Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, and Eminent Tunefulness
Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into a Sonic Blockbuster
Frank Black-Led Set Includes Contagious Cover of The Jesus and Mary Chains Head On
The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.
As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldnt have broken up right after its release, theres no telling what wouldve happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the groups creations. Thats no small feat.
Mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition hybrid SACD presents the ensembles abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity its never enjoyed in any prior digital version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the groups earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rocks influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.
In other words, Mobile Fidelitys SACD version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on Letter to Memphis; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing Planet of Sound; the Spyhunter-like pace and limitless depth now present on Subbacultcha. Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde now emerges as a new albuma sonic wonderland thats not far removed from that of Nirvanas celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.
Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesnt disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys (Palace of the Brine), aliens (Planet of Sound), and love (The Sad Punk) bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions (Subbacultcha) and inflated egos (U-Mass). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chains Head On will have you hitting repeat. Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden countryall here, all encouraging repeat listens.
Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, dont make that mistake again. Essential with a capital E, and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelitys Pixies catalog restoration series.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Trompe le Monde
2. Planet of Sound
3. Alec Eiffel
4. The Sad Punk
5. Head On
7. Palace of the Brine
8. Letter to Memphis
9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
10. Space (I Believe In)
12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
13. Lovely Day
14. Motorway to Roswell
15. The Navajo Know