Sound — 8
Pixies have a unique sound to them. It's pretty beat oriented, with the guitars either filling in the sound or mixing it up with little melodies. They do a good job controlling how quiet or loud the sound is, and they use that to the songs benifit.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are unique and origonal, but add more style than they add emotion for the song although they do benifit the song. The singer does alot of raw screaming, which is more just varience in the song and singing, and isn't emo-core screaming or anything like that. He would probably need to be a skilled singer to do some of the weirder things with his voice. Kim Deal dose some nice backup singing.
Overall Impression — 10
This album has 15 songs on it and is about 40 minutes long, the packaging is nice (although it comes in a heavy paper sleeve, not a jewel case, but i got a japanese import of it). It looks like it has the cd cover from the "monkeys gone to heaven" single. If this album was stolen from me I would probably get a different Pixies cd to hear other songs by them, but would end up replacing it fairly soon. Alot of the songs on this cd sound similair, and only a few of the songs are unique from eachother. Debasser, Gouge Away, Monkeys Gone To Heaven, are some of the better songs although the entire album is pretty good. This album has influenced bands from across the world and has had a big impact on rock, and has had a big musical influence on me as well.