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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00008YJHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems like when it comes to the Pixies, the talk is generally "Surfer Rosa this" and "Doolittle that," and while those are certainly good albums I've never figured out why Bossanova got so much less attention than its two predecessors. With the exception of Trompe Le Monde (which I plan on getting around to eventually, I swear) I've heard pretty much the Pixies' whole output, and out of of everything this album keeps me coming back the most often. Bossanova turns down the noise assaults from the Pixies' earlier career down just a bit, but in their place is a more arty, spacey effort that throws some heavy surf-rock influence into the band's already wide-ranging sound. Sure, there may not be anything that completely matches the sheer visceral immediacy of Broken Face or Tame, but for track-by-track excellence and diversity Bossanova is difficult if not impossible to top.

After the blistering, hard-rocking instrumental opener Cecilia Ann sets the tone, Bossanova immediately commences careening all over the musical map in a way the legions of alternative imitators that emerged in the 90's wouldn't even dream of. With Black Francis screaming his head off at full volume, the angry, assaultive Rock Music sounds like Debaser on steroids, but from there the album takes a turn into more diverse and overall compelling territory that sounds little like previous albums. Songs constantly veer off in unpredictable directions, making Bossanova more of an acquired taste than its predecessors, but it's one more than worth acquiring.
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I, like many other young'uns, was introduced to the Pixies by the name-dropping habits of bands like Nirvana. After buying Doolittle, and scarfing up the rest of their releases, the rest of my CD collection has basically been rendered average. At first listen, Bossanova sounded rather dull compared to "Debaser," "Here Comes Your Man," and other perfect pop tunes off of Doolittle. But like any great album, it slowly but surely grows on you. Every listen will reveal a new quirk. "Cecilia Ann" gets things rocking majestically but of course with a surfer's touch. "Rock Music" has become my favorite song with indecipherable lyrics. Black Francis' scream is truly an instrument as much as the guitar or bass. "Velouria" has a guitar riff and melody that seem odd at first listen but totally make sense and seem like perfection later. This entire album is chock full of great melodies and harmonies. The fastest song on the album, "Allison," also seems to be a love song of sorts, or at least infatuation, featuring the simple yet effective lyric, "and when the planet hit the sun, I saw the face of Allison." "Ana" is a great acoustic song with an overall eerie vibe. Same for "Havalina," which closes out the album with a bit of calm after the chaotically fun "Stormy Weather," which I like to think of as a sing-a-long for the end of the world. Then there are the epic tracks "All Over The World" and "The Happening," which are great examples of lengthy songs that can keep a listener riveted through their entire playlength. The latter of the songs also features Black Francis' trademark lyrics dealing with outer space and its inhabitants.Read more ›
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I've been a fan of Pixies and Frank Black-related material for years, but haven't made many reviews. Anyway, this is by far my favorite of all theri albums. It combines their raw punkish energy with their capacity for beautiful melodies perfectly, to me it's their masterwork. Here's a song by song little synopse..
"Cecilia Ann": Great straitforward LA punk instrumental. This little irresistible even made an apeearance on the film Kicking And Screaming.
"Rock Music": One of the most dissonant and wild songs they ever did, the lyrics probably aren't their best (hard to hear) but the song works period.
"Velouria": Lovely. Along with "Ana" and "Havalina", the thoroughly most beautiful song on the album. A little romaunt dedicated to an otherworldly love who tries to hop on a trampoline out of this world...every summer, every summer...AND HOW DOES LEMUR SKIN REFLECT THE SEA? You'll find that Frank has alot of alien lovers in his songs.
"Alison": A quick punk ditty about jazz musician something Alison. Can't rember the first name, but that's who it's for.
"Is She Weird": One of my favorite all time Pixies songs, and a fave of many of my friends as well. It's catchy, bizarre, and intriguing and the chorus is absolutely ghoulish. It won't dissapoint you.
"Ana": Small but transcendant. Pure bossanova surf music, it reflects Frank's continuing interest in that style of music. Ride a wave, ride a wave...
"All Over The World": One of the longer epics, along with "The Happening". It spends the first half in a regular stanza, which is great by the way, then on the second half is largely instrumental improv while Frank speaks some cluttered logic: "Time is an arrangement.
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