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Surfer Rosa (album) by Pixies

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Surfer Rosa
Surfer Rosa by Pixies (1988)
Overall rank: 86th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,495 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1988 (2nd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (86th)

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Pixies bestography

Surfer Rosa is ranked 2nd best out of 15 albums by Pixies on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pixies is Doolittle which is ranked number 19 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 83,121.

Pixies album bestography « Higher ranked (19th) This album (86th) Lower ranked (397th) »
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Members who like this album also like: Doolittle by Pixies, Nevermind by Nirvana and The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths.

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Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,495 votes)
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Very raw! A very cohesive album. Not as commericial as Doolittle but some cacthy songs are on this record as well
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Another legendary record for 1988 that mostly lives up to its reputation. Stacked with catchy songs and surprising instrumentation/production techniques.
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So raw yet so beautiful
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Two classics tracks in Gigantic and Where's my Mind, the rest pretty ho hum to be honest and several throw away mumbers. Surprised to see it ranked so high. Trompe Le Monde's way better.
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Bel disco, ma manca quel "quid" che divide il comunque ottimo disco dal capolavoro.
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Great, great band. This is what rock music should be. It is music to let go to, to get lost in, to become your real self or someone else. Love it!
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Now don't kill me here, but I can't see how some people compare this to Doolittle. Not a bad record but their not in the same league.
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Hard for me to separate Surfer Rosa from Come On Pilgrim, as I had the CD with both, but it was probably my most important CD in 7th/8th grade.
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Great, energetic, and raw. Up to Cactus is such a great run of songs. It feels to me like it drops off a little in quality starting with Tony's theme though
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Surfer Rosa wow what an album . Like the twin towers and other historical events I recall EXACTLY where I was when I first heard this album . I'd been hearing and reading the buzz around Pixies & finally managed to score a copy of the album , I took it home dropped the needle on Bone Machine and from the opening bars stopped what I was doing and listened to sides 1 and 2 utterly transfixed & then I listened to it all a 2nd time knowing I had in my possession an instant classic . I know Doolittle is the higher rated album but IMO this Surfer Rosa will always be the superior peice of work . It's got this crazy energy running through its veins that never really lets up best embodied by Vamos , half Spanish half English what's that all about ? But in the very best kind of way . I love the splices of dialog sprinkled between songs " He Was Just So Quiet About It And The Next Thing You Know ...." . Pixies peaked right here and sadly never recaptured the magic , but hey that's ok Surfer Rosa is one incredible legacy
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1. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
2. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
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