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Trompe le MondeDescription : Trompe le Monde is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in 1991 on the English independent record label 4AD in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. After the surf-pop of Bossanova, the album saw a return to the abrasive sound of the band's early albums.The album was described by Michael Bonner, writing in Lime Lizard, as "one of the best albums that you may very well ever hear" and "a strong contender for best album of the 2... Page:t

Trompe le Monde
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Studio album by Pixies
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1991
Recorded1991
Master Control, Burbank;
Pacifique, Burbank;
Studio des dames, Paris;
Blackwing Studios, London.
GenreAlternative rock
Length39:03
LanguageEnglish
Label4AD
ProducerGil Norton
Pixies chronology
Bossanova
(1990)
Trompe le Monde
(1991)
Pixies
(2002)
Singles from Trompe le Monde
  1. "Planet of Sound"
    Released: May 28. 1991
  2. "Alec Eiffel"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Letter to Memphis"
    Released: 1991
  4. "Head On"
    Released: 1991

Trompe le Monde is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in 1991 on the English independent record label 4AD in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. After the surf-pop of Bossanova, the album saw a return to the abrasive sound of the band's early albums.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars
Blender4/5 stars
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars
Entertainment WeeklyA−
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars
NME7/10
Pitchfork Media9.4/10
Q4/5 stars
Rolling Stone3/5 stars
The Village VoiceA−

The album was described by Michael Bonner, writing in Lime Lizard, as "one of the best albums that you may very well ever hear" and "a strong contender for best album of the 20th century". AllMusic writer Heather Phares noted the reduced role of Kim Deal, calling it "essentially Black Francis' solo debut".

Content

The album name comes from the title of the first track, "Trompe le Monde", a French phrase meaning "Fool the World". Unlike previous albums, the title of the album comes from the name of a song (rather than a song lyric), and is a play on the French phrase "trompe l'oeil"—a painting technique in which the painter fools the viewer into thinking objects presented are real.

"Head On" is a cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain track that was released as a single reaching number 6 in the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

"U-Mass" is a song about the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where Black Francis met Joey Santiago before dropping out to form Pixies. Santiago recalls that the original guitar riff was written while they were still enrolled.

"U-Mass"

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Track listing

All songs written by Black Francis except "Head On", which is written by Jim Reid and William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

  1. "Trompe le Monde" – 1:48
  2. "Planet of Sound" – 2:06
  3. "Alec Eiffel" – 2:50
  4. "The Sad Punk" – 3:00
  5. "Head On" – 2:13
  6. "U-Mass" – 3:01
  7. "Palace of the Brine" – 1:34
  8. "Letter to Memphis" – 2:39
  9. "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" – 2:48
  10. "Space (I Believe in)" – 4:18
  11. "Subbacultcha" – 2:09
  12. "Distance Equals Rate Times Time" – 1:24
  13. "Lovely Day" – 2:05
  14. "Motorway to Roswell" – 4:43
  15. "The Navajo Know" – 2:20

Personnel

Pixies
  • Black Francis – vocals, guitar
  • Kim Deal – bass guitar, vocals
  • David Lovering – drums
  • Joey Santiago – lead guitar
Additional musicians
  • Eric Drew Feldman – keyboards, piano
  • Jef Feldman – percussion
Production
  • Produced by Gil Norton
  • Engineered by Steve Haigler
  • Recorded at Master Control, Burbank; Pacifique, Burbank; Studio Des Dames, Paris; Blackwing, London
  • Mixed at Master Rock, London
Design
  • Art direction and design – Vaughan Oliver / v23
  • Design assistance – Chriss Bigg, Paul McMenamin
  • Photography – Simon Larbalestier
  • Rockets – Steven Appleby
  • Typesetting – TPP Ltd. London

Charts

Album chartPeak
position
US Billboard 20092
UK Albums (OCC)7
Singles
Billboard (North America)
YearSingleChartPosition
1991"Letter to Memphis"Modern Rock Tracks6
1992"Head On"Modern Rock Tracks6
Gallup (United Kingdom)
YearSingleChartPosition
1991"Planet of Sound"Gallup Top 7527
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