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by anyone elses standards 5 stars. compared to doolittle/surfer rosa.... not quite there.
on 10 May 2013
just as i say. if you want to buy a pixies lp, don;t make it this one., they're past their amazing best. still excellent and worth a listen- any pixies is still better than 95% of whats out there. but buy one of the earlier albums im fairly sure nearly all pixies fans would agree. this is more commercial and accessible and immediate but its not really the better for it.
theres a theme (if not by lyric, then by sound- often both) and a feeling of outer space (check the title,. durr!..), of aliens, of area 51, the desert, of landings.. quite eerie, very plausible.... contrived but designed, in fact very crafted. very intriguing. if this is the album the pixies (for whatever reason) set out to create, then its easily a 5 star-er.
why would they? i'm not sure.
indie, noisy, anthemic, odd, vegas, desert (i'm struggling!..) music.
indie 'velouria' reminds me of 'house of love'.. excellent tune but lacks depth. side one also has the oddly, beautifully crafted 'ana'- mesmerises- quite haunting a delicate complex melody. i think about how you would come up with such a peculiar yet lovely chord arrangement..but then just leave it with the acceptance that black francis can turn a tune better than i ever could! thats why i stack shelves!! such is the world---
to close s1 i really like 'all over the world' its like a soundtrack from close encounters, pixies sound like they're convinced we have been visited. uncanny. it meanders. epic. he appears to talk to the aliens through a megaphone.
i've rarely known an album so themed in its vibe. 'down to the well' puts oasis in their place. a good ten years before (im guessing) this is the real thing.
the narrative continues in 'the happening' (about.. you've guessed it- an alien landing).
perhaps 3 stars is mean.
crucial thing for me is...its odd that a band can be so fresh, open and encompassing, and then decide for whatever reason to very finely tune in to a theme on a subsequent album. im still not sure how to take this, and would still put this down the list on pixies albums. they could haved gone in any direction, and this wasn't a bad one, just a strange one.
3 stars, 4, 5?? you decide.