Surfer Rosa

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1988 Ratings: #11 / 137
User Score
Based on 890 ratings
1988 Ratings: #4
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Surfer Rosa is the Pixies' most polarized work. For each blazing piece of punk, there are softer, poppier moments.

100
Pitchfork

Surfer Rosa is highly combustible music, but slapstick, too. Many of its songs feel half-finished or regurgitated in half-digested form, with verses that run on longer than they ordinarily might, choruses that repeat odd numbers of times instead of even ones, and abrupt shifts in tone and volume.

95
NME
I can't really remember when I last heard a music with this degree of lazy evil injected into it. Or a music that seemed to pin down things we wouldn't have heard ourselves, to map out ideas in the air and sing them into solid form.
fakeplasticrose
80

I didn't want this to end

Flamingooooo
NR

Where Is My Mind has easly the greatest guitar riff of all time

MasterCrackfox
93

Pixies debut full length LP is riddled in influence on the garage-indie rock scene with exuberant and eclectic songs throughout Surfer Rosa. Few albums prior to this were able to take such silly and messy elements and somehow make them feel cohesive and unified. The personality of Pixies absolutely glows on this release, with quirky skits and a level of energy that were unmatched during the late 80s.

Although this album is most easily recognizable by the mega-hit Where Is My Mind? there are ... read more

jimmylikesmusic
78

Surfer Rosa is the perfect example of an album that overstays its welcome, and is a lot less enjoyable as a result. When I first started listening to this, I really loved it. Hearing the first 7 tracks had me so excited to hear the rest, as I thought everything leading up to that point was fantastic. The tracks were quick and to the point, the lyrics were way darker and more demented than I expected them to be (like seriously there is some pretty fucked up stuff on here), I really liked the ... read more

NR

this album cannot be contained!

EmiMoment
50

The female vocalist needs more of a spotlight cuz this other dude isn't really the most captivating singer. Like yeah he's loud and has a weird vocal inflection but his vocals rarely leave behind anything memorable to make these songs amazing, like a majority of this album is "just okay" because the instrumentals are amazing but the vocal songwriting is not memorable at all. Though I must say if you're a fan of this style this album is a must hear. For me on the other-hand, I'm not ... read more

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Track List

1Bone Machine
3:03
87
2Break My Body
2:06
87
3Something Against You
1:48
88
4Broken Face
1:30
86
5Gigantic
3:55
90
6River Euphrates
2:32
89
7Where Is My Mind?
3:54
96
8Cactus
2:16
81
9Tony's Theme
1:52
81
10Oh My Golly!
2:33
81
11Vamos
4:22
82
12I'm Amazed
1:43
79
13Brick Is Red
2:02
87
Total Length: 33 minutes

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Added on: September 24, 2012