The Pixies: Black Francis (vocals, guitar); Kim Deal (vocals, bass); David Lovering (vocals, drums); Joey Santiago (guitar).
Additional personnel: Robert F. Brunner (theremin).
Recorded at Cherokee, Aire and Silverlake, Los Angeles, California and Hansa Ton, Berlin, Germany.
With a keen sense of the absurd, Black Francis's (now Frank Black) Pixies were the consummate darlings of the music press--no surprise, with their refreshing mix of overblown guitars, discreet nods to the surreal and a vibrant grasp of pure pop that offered a luscious blow to the senses on execution. "Cecilia Ann" stood somewhere between spandex metal and Beach Blanket Bingo, while the deranged singalong of "Is She Weird" sat alongside the first single, "Velouria," underlining their ability to write timeless singles that filled the head and sent toes tapping incessantly out of time. A recent compilation confirmed their standing.
Rolling Stone (9/20/90) - 3 Stars - Good "...what stands out is the beat that throbs like a hangover, the fever-dream atmospherics, the pelvis- grinding abandon...potent and compelling.."
Spin (11/90) - "..Pop and noise...mutate into new beasts.."
Entertainment Weekly - "..Dark, biting post-modern rock.." - Rating: A
Q (12/99, p.68) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 4 Stars - Excellent - Ranked as the #9 Album of 1990.
Village Voice - "..they march out tunes so simple and confident and power riffs so grandly declamatory that you learn to understand the choruses by singing them.." - Rating: A
Blender (Magazine) (p.86) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir sunniest record: 'Velouria' is their greatest love song after 'Gigantic'; 'Ana' is a sand-speckled surfer idyll..."