The album that brought the Pixies commercial acclaim in the UK did so without self-sacrifice. In their homeland they struggled to make it above cult status. A travesty because the hammered chords, twisting melodies and obtuse lyrics abound, and it was all pulled together and given new purpose by Gil Norton’s incisive production. Black Francis and Kim Deal share the vocal spoils, imbuing the content with contrasting textures. The raw anger of ‘Debaser’ is offset by the aurally sweet ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, while elsewhere, dynamite tunes confirm a collective love of pop. Where later releases showed increasing schizophrenia, Doolittle fully captures the Pixies’ unified zeal.
Tracks: Debaser; Tame; Wave Of Mutilation; I Bleed; Here Comes Your Man; Dead; Monkey Gone To Heaven; Mr. Grieves; Crackity Jones; La La Love You; No. 13 Baby; There Goes My Gun; Hey; Silver; Gouge Away....