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Old 01-07-2022, 07:21 PM   #431 (permalink)
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Really love the earlier Pixies stuff, up through Doolittle. I saw them on their first US tour, on the day Surfer Rosa was released. My top ten Pixies songs, in no particular order (except the first one) and subject to change:

I've Been Tired
Nimrod's Son
Levitate Me
Weird At My School
Cactus
River Euphrates
Down To The Well (not the version on Bossanova)
Wave Of Mutilaton
Gouge Away
Ed Is Dead
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Old 07-15-2022, 09:53 AM   #432 (permalink)
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I once owned all the studio albums, long before a reunion occurred, but ended up shedding them all apart from Doolittle. That album is almost perfect but the others are spotty at best.

Bossanova would be my (distant) second favourite and Trompe le Monde has the odd fine track.
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Old 07-15-2022, 09:59 AM   #433 (permalink)
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I resent the implied Surfer Rosa slander, but I agree that Doolittle is the best one
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Old 07-15-2022, 10:07 AM   #434 (permalink)
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I resent the implied Surfer Rosa slander, but I agree that Doolittle is the best one
Who, me?

LOL! It's across the board, I'm afraid. There came a point in time where I decided to only keep albums that were (IMO) exceptionally consistent and really meant something to me.

If I didn't do that, my music collection would be double the size it currently is now and largely unmanageable.
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Old 07-15-2022, 10:17 AM   #435 (permalink)
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Yeah gotcha
I agree Surfer Rosa is less consistent but I would still rank it above Bossanova and TLM
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I agree Surfer Rosa is less consistent but I would still rank it above Bossanova and TLM
I couldn’t remember much about Surfer Rosa, so I just gave it another listen online.

IMHO, Surfer Rosa is probably the quirkiest of the first four full-length studio albums, but I found it to be the least substantial. Bone Machine, Gigantic and Where is My Mind? are still excellent cuts, but the rest I can easily live without.

Anyway, I’m the type of music lover who usually swims against the tide of popular opinion. For example, many consider Slowdive’s best album to be Souvlaki, which I think is utter bull (especially if one knows the background and has heard the shelved demos). But, hey, different strokes...
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I couldn’t remember much about Surfer Rosa, so I just gave it another listen online.

IMHO, Surfer Rosa is probably the quirkiest of the first four full-length studio albums, but I found it to be the least substantial. Gigantic and Where is My Mind? are still excellent cuts, but the rest I can easily live without.
I definitely rate those. "Break my Body", "River Euphrates" and "Vamos" would be among the other highlights for me.
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Interesting. Not trying to get too far off-topic, but which one out of Just for a Day or Pygmalion is more preferable to you? I definitely think JFOD is an underrated album, and Pygmalion is great, but just so different from their earlier output that it's hard to make a comparison.
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I definitely rate those. "Break my Body", "River Euphrates" and "Vamos" would be among the other highlights for me.
Yeah, I can still enjoy them for what they are, but I've long learnt to be harsh when retaining prime cuts from albums I don't want to keep.

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Interesting. Not trying to get too far off-topic, but which one out of Just for a Day or Pygmalion is more preferable to you? I definitely think JFOD is an underrated album, and Pygmalion is great, but just so different from their earlier output that it's hard to make a comparison.
My favourite is Just for a Day. IMHO, it is the best shoegazing album of all time.

Souvlaki was the sign of a band losing their confidence and pandering towards the flakiness of Alan McGee, who heavily criticised the original demos. Sonically, I found the dynamics on this album to be flat, in comparison to Just for a Day. Even the Brian Eno collaboration is lame.

Pygmalion is good in parts but it sounds unfinished and lacks focus. I think the demo bootleg from this period is far superior.

With that said, Just for a Day and The Pygmalion Demos are the only Slowdive albums I consider worth owning. As for the monstrosity that is the 2017 comeback album, don't get me started on that...
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Old 08-09-2022, 04:30 AM   #439 (permalink)
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Finally gave their 2019 album a listen and whilst it's not bad or anything I do wish they didn't reunite, those first 2 are classics and Bossanova is excellent as is Trompe Le Monde but there's no spark now, there's the odd really good track but that's about it.
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I must confess I did not read through all 44 pages of previous responses but if no one has mentioned the song The Happening off of Bossanova, it deserves some love!
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