Bossanova (studio album) by Pixies

Bossanova
Bossanova by Pixies
Year: 1990
Overall rank: 430th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 789 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1990 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (77th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (430th)

Pixies bestography

Bossanova is ranked 3rd best out of 18 albums by Pixies on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pixies is Doolittle which is ranked number 17 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 49,535.

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Rating: 88 (199 votes)Comments: 4
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 789 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.5/100, a mean average of 78.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.1.

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70/100
From 07/08/2020 01:34
Significantly weaker than Surfer Rosa and Doolittle. The intense sense of spontaneity is no longer present.
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From 06/18/2020 16:46
Of the four full-length albums released by the Pixies during their heyday (here I'm not counting the classic EP Come on Pilgrim), Bossanova is the one with which I've spent the least amount of time. It's much more of a straightforward rock album than either Surfer Rosa or Doolittle, meaning it lacks some of the bizarre quirks that make those albums such unique listening experiences. But it's much more recognizably a true Pixies album than Trompe le Monde, which feels at times like a Frank Black solo project (albeit one that utilizes his strengths far better than most of his actual solo material). On “Havalina,” the song's narrator spots a javelina—an ornery wild pig common in the southwestern desert landscapes that seem to inspire much of the album—walking across a plain. The music is a slow dance between celestial bodies, heavenly but melancholic. He sees the boar, and in two short lines, the song is over. Songs on Bossanova are triumphs of minute, private epiphany: small, diamond-bright moments that flash in the listener's ear and fade away.
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90/100
From 02/06/2020 21:19
There's something special about this album. I like it almost as much as Doolittle and Surfer Rosa. The surf sound works for me, and I like that the songs are a little less aggressive. Gets overlooked for obvious reasons, but don't forget about this one, it's classic Pixies.
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85/100
From 07/08/2019 10:34
Prefer this overall to Surfer Rosa (although fewer standout moments), but it's all personal preference.
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From 05/28/2019 20:19
As I have written before on Doolittle I'm new to The Pixies and this follow up did not disappoint I'm beginning to understand why Pixies are loved
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From 10/06/2018 15:53
Only started to listen to the Pixies in 2017 with Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa and then more recently Doolittle. Their energetic and frantic songs took a wee while for me to penetrate however I find this album much more accessible.
Favs are Velouria; All Over The World; The Happening; Stormy Weather and Havalina
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70/100
From 03/14/2018 21:32
This is a good record. However for rock music, I'm not that crazy about it. Hell, the song Rock Music just isn't good. And with songs like Hang Wire, Down To The Well and Allison, there are these weird quips that kinda capsize the songs for me. Hang Wire just ends abruptly, the vocal opening for Allison is just bizarre and Down the Well has this weird sound that I can't describe but just gets to me for some reason. But the standouts are still good. Just somewhat rudimentary.
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80/100
From 12/26/2017 04:38
The beginning of the end for Pixies but some excellent tracks here . Well worth checking out . Correctly placed as their 3rd best album
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From 05/09/2017 17:36
Havalina and Velouria are some of the best songs they've written, there are some other great songs but fillers prevent it from being a classic
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From 05/03/2017 06:33
Songs average 85, + 5 for having 3 of my 5 favorite songs ever in one place.
Album rating 90/A
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Best Albums of 1990
1. Violator by Depeche Mode
2. Heaven Or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
3. Nowhere by Ride
4. Bossanova by Pixies
5. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
6. Goo by Sonic Youth
7. Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction
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16. Reading, Writing And Arithmetic by The Sundays
17. Soundtrack From Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti
18. Shake Your Money Maker by The Black Crowes
19. Ragged Glory by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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