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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...
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by Thomas A. Johnson

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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.
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Slicing up eyeballs ho ,ho ,ho ho", 6 Dec 2008
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
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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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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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 The Doctor will see you now!!!, 27 Nov 2008
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N. Cannon (UK, London) - See all my reviews
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A stone cold classic, what? nearly 20 years ago now!!! still sounds fresh, edgy, thrilling and perfect, all these years later!
I was lucky enough to see them in 1990 When they were at the very peak of their powers, Doolittle was the pinnacle of their recorded work, not a duff track to speak of, the tone set by one of the top 10 album openers ever, "Debaser", the rest of the album skips along at a thrilling pace, catchy riffs, Frank Black's wail, Kim Deals propelling bass, Dave Loverings funky drumming, and Joey Santiago's unique guitar riffage! The album has abarbed wire exterior, but a pure pop heart, and it's this which will bring you back, time and time again.
Forget most of the dross masquerading as "indie" these days, this is the place to start.
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