Surfer Rosa

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
One of the most compulsively listenable college rock albums of the '80s, the Pixies' 1988 full-length debut Surfer Rosa fulfilled the promise of Come on Pilgrim and, thanks to Steve Albini's production, added a muscular edge that made their harshest moments seem even more menacing and perverse. On songs like "Something Against You," Black Francis' cryptic shrieks and non sequiturs are backed by David Lovering and Kim Deal's punchy rhythms, which are so visceral that they'd overwhelm any guitarist except Joey Santiago, who takes the spotlight on the epic "Vamos." Albini's high-contrast dynamics suit Surfer Rosa well, especially on the explosive opener "Bone Machine" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
One of the most compulsively listenable college rock albums of the '80s, the Pixies' 1988 full-length debut Surfer Rosa fulfilled the promise of Come on Pilgrim and, thanks to Steve Albini's production, added a muscular edge that made their harshest moments seem even more menacing and perverse. On songs like "Something Against You," Black Francis' cryptic shrieks and non sequiturs are backed by David Lovering and Kim Deal's punchy rhythms, which are so visceral that they'd overwhelm any guitarist except Joey Santiago, who takes the spotlight on the epic "Vamos." Albini's high-contrast dynamics suit Surfer Rosa well, especially on the explosive opener "Bone Machine" and the kinky, T. Rex-inspired "Cactus." But, like the black-and-white photo of a flamenco dancer on its cover, Surfer Rosa is the Pixies' most polarized work. For each blazing piece of punk, there are softer, poppier moments such as "Where Is My Mind?," Francis' strangely poignant song inspired by scuba diving in the Caribbean, and the Kim Deal-penned "Gigantic," which almost outshines the rest of the album. But even Surfer Rosa's less iconic songs reflect how important the album was in the group's development. The "song about a superhero named Tony" "Tony's Theme" was the most lighthearted song the Pixies had recorded, pointing the way to their more overtly playful, whimsical work on Doolittle. Francis' warped sense of humor is evident in lyrics like "Bone Machine"'s "He bought me a soda and tried to molest me in the parking lot/Yep yep yep!" In a year that included landmark albums from contemporaries like Throwing Muses, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, the Pixies managed to turn in one of 1988's most striking, distinctive records. Surfer Rosa may not be the group's most accessible work, but it is one of their most compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637080315
  • Catalog Number: 70803
  • Sales rank: 20,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bone Machine (3:03)
  2. 2 Break My Body (2:06)
  3. 3 Something Against You (1:48)
  4. 4 Broken Face (1:30)
  5. 5 Gigantic (3:55)
  6. 6 River Euphrates (2:32)
  7. 7 Where Is My Mind? (3:54)
  8. 8 Cactus (2:16)
  9. 9 Tony's Theme (1:52)
  10. 10 Oh My Golly! (2:33)
  11. 11 Vamos (4:22)
  12. 12 I'm Amazed (1:43)
  13. 13 Brick Is Red (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pixies Primary Artist
Black Francis Guitar, Vocals
David Lovering Drums
Joey Santiago Guitar
Mrs. John Murphy Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Frank Black Composer
Steve Albini Producer, Engineer
Black Francis Composer
Paul Q. Kolderie Engineer
Vaughan Oliver Art Direction
Gary E. Smith Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite simply...

    It provided the blueprint for the rest of alternative rock of the 90s. Thumping bass lines, dissonant-but-melodic guitar lines, and personal-yet-enigmatic lyrics with hidden universal meaning -- the Pixies put it all in there before "Nevermind" or "Ten" or "Siamese Dream." Expand your knowledge just a bit, listen to a Pixies album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Minimalism Rocks

    If you don't like the Pixies, you can't like rock n'roll, or at least you don't understand it.For those naive kids that think that Modest Mouse invented depressing,ironic,clever rock n' roll, you haven't heard the Pixies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impression in my Mind

    I first heard one of the songs from this band in the movie Fight Club. I loved the awkwardness and yet strangly liberated feeling I got from the movie and whenever I reached the credits I would listen to ''Where is my mind?'' over and over to keep that feeling. I searched for this CD for a while because for some reason they didn't put the song on the soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ingenious

    This band has many coplexities all proven with this album. Surfer Rosa is possibly the best of thier five albums, but it is difficult to distinguish if any one album is better than another. This album is sure to give lasting pleasure. Unlike most music, this band never grows tiresome. If you like eccentric, you will like this. Guaranteed to please.

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