Pixies - Trompe Le Monde

Limited 180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue, UK Pressing

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Trompe Le Monde is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Pixies, originally released in September 1991 by 4AD Records.

The title might be French for "fool the world," but with Trompe Le Monde, the Pixies weren't fooling anyone: this was essentially Black Francis' solo debut. It focuses on Francis' sci-fi fascination and lacks any Kim Deal songs; even her backing vocals are far and few between. Yet the band sounds revitalized on Trompe le Monde, as if it were planned as their last hurrah.

The raucous "Distance Equals Rate Times Time" and the explosive cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" are fairly straightforward, but the lyrics remain quirky on "Planet Of Sound", a song about a Martian who lands on Earth, and "Palace Of The Brine", a tribute to sea monkeys and Utah's Salt Lake.

Musically, "Trompe le Monde"'s psychedelic sheen and "Alec Eiffel"'s atmospheric keyboards prove that the Pixies' sound wasn't defined by Steve Albini-style rawness. There's also more emotional depth: "The Sad Punk" features the strangely poignant bridge "And evolving from the sea/Would not be too much time for me/To walk beside you in the sun," and "Letter To Memphis" is a heartfelt, if cryptic, love song.

Though Francis doesn't sound quite like the Pixies' other work, ‘Come On Pilgrim’'s spooky beginnings, ‘Surfer Rosa’'s abrasive assault, ‘Doolittle’'s deceptively accessible punk-pop, and ‘Bossanova’'s spacy sonics helped make Francis a rousing swan song and a precursor to alternative rock's imminent success.

Whether that means their music remained pure or they missed their chance to cash in is debatable; either way, the Pixies are one of America's greatest, most influential bands.

Check out the tracks: “Planet Of Sound”, “Alec Eiffel”, “Letter To Memphis”, and “Head On”. 

This limited reissued LP with reproduced artwork is pressed in the UK on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Trompe Le Monde

1:48

A2

Planet Of Sound

2:06

A3

Alec Eiffel

2:50

A4

The Sad Punk

3:00

A5

Head On

2:13

A6

U-Mass

3:01

A7

Palace Of The Brine

1:34

A8

Letter To Memphis

2:39

B1

Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons

2:48

B2

Space (I Believe In)

4:18

B3

Subbacultcha

2:09

B4

Distance Equals Rate Times Time

1:24

B5

Lovely Day

2:05

B6

Motorway To Roswell

4:43

B7

The Navajo Know

2:20

SKU 652637101416
Record Label 4AD Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number CAD 1014
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 23 September 2008
Original Release Date (Year) 23 September 1991
Barcode # 652637101416
Shipping Weight 0.3100kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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