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Surfer Rosa

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 334 ratings
1988 Ratings: #2
March 21, 1988 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Steve Albini / Producer
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Surfer Rosa is the Pixies' most polarized work. For each blazing piece of punk, there are softer, poppier moments.


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.

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.
This is one of my all-time favourites. Surfer Rosa feels like an album that doesn't take everything too seriously while being completely innovative and inspirational. Songs on the album feels like sudden explosions that mostly last 2 minutes. Typical Pixies lyrics are also here but Albini's raw production and some studio chit-chat's of band members makes you feel like you were present on the album's recording. It's one of the most agressive, energetic and sincere albums I ever listened to.
Where Is My Mind? Is one of my favorite songs, but I never understood how people love the rest so much
how is this album 30 yrs old
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Track List

  1. Bone Machine 
  2. Break My Body 
  3. Something Against You 
  4. Broken Face 
  5. Gigantic 
  6. River Euphrates 
  7. Where Is My Mind? 
  8. Cactus 
  9. Tony's Theme 
  10. Oh My Golly! 
  11. Vamos 
  12. I'm Amazed 
  13. Untitled 
  14. Brick Is Red
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Added on: September 24, 2012