Of the first five, this is definitely their "weakest" offering although at the time it didn't make much difference. Because if you loved Pixies, you'd have eagerly anticipated their next album no matter what. And with "Trompe Le Monde", I guess it was just as exciting to hear what Pixies had to offer and at its worst, this album is no less than good.
The excellent "Planet Of Sound" and "Subbacultcha" as an example, could have easily fitted in onto "Doolittle", but that's maybe what points out to this album's "failure" of sounding somewhat like a compilation of leftovers from previous albums, rather than a concise, proper new LP after "Bossanova" (the latter itself not entirely welcomed by many, but for me that one had more uniqueness as an album than "Trompe le Monde", and regardless of the superbness of the group's first three great albums, remains a personal favourite from the group's earlier discography - in that respect, "Space (I Believe)" is another perfect example where it could have landed). "Head On" is a nice little suprise cover version on the album, and yes, as much as we may love The Jesus & Mary Chain, Pixies' great straight-forward re-interpretation complements the original, treating it with respect the cheesy original sadly misses.
In all, "Trompe Le Monde" spelled the inevitable "end of the line" - or "end of the era" for Pixies. The deserved cult status kept the loyal fanbase strong and bullding up, but judging it from a 25+ years distance, you can hear the cracks, pushes and shoves on this album... And as much as many praise their comeback in recent years, with a number of EPs and two albums, "Trompe Le Monde" still feels like a slight "dark shadow" cast on all these recent releases by the group that turned from a cult avant-garde rock band to a standard indie band, saved mainly by the ever-astonishing (nostalgic) trademark designs by Vaughan Oliver.