Doolittle

Doolittle

by Pixies
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Doolittle

After 1988's brilliant but abrasive Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' sound couldn't get much more extreme. Their Elektra debut, Doolittle, reins in the noise in favor of pop songcraft and accessibility. Producer Gil Norton's sonic sheen adds some polish, but Black Francis' tighter songwriting focuses the group's attack. Doolittle's most ferocious moments, like "Dead," a visceral retelling of David and Bathsheba's affair -- are more stylized than the group's past outbursts. Meanwhile, their poppy side surfaces on the irresistible single "Here Comes Your Man" and the sweetly surreal love song "La La Love You." The Pixies' arty, noisy weirdness mix with just enough hooks to produce gleefully demented singles like "Debaser," -- inspired by Bunuel's classic surrealist short Un Chien Andalou -- and "Wave of Mutilation," their surfy ode to driving a car into the sea. Though Doolittle's sound is cleaner and smoother than the Pixies' earlier albums, there are still plenty of weird, abrasive vignettes: the blankly psychotic "There Goes My Gun," "Crackity Jones," a song about a crazy roommate Francis had in Puerto Rico, and the nihilistic finale "Gouge Away." Meanwhile, "Tame," and "I Bleed" continue the Pixies' penchant for cryptic kink. But the album doesn't just refine the Pixies' sound; they also expand their range on the brooding, wannabe spaghetti western theme "Silver" and the strangely theatrical "Mr. Grieves." "Hey" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven," on the other hand, stretch Francis' lyrical horizons: "Monkey"'s elliptical environmentalism and "Hey"'s twisted longing are the Pixies' versions of message songs and romantic ballads. Their most accessible album, Doolittle's wide-ranging moods and sounds make it one of their most eclectic and ambitious. A fun, freaky alternative to most other late-'80s college rock, it's easy to see why the album made the Pixies into underground rock stars.

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Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: 4ad / Ada
UPC: 0652637090512
catalogNumber: 70905
Rank: 18288

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Doolittle 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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If all you know about alternative rock is Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the RHCP, then I feel sorry for you. This band, and this album in particular, is where Cobain went for inspiration. And it bridges the gap between the energy of the punk/new wave 70's and the mainstream alternative rock of the 90's. Listen to it and learn.
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I honestly believe that the Pixies are the most influential rock band of the last 15-20 years. Jack White tries soooo hard to sound like Black Francis/Frank Black but he just can't pull it off. This band was way ahead of their time and this was their greatest album.
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there's really little to say. if you like to hear bands take risks musically and mix eccentric solos and textures with more melodic lines, if you're not afraid of slightly unconventional sounds, listen to this cd. i think it is probably the best pixies cd, and definitely one of my favorite cds ever. as someone who plays in a band, i can really start to appreciate the variety and creativity they master. it's beautiful - enjoy.
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Brilliant. - The Pixies invented a highly dynamic original style, and nirvana stole it and added sludge and distortion And the pixies never get credit - BUY THIS CD RIGHT NOW -Billy
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I agree with Steve B from Oxford below--five stars are not enough. On a scale from 1 to 5, "Doolittle" is about a 50.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The thing I hate most is when people force their opinions on other people, but the Pixies we're THE greatest band of all time. If you only ever buy one Pixies album (a damn shame if you do) then make this it. Every time I put it on it's 1989, and I'm a 15 year old schoolboy again (a good thing in case you were wondering).
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This album is great, and i could listen to it forever!!!
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