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Pixies

Doolittle 25

4AD

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Pixies' Doolittle has officially reached the quarter-century mark, meaning the record is old enough to rent a car, get wasted on its own post-punk nihilism, and drive that car into a ditch to the sound of Black Francis' shiver-inducing scream (not that we'd ever endorse that kind of behavior).

Doolittle is an undeniable classic, paving the way for all those other bands that just wanted so badly to be Pixies, but we don't even have to mention them at this point, do we? Either way, the indie rock gods find us worthy enough to bless us with this respectable three-disc deluxe edition. The whole thing is a blistering testament to the raw talent of its creators, revealing that while Gil Norton's production resulted in a perfectly polished final product, the band's true power lay in their unharnessed energy.

Doolittle 25 is proof that Pixies were in top form during their heyday, even in the peripheral. The real surprise here is the third disc, made up mostly of early demos. It's like an alternate, more eager version of the album. Doolittle 25 captures the best of this alt-rock landmark and offers up enough goodies to justify a full-blown celebration. (www.pixiesmusic.com)

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