One of the greatest indie rock albums of all time and one of the best albums of the 80s. Balances catchiness and noise while being fun as he'll all the way through like no clean pop album ever has or probably ever will.
This is not an exaggeration. This is one of the greatest albums of all time and on vinyl, sounds super warm and a beautiful object to own. It is great to see the artwork large to appreciate the photography. The CD doesn't do it justice.
"Surfer Rosa" is an excellent example of artful sloppiness, the musical equivalent to the Tower of Pisa. The vocals wobble out of tune, the guitars spill over beats, and the drums slur drunkenly. Only Deal's rock-solid bass keeps things from imploding.
And that's the charm. The utter lack of pretension and the gleeful performances make "Surfer Rosa" a joy to listen to. While the recording could benefit from remastering and the songs can become repetitive, it's just too much fun to pass up.