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on 31 January 2008
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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on 9 October 2007
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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on 31 August 2005
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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on 13 October 2011
This is an album which shows how to make great musicianship and interesting songwriting look trivially easy. This seems to be a band that great music just happens around - no great agonising or soul-searching required - just put these guys in a room together like a bunch of highly-reactive chemicals and wait for the chemistry to happen! It's albums like this that make an argument for why people who get on well together should not be allowed to form bands. The ever present tension and ego-clashing of this band is part of what makes it so great, and the sense that they're constantly trying to outdo each other and to grab their own niche. Francis and Kim never sound like they're cooperating, although they're clearly working towards the same ends, but each acting independently as if the presence of the other is quite incidental and of very little interest. This band has one of those classic line-ups that you think of when you think of bands and the turmoil and greatness that they can achieve. As I said in my review of Surfer Rosa, great as some of the songs are, I think they are secondary to the overall experience and phenomenon that is (the?) Pixies. It's not surprising that people don't attempt to cover these songs very often, because the personalities of the people who created them are written so strongly into their DNA. I find it hard to imagine a Pixies cover working whoever did it. I doubt even Johnny Cash could pull off a Pixies cover! Anyway, I realise I haven't gone into many specifics about the album (again!). I'm just trying to emphasise the things I feel are really important about this band, so that you'll listen to them and get it for yourself.
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VINE VOICEon 6 December 2008
I keep banging on about what a good year 1989 was for albums(The Blue Niles Hats,The Stone Roses debut etc) .If anyone requires further proof April 1989 saw the release of the Pixies 3rd album ( though Wikipedia lists it as their second ) Doolittle.
Opting for a more commercial cleaner sounding album than their previous efforts-Surfer Rosa & Come on Pilgrim - the band , at the behest of 4AD label head Ivo-Watts Russell , had taken on Gil Norton as producer . The relationship was,nt exactly a meeting of like minded individuals with Norton's more considered analytical approach jarring with Black Francis,s more off the cuff spontaneous way of recording . Norton wanted to add verses and lengthen several of the songs and this culminated in Francis taking him to a record store and showing him a Buddy Holly album where all the songs are around two minutes long, the inference being if it,s good enough for Buddy Holly......
However fractious the recording process might have been( tensions also rose between Francis and Kim Deal although they did co-write "Silver") the end results speak for themselves. An incredibly dynamic mix of the trademark Pixies sound of temperamental guitars augmenting quiet/loud interludes on tracks like "Tame" and "Crackity Jones" with out and out pop moments like "La La Love You"( sung by drummer Dave Lovering ) or an incandescent melding of both like on "Debaser" Doolittle is,nt as paroxysmal or furious as Surfer Rosa or Come On Pilgrim but in terms of song writing craft it is a step forward.
For a start the band expanded their trademark sound of lacerating guitars adding cello,s and violins to the portentous "Monkey Gone To Heaven" ( the first single released off the album and still one of the songs containing the finest example of the Black Francis scream - "Then god is seven ") while the eerie "Silver" incorporates slide guitar. There is also the heavy breathy arrangement on "I Bleed" and the sheer infectious pop and surf guitar of "Here Comes Your Man". Where "Wave Of Mutilation" belies it,s title by being an addictive catchy pop song "Gouge Away" lives up to its title with it,s flailing guitars and juddering bass and percussive spine.
Thematically the album again veers all over the place . "Debaser" alludes to surrealism with references to Salvador Dali,s 1928 film "Un Chien Andalou / L'Age d'Or [1929] via "Slicing up eyeballs" . There are biblical allusions in "Monkey Gone To Heaven "( which is actually about environmental catastrophe and as Francis puts it" mans relationship with the divine"- along with "Mr Grieves") and "Dead" (David and Bathsheba) and "Gouge Away" (Samson and Delilah) while other songs are just about weird subjective experiences like "Crackity Jones" which is about a roommate of Black Francis on a student exchange trip.
In a year for great albums Doolittle did extremely well in those end of the year poll things coming second in both Sounds and Melody Makers and fourth in the N.M.E. And it deserved to . It,s a truly great rock album . It may eschew the spleen bursting momentum and razor edged bursts of their previous albums but it still has enough of their vitality -that scream and Joey Santiago,s wrist slashing or glass shattering peels of guitar - to still be implicitly The Pixies , yet it also has a melodic edge that makes it simply, thrillingly enjoyable . Slicing up eyeballs ho , ho , ho, ho indeed.
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on 22 December 1999
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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on 20 March 2003
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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on 2 March 2004
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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on 15 November 2003
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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on 18 February 2013
This is a stereo remaster version of the classic 1989 Pixies album "Doolittle", on vinyl. I'd recommend this to anyone who used to, or does own this on vinyl (but perhaps it's a little old and clicky!), or to anyone that collects vinyl with a love for classic and great rock albums, this is a must have in your collection!
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