12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
hard to be objective,
By A Customer
This review is from: Come On Pilgrim (Audio CD)
It was over eleven years ago when I first heard these tracks somewhere in England. It is difficult to be objective about a collection that suddenly opened your eyes to the next decade of rock. This was so DIFFERENT then, and it still blows away most of the well-produced "punk" we hear today. The Pixies never claimed to be "punk," indeed, they prove to be something so completely unique. So I back away from my reverance, and I try to review this thing. The EP has a form to it, and is best listened to in one fell swoop. "Caribou" starts off with a heroic, stunted groove that eventually explodes into Black Francis' screams to "Repent! Repent!" Then "Vamos" creeps in with a quick step and offsets genteel, preppy life with searing guitar noise from Joey Santiago. Everything flows along quite deliberately, almost as if designed as an album itself. Then "Holiday" hits you with a hard pop gem with a subject matter paralleling The Who's "Pictures of Lily," except with a incestual twist. In retrospect, I guess it really doesn't matter what order the songs are in...this simply captures The Pixies at their freshest (there is a shrillness in Black Francis' young voice that you can't hear anywhere else). The frightening thing about this is that, while roughly produced and largely accomplished on consumer-par audio gear, there is nothing awkward or stilted about these tracks. On "Come On Pilgrim" The Pixies sound like they knew what they were doing from the get-go.