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Beloved and enigmatic, influential and proudly difficult to categorize, the Pixies made a triumphant return in 2004 following an eleven-year hiatus. The celebrated band wowed both fans and critics at performances around the world and continued for seven years. For all those years, fans clamored for more and it remained uncertain as to whether or not the Pixies would ever record again. Until ... Read more in Amazon's Pixies Store

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias America
  • ASIN: B00J8JQ8GY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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2. Greens and Blues
3. Indie Cindy
4. Bagboy
5. Magdalena 318
6. Silver Snail
7. Blue Eyed Hexe
8. Ring the Bell
9. Another Toe in the Ocean
10. Andro Queen
11. Snakes
12. Jaime Bravo

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Combining jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic pop hooks, intertwining male-female harmonies, and evocative, cryptic lyrics, the Pixies were one of the most influential American alternative rock bands of the late '80s. They weren't accomplished musicians Black Francis wailed and bashed out chords while Joey Santiago's lead guitar squealed out spirals of noise. But the bandmembers were inventive, rabid rock fans who turned conventions inside out, melding punk and indie guitar rock, classic pop, surf rock, and stadium-sized riffs with singer/guitarist Black Francis' bizarre, fragmented lyrics about space, religion, sex, mutilation, and pop culture; while the meaning of his lyrics may have been impenetrable, the music was direct and forceful.
The Pixies were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 by Charles Thompson and his roommate Joey Santiago. Born in Massachusetts and constantly shuttling between there and California, Thompson began playing music as a teenager before he moved to the East Coast for good during high school. Following graduation, he became an anthropology major at the University of Massachusetts. Halfway through his studies at the college, he went to Puerto Rico to study Spanish, and after six months he decided to move back to the U.S. to form a band. Thompson dropped out of school and moved to Boston, managing to persuade Santiago to join him. Advertising in a music paper for a bassist who liked 'Hüsker Dü and Peter, Paul & Mary,' the duo recruited Kim Deal (who was billed as Mrs. John Murphey on the group's first two records), who had previously played with her twin sister Kelly in the folk-rock garage band the Breeders in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio. On the advice of Deal, the group recruited drummer David Lovering. Inspired by Iggy Pop, Thompson picked the stage name Black Francis and the group named itself the Pixies after Santiago randomly flipped through the dictionary.
Despite the Pixies touring regularly throughout the 2000s and 2010s, no more new music appeared until 2013, when the group went into the studio with longtime producer Gil Norton. During those sessions, Deal officially left the group. Bassist Simon Archer, aka Ding, replaced Deal in the studio, and the band hired the Muffs' Kim Shattuck for touring duties. 'Bagboy,' the Pixies' first new song in nine years, arrived in July 2013. That September, they self-released EP1, the first in a series of short releases, via their website. That November, Shattuck was let go from the band; a few weeks later, Paz Lenchantin who also played with Zwan and A Perfect Circle was drafted as the Pixies' bassist. EP 2 arrived in January 2014, and EP 3 was issued that March, before it was announced that all three post-re-formation EPs would be compiled as Indie Cindy for that April's Record Store Day.

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Take it from a hardcore Pixies fan, this album is great.
Will Morton
It's like they're trying to hard to capture something from the past, but it doesn't feel original, because they've been there and done that, but better.
DjC
This is a solid album and there are a lot of great songs which I've been enjoying for many months.
Palomar

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Fox on May 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it--the Pixies couldn't win here. If the new songs sounded too much like Doolittle or Surfa Rosa, people would be saying they are just resting on their laurels and reliving their past (albeit without the inimitable and sublime Kim Deal). if the music deviated too much from the classic Pixies sound (and chord structures, let's face it---some of their songs are similar), then people would be asking why this isn't just another Frank Black solo album. I think they find a pretty healthy medium here---there are at least a few songs here that absolutely stand up next to anything on Doolittle (I love Greens and Blues, Indie Cindy, Ring the Bell, and Magdalene 318, for starters). There are a few songs which are just so-so, but really not a lot of those (the hit-to-miss ratio is pretty good for a 12-song album). Yes, like many others I miss Kim's bass work and awesome background vocal work, but Black Francis's vocals are great on here and nearly make up for that, and Joey Santiago's guitar work to me is almost as integral to their sound as Black Francis---his crazy solos and surf-punk stylings sound awesome on here. I'm awfully glad to have new Pixies material...it's good to have the real thing back (they have been imitated and cribbed by other bands constantly since their heyday). Viva la Pixies!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on April 30, 2014
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I avoided the EP releases from Pixies Phase II, but I could hold out no longer when I saw them collected as Indie Cindy. A longtime fan of both Pixies and Frank Black, I felt I had to open myself up to disappointment and give this a chance. It certainly helped that Frank Black's latest releases have been good, his music turning back toward his strengths. Teenager of the Year remains one of my favorite albums by any artist, and I of course love the entire run of the original Pixies, particularly Doolittle. Indie Cindy is a bit of a catch-all of the Pixies' strengths, even though the absence of Kim Deal is subtly felt. In a nutshell, this is what one would expect from a post-Trompe le Monde Pixies: hard, melodic, punchy, and sonically interesting.

Most notably, Frank Black (I still think of him by that particular alias) sounds better than he has since Teenager of the Year. His vocals are just fantastic, the production giving just the right touch. Now that he's back with Santiago and Lovering, all the instruments have personality, so the dynamic is just right for these songs. In the end, this album not only doesn't diminish the band's legacy, it adds an exciting new chapter. Their peak years were of course their original run, but this isn't an exercise in nostalgia or a victory lap for an old band. It's a great batch of songs by artists in a new phase of their careers. I'm excited to see what they do next, but for now I'm thrilled to spend some time with Indie Cindy.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Palomar on May 1, 2014
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Let's congratulate the Pixies for making awesome new music! It takes considerable time and money to compose and record music and at least the Pixies are staying active and have produced a great new album.

It's not fair to compare this album against the Pixies earlier work. This is a solid album and there are a lot of great songs which I've been enjoying for many months. The earlier Pixies albums are some of the best rock albums ever recorded - they will not be topped. Those songs were composed and recorded in an earlier era when all the band members lived in the same city and practiced together intensively.

I like Kim Deal, but I don't miss her from the Pixies. I think we are better off having Kim focusing on her own stuff - I'd rather see her focus on her solo material and apparently Kim feels the same way.

I think the Pixies are playing better live than ever with Paz. If you compare videos of the band today versus twenty years ago - their live performance is much stronger.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2014
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To be fair it's got a couple of good songs, but nothing that is going to blow you away. It sounds more like a Frank Black solo album then a Pixies disk.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Scott on May 2, 2014
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Being a music geek, I've read countless negative reviews of this album from pretentious critics who were obviously never real fans of The Pixies. I completely disagree with them all. I saw them perform Bagboy on Jimmy Fallon last year. I honestly had no clue they were planning a comeback, but the performance was filled with that electricity, that energy that only Black Francis can summon. I instantly knew The Pixies were back in a big way. If you doubt they still have it, give Magdalena 318 a listen. It's amazing. Pure Pixies. Listening to Jaime Bravo makes me feel like it's 1991 and I'm 15 again! That kind of nostalgia is rare. Their ability to recapture that dynamic, that sweet sound they created years ago is uncanny and worth mentioning. Thank you so much for making more music. The 23 years since Trompe Le Monde was well worth the wait. It's difficult to withhold my excitement when anticipating future Pixies albums. Ignore the haters, please don't hesitate, just buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Howie on May 4, 2014
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I'm not going to dissect the album track by track or rehash the pro's and cons already raised, but just want to laud a rock solid album that slots in comfortably alongside the best of Pixies/FB's work. People looking for another 'Doolittle' aren't going to find it here but this really is that rare beast; a top rate 'comeback' album...sure it comprises previously released EP's and Frank hasn't exactly been idle in the preceding years...but this stands head and shoulders above so much 'rock' music released of late. And maybe I'm showing my age but the only other 'rock' album to have really excited me in recent years was another 'comeback' release, being Red Kross'- Researching the Blues.
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I have to admit I avoided the EPs due to the many negative reviews; but after streaming the album twice I had to pre-order. This is a very worthy addition to their discography.
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