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This review is from: Wave of Mutilation - The Best of the Pixies (Audio CD)
The Pixies were the most consistently brilliant group in the history of popular music. If you put together everything this band ever recorded (four albums, one EP, a few unreleased tracks and a load of B-sides), you come up with about two mediocre songs (they never did anything I'd describe as 'bad').
So this compilation, released to coincide with their reunion tour, faces the same problem as 1997's 'Death to the Pixies': how do you distil the Pixies' back catalogue onto one disc? I've tried many times myself and it isn't easy.
Let's start with the gripes. Like its predecessor, this effort shamefully neglects the band's final two albums, Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. There are bound to be notable omissions, but 'Is she weird', 'Down to the well', 'The happening', 'Hangwire', 'Letter to Memphis' and Motorway to Roswell' would be among the first songs I'd jot down for inclusion.
In addition, I've always preferred the Surfer Rosa version of 'Gigantic', and favouring 'Broken Face' (as great as it is) over 'River Euphrates' seems very eccentric to me. 'Vamos' and 'Into the white' always sounded far better live than on record, and the UK surf version of 'Wave of mutilation' is, in my opinion, more interesting than the original.
This is clearly intended as a user-friendly guide to the Pixies rather than a complete portrait, hence the inclusion of seven songs from the more poppy Doolittle. These are all great. In fact, every note on this album is perfect. Purely on its own terms, it's completely faultless.
But I can't recommend it as an introduction. If you've never heard the Pixies before, all their albums are easily available at mid-price. Buy them instead - I promise you won't regret it.
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