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Surfer Rosa (1988)
Black Francis' control-freak tendencies eventually squeezed Kim Deal's voice out of Pixies' records (and into some great Amps' and Breeders' ones), but her loopy charm is absolutely crucial to the appeal of this first big record. Goofing on field hockey players and super-heroes named Tony, Deal is seriously crucial. Amid all the ferocity, all the sex and death, there's this open-hearted, grinning sweetheart, and her big, big love.