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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The holy grail of alternative rock
This is one of the best albums ever made, one of those rare albums where every track is killer, one of those rare albums where you think how the hell can an artist record perfection like this. I cannot recommend this enough. This isn't just a 5 star album it is musical genius. Fact. If you want to buy a Pixies album, this is the one. If you want to buy an alternative rock...
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2.0 out of 5 stars pixies go soft rock
Stunningly over-rated.
Following the astonishingly twisted and furious C'mon Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, they mellowed out badly with MOR tunes like "wave of multilation" and "monkey gone to heaven" - great titles but they'd gone soft by this point.
Published on 1 July 2001


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The holy grail of alternative rock, 31 Jan 2008
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Thomas A. Johnson (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
This is one of the best albums ever made, one of those rare albums where every track is killer, one of those rare albums where you think how the hell can an artist record perfection like this. I cannot recommend this enough. This isn't just a 5 star album it is musical genius. Fact. If you want to buy a Pixies album, this is the one. If you want to buy an alternative rock album this is the one. Infact, if you are a serious fan of music then this should already be in your collection. The likes of Nirvana's Nevermind and other so called masterpieces of this genre cannot hold a candle to Pixies Dolittle.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time, 31 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
It beats me why Doolittle, an album of such ferocious intensity and top-quality songwriting is always forgotten in those ubiquitous "Top 100 Album" lists run by any number of websites. Quite frankly it is the greatest alt-rock album ever created, crammed full of powerful rock songs and gentler melodies. Black Francis's voice - primal and terrifying on songs such as "Tame" and gentle and welcoming on "Wave Of Mutilation" - duels with Joey Santiago's angular guitar lines to great effect, creating a totally unique sound. Pixies are one of those bands who have no discernable influences. They sound like nothing else you will have heard, but for this review's sake I'll try to make some comparisons. The quiet/loud dynamic they pioneered really makes itself known here, turning "Gouge Away" from a quiet, sinister whisper into a massively loud roar of anger and making "Tame" one of the most unsettling songs yet recorded.
Any die-hard Pixies fan will already have this in their collection, but for anyone looking to get into this amazing band, "Doolittle" is a great place to start. It has the combination of poppy melody ("La La Love You", "Here Comes Your Man"), indie guitar anthems ("Debaser", "Wave Of Mutilation") and freaky scream-alongs ("Tame", "Crackity Jones") that will ease you gently into the world of the Pixies without scaring you off. You might not like some songs at first but give it time and within a couple of months you'll be utterly addicted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs this., 4 Aug 2007
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
This is the best put together Pixies album, whether it is best over all is arguable. It is less raw then Surfer Rosa, but more confident with well produced songs like Monkey Gone to Heaven (not the best). It also the last album that had the same dark quality. The lyrics are nonsensical (as they should be). The best tracks are Hey (the best Pixies song from any album?), Dead (a psychotic romp) and Silver (plain weird, yet hypnotic with slide guitar). Monkey Goes to Heaven, while a good song, is not worthy of it's popularity next to some of the classics on this album. Also, I don't particularly like La La Love you or Here Comes Your Man. It ends with Gouge Away, a brilliant song.

This is an album way before it's time, still unique today. I'd buy the Pixies albums in order, but if you have to pick just one, get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Man is 5 Then So Is This Album..., 9 Oct 2007
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D. Newton (Swindon, Wilts) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
It is nice these days to see Pixies getting the wider recognition for the impact they had in bringing underground rock to the mainstream, but the most important point about the band is that their music still sounds absolutely brilliant.

`Doolittle' is Pixies best regarded and most famous album and rightly so. Fifteen tracks of thrilling surf-pop-punk fly by in just under 40 minutes, delivered in the band's unique style. Black Francis's vocals range from yelps, gibbers, cackles, croons and downright screams as he delivers his gleefully manic schlock-horror lyrics; Joey Santiago's dazzling lead guitar whines, snarls and crackles with energy; Kim Deal's tight bass is high in the mix and her laconic backing vocals also provide the perfect foil to Francis's mentalism and David Lovering's ferociously tight drumming drives everything on at an incredible pace.

It is not an exaggeration to say that all the tracks are great, but personal highlights are the howling blast of `Tame' which steps into the glorious `Wave of Mutilation' in a heartbeat; also "Here Comes Your Man's' twangy pop; the demented eco-fable `Monkey Gone to Heaven' and the stunning opening and closing tracks `Debaser and `Gouge Away'.

The famous quiet/loud dynamic that Nirvana cheerfully confessed to trying to replicate with `Teen Spirit' pervades the whole record and gives it its power and energy, but ultimately a pop heart (albeit a mental one) beats strong in the wonderful `Doolittle', surly one of the best rock albums of the last 20 years.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most influential rock album of the eighties?, 22 Dec 1999
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
Ten years on and its hard too believe this album is as fresh and as powerful as it was the first time I heard it. From Black Francis hysterical vocals on Debaser through to the bass driven Gouge away, the album simply never falters.Here comes your man and Monkey gone to heaven wander towards the mainstream without losing the albums plot, but the overall feel of the album is still one of awesome originality. It says a lot that some advertising exec somewhere looking for a suitably manic track to push an "out of the ordinary" Vodka promo on the telly, didn't look to the modern crop of Rock mediocrities, but instead picked "Tame", a track penned some ten years ago by a band who for the brief period in the eighties and nineties set some pretty incredible, and still, unparalleled standards. Death to the Pixies indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Everyone Should Own, 20 Mar 2003
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dan george (nottingham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
from the opening tracks it becomes apparent that this album has more to it than you'd first expect, so many recognisable riffs and melodies have all been brought together on this album. if your new to the pixies then all i can say is that this album is the best place to start.
So much has already been written about this record - "Gouge Away" was cited by Kurt Cobain as the inspiration for "Smells Like Teen Spirit;" "Debaser," the lead track, is based on the Salvador Dali/Louis Buñuel movie, "Un Chien Andalou," and is also, by the way, the only pop song that I know of where you find yourself merrily singing along about slicing up eyeballs without feeling the least bit ghoulish.
The bizzaro lyrics, the musical diversity, Black Francis' howl, the awesome melodic bass lines and vocal harmonies of Kim Deal, all of it set the tone for the "alternative" bands of the '90s. Clocking in at under 40 minutes, this record gives you pop, punk, surf rock, the bluesy "Silver," and the glammy "No. 13 Baby" served up as only the Pixies could. The band's biggest "hit," the hooky (and some say hokey) "Here Comes Your Man" is also on this record. In short, Doolittle is simply a must-have for anyone who calls themselves not an alternative rock fan, but a music fan.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars influential classic...., 2 Mar 2004
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
sometimes its the originals that are forgotten. the bands who created the scene only to leave it for other immitators. (stone roses pathing the way for oasis)
The Pixies were undeniably classic. Their punk/grunge/rock genre spawned many rip-offs. Kurt Cobain even admitted he copied the quiet loud dynamics of the pixies. sadly it was Nirvana who undeserevedly got all the aclaim and credit.

But they and many others never came close to matching the pixies. Doolittle is easily their best album. A must for any music fan, espically those who like heavy yet melodic tunes. The pixies formula was simple. Screeching/agonising singing over memorable riffs and choruses.
Take Debaser for example. The repeated barred chords with Black screaming (elegently though and with dignity) is brilliant. simple but so effective. Here comes your man is another classic. The riff is infectious and it is a warm and touching song.
The list goes on for great songs on this album. If you haven't already got this buy it and see what you are missing out on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the sound that the mother makes when the baby breaks, 15 Nov 2003
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The pixies third album is widely regarded as their greatest offering and one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Although it is not my personal favourite (see Trompe le Monde), it is without a doubt a magnificent achievement and endlessly listenable. Debaser, the opening track, perfectly embodies the pixies demented style and sets the tone for the rest of the album. The experience closes with gouge away, a dark, threatening finale and is supposedly the inspiration behind nirvana's smells like teen spirit. I, infact, prefer gouge away. I honestly believe that had the pixies remained together for another three years they would now be a household name, as they almost single hadidly founded the popular music of the mid 90's, inspiring countless bands that followed them and leaving a legacy that will no doubt live on for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious!, 11 Jan 2001
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Writing this review makes me feel old! I was in the sixth form when this came out, and having already bought and played Surfer Rosa to death, I knew this album was going to be good. I just didn't realise how good . . . If Debaser isn't the greatest opening track of all time, then I really don't know what is. Some albums take eons to get going. Within a second, this album has picked you up by the scruff of the neck, shaken you around and left you up there, stuck to the ceiling, grinning with manic joy. 15 tracks later, you want to start all over again. Loud, sexy, insane and beautiful; the perfect musical mesh of the loins, the head and the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic, 23 July 2001
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
What makes the pixies different from other alt. rock bands? Well, they were one of the first, but mainly its the greatness of the songs. 'simple but effective' doesn't quite cover it, 'simple but fantastic' is more appropriate. 'Doolittle' is a big step forward from 'Surfer Rosa' due mainly to a greater variety of styles, from the twangy 'here comes your man' and the acoustic 'silver' to the fast and furious 'crackity jones', with some glorious moments inbetween, my personal favourites being 'debaser' and 'dead'. But what really makes the difference is Frank Black's demented singing on some of the songs, notably 'no. 13 baby' and 'debaser'.
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