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on 30 August 2017
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on 10 April 2017
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 June 2017
I guess Bossanova could be regarded as Pixies’ 'difficult third album’ (or the fourth if you include 'mini-LP’ Come On Pilgrim). Well, having made two of the most memorable (and, looking back, influential) albums of their generation in Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, 'Mr Francis’ and friends may well have been a little daunted in terms of a follow-up. Equally, us listeners can’t help making comparisons – is there anything here to compare with Gigantic, Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, Bone Machine, Where Is My Mind?, Monkey Gone To Heaven? Well, maybe not, but Bossanova is still a mighty fine album, one that grows over time and, judged by almost any other band’s standards, a five star effort. So we get some nice rocking on (appropriately) Rock Music, Allison and Down To The Well, an intoxicating instrumental with a cover of the Surftones’ Cecilia Ann, plus the 'near-instrumental’ Ana, whilst Kim Deal’s bass is nicely to the fore, showcasing the rhythmic style that made the band’s name, on (personal favourites) Is She Weird? and Dig For Fire. Other outstanding songs are magnum opus, All Over The World, and The Happening, which includes just about as sublime a falsetto interlude as you’ll hear anywhere. There is a slight dip towards the end, but Havalina provides a beautifully reflective conclusion to what is an oft-overlooked gem.
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on 16 October 2005
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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on 20 July 2000
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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on 15 November 2003
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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on 12 June 2003
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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on 31 March 2002
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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on 15 April 2008
This album explores certain motifs, and the general feeling is that the paranormal is explored... UFOs, vampiric imagery, night-time scenes abound. It has often been called a Black Francis album more than a Kim Deal Album, and has definite "surf rock" influences, especially with the occasional use of clean guitar sound. Veloria, Is she Weird, Dig For Fire, The Happening are the highlights. It has a very nice interplay between loud and quiet, which seems almost deliberate but doesnt affect the listening pleasure of the album.

In my regard there are really three Pixies records, this being the third. Tromp Le Monde is quite substandard by comparison to the first three, and I would say this album signals the maturation of the band... before things started to go downhill.
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