willing to listen, though, here is the sound of a band emerging into the light - but retaining enough of the dark to keep it interesting.
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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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars by anyone elses standards 5 stars. compared to doolittle/surfer rosa.... not quite there., 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.
crucial thing for me is...its odd that a band can be so fresh, open and encompassing, and then decide for whatever reason to very finely tune in to a theme on a subsequent album. im still not sure how to take this, and would still put this down the list on pixies albums. they could haved gone in any direction, and this wasn't a bad one, just a strange one.
3 stars, 4, 5?? you decide.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vibrating with pleasure, 31 Mar 2002
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Perhaps more so than any other Pixies album, this album showed that the band <had ideas and weren't just kids to say the least>. Here the group were keen to try slightly more conventional lyrics and a smoother, cleaner sound. It is a marvellously listenable album, although still retaining that cult appeal of Doolittle and Surfer Rosa. Many potential singles are the sign of a truly classic album, and this has at least eight - maybe more. The Pixies showed that you didn't have to be sullen and pouting to make a great indie record - just woollen and shouting. You'll love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated pixies classic, 25 Mar 2004
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When asked to name the best pixies album, people immediately jump to saying Doolitle or possibly surfa rosa. yet Bossanova certainly equals or evens beats them despite popular belief.
The album contains the same pixies formula. screeching, raw guitars, catchy choruses, and harsh vocals. What makes this album so good is the ability of Francis to combine the power and agressions of the songs with sweet and uplifting melodies. People accuse the pixies of softening on this album, yet even if this is the case it can be hardly descirbed as a bad case in evidence of the tracks displayed.
The energy is still there, at its most conventional on hang wire, dig fire and the superb stormy weather, but still present if released in a more restrained way on the incredible Velouria.
Whatever criticisms this album takes for being "lame", this albums confirms the god like status of the pixies as rock legends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer on a CD., 4 Sep 2000
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I a description of this album somewhere as the album the Beach Boys never made. This sums up the mood and setting of the alubm perfectly. From the cover of a surftone (i think) song cecilia ann, to the final song havalina this record summons images of the sea, sun and everything that goes with it. Strange fact, the first letter of every line of the song ana spells the word surfer (i forget what this is called). Yes, this is far less frantic than the other pixies albums, and apparently they refused to play most of this album live, but it stands as on of my favourites.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Astonishing', 1 Feb 2001
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Arguably Rock music's finest-ever group, The Pixies' fourth and best album is a pure and magnificent distillation of their incredible talent. Starting with a cover of the Surftones' 'Cecilia Ann' and refusing to let up till the closing 'Havalina', 'Bossa Nova' is unsurpassed by virtually any other album by any other band for sheer visceral thrill (and - often ignored, this - emotion, most notably on 'Velouria' and 'Hang Wire'. On the latter, Black Francis sounds as if he's about to burst into tears as he wails the verses). Can anyone still come close to their effortless grasp of melody, their punchy rhythm, their deranged yet tuneful guitar, their offbeat vocals? No. Not only did Nirvana rip them off, but they influenced virtually every major band of the 90s, including the likes of Radiohead. the only way this album can really be judged is by comparing it with its contemporaries, and in my book it beats 'Doolittle' for sheer punch and tunes-per minute. A masterwork.
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