Sound — 10
I cant believe no one has reviewed this album or mentioned this band. No band is as directly responsible for the Alternative boom to the mainstream in the early 90's as the Pixies are. Pretty much have influenced every indie and alternative band that has formed since. This classic of an album is the melodic counterpart to the more abrasive Surfer Rosa (also a solid five star album) and the hooks on this album just stick in your head and stay there for hours. The Pixies are most perfect and purest combination of pop and abrasive noise that has ever exsisted. Solid standout tracks musically is pretty much the entire album - you can listen to it straight through with out it growing stale or tired. "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey gone to heaven" were the most recognizable songs of the album but songs like "Gouge Away", "Debaser", "Wave of Mutilation", and "Mr. Grieves" are equally as memorable.
Lyrics — 10
Probably one of the most innovative and original lyricists since the Lennon, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed days in the 1960's. My overall impression of the lyrics are that this man is either just incredibly creative or on acid. Most of the lyrics if they do have a deaper meaning which they do usually come off as stream of consience ranting. Very innovative lyrics and a very unique sounding voice. Frank Blacks voice really did fit the off the wall lyrics quite well. Don't try and make sense of the lyrics. You will just turn into a Wave of Mutilation. Standout songs from a lyrical stand point are "Here Comes your Man", "Hey", "Number 13", and "Mr Grieves".
Overall Impression — 10
Classic from start to finish. If you own one pixies album or would like to start listening to them start with this album then buy Surfer Rosa and everything else. If you have never heard the Pixies you will enjoy them if you like Nirvana, Husker Du, The Replacements, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and Lame Lynch. Without a doubt this record has its place in music history and I would rank it as one of the most important releases of all time and probably the most important album of the late 80's. Yes even more important then Appetite of Destruction by Guns and Roses.