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One of the most influential albums of all time...,
This review is from: Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim (Audio CD)
'Velvet Underground and Nico', 'Srg Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Dark Side of the Moon; these are just a few of the albums that shaped the world of music and influenced every band that precedes them. Surfa Rosa HAS to be counted among them!
The Pixies were like a bomb hitting the music scene with the force only a really special band can. People in 1988 were ready for a band to put the poppy 80's sound away and bring out guitars that were not making white noise or playing single notes over and over again. People wanted catchy tunes with rocking guitar riffs and melodies, people wanted raw, simple lyrics and an outlet for their energy.
The album is an exquisite mix of stunningly powerful vocals, wailing guitar sound, powerful rock guitar backing and some of the most fantastic simplistic drumming and bass work ever.
What made this album great however is how every song was just the right length, not too long but just almost like a glimpse into an issue. In some ways it is what we all wanted. Each song is like a compacted outburst that fills you with energy and probably one of the most skillfully placed tunes that calms you down in the middle of the album proves to be the best song they ever wrote: 'Where is My Mind'.
All the tracks are intense listenings but also accessible for casual listeners because of the catchy lyrics and guitars. Santiago plays wonderful yet brutal solos and can be credited for introducing the attcking guitar phase from the 1990's onwards. Francis on the other hand sings with an emotional rasp untill he hits the high notes which are pure and yet rugged as well. his screams are the most powerful and hard hitting aspects of the album. It is unchained and naked passion bursting out of songs about promiscurity, in-breeding and other such vulgar subjects. Black Francis truly makes this style of singing his own.
The bass and drums can be comended for being brilliantly contained and only what is competely neccessary for each and every song. No bass or drum solos but instead the tone and tempo are provided throughout the album fantastically.
You run out of superlatives for this album, if there was any criticisms of this album it is that lyrics are not for young children, a few songs are played twice throughout the two albums and that Come on Pilgrim is slightly weaker than Surfa Rosa.
Buy this album or be forever ignorant of how a fairly simple band changed the music industry forever!