51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
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!
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
The Pixies have been my favorite band since I was 10 years old when I first heard my older brother playing his Doolittle cassette. That album was the closest thing I've ever had to a religious experience and it remains one of my top 3 favorite records of all time. Since the Doolittle days, I bought and wore down every other Pixies CD and loved the pre-Doolittle albums just as much as the post- Doolittle works. I never thought I would ever see a new Pixies album particularly since Trompe Le Monde was released way back in '91, but here we are today, and I have the candy-like, orange cover in my hands.
I have to say that I think this album is really solid. I got familiar with all the new songs as they were released over the 3 EPs, and wasn't exactly a fan of all of them, but for some reason, it all really works well on this one cohesive record. The songs I wasn't crazy about at first listen have already grown on me.
The majority of Indie Cindy truly does sound excellent. What Goes Boom, Magdalena 318, Blue Eyed Hexe, Bagboy and Jamie Bravo are my personal favorite tracks. My only real complaint with this album is that Kim Deal chose not to be involved with it. It's hard not to think that the record would have been even better with Deal's vocals and contribution. But that's the way it goes. The good news is that Gil Norton is back and I love how polished everything sounds.
Take it from a hardcore Pixies fan, this album is great. One can only hope that there is more to come.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
Ignore the haters saying that this isn't "Pixies" or that it doesn't sound like "old Pixies" because neither are further from the truth. It's all very similar to Bossanova and Doolittle era Pixies, although "different" at the same time. Remember how many years it's been since Trompe & also the fact that not a single one of their other albums sound the same as another. Kim is gone, big deal, get over it. This IS Pixies. The only bad thing I have to say about it is that "The Loudness Was" once again rears it's ugly head on this album. Love the songs but the mastering is complete garbage. When will it end?
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
Soooooo excited to have a new Pixies album! I love the song "Indie Cindy" so much. It sounds like the first Frank Black solo album. Magdalena sounds like Bossanova-era Pixies. Silver Snail is unlike anything I've heard from them. Andro Queen sounds like Trompe Le Monde-era Pixies. A lot of my friends complained that the songs are too poppy, but the Pixies were always poppy. I think it's a fine album overall. So happy the Pixies are making music again. They sound rejuvenated and happy to play. Yay yay yay!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
To put this review in perspective, I discovered the Pixies via the album Bossanova in the early 90's. I'm not the hardest-core Pixies fan but I've come back to their albums time and again over the years, and I was excited to see that they had released some new material. Indie Cindy ended up being a much mellower album than I'd expected, and so those hoping for the raw cacophony of, say, Doolittle might be disappointed with this offering. If I had to compare Indie Cindy to an earlier album, I'd say that its blend of mellowness, pop, and a little bit of sci-fi weirdness makes it not entirely unlike Bossanova. Since that's the album on which I cut my Pixies teeth, that's a good thing. If you prefer your Pixies with a harder edge, maybe not so much so.
Not every song on the album is a winner, but there is some strong material.
What Goes Boom is an okay track, but I found it fairly bland for an opening cut.
Greens and Blues is a nice pop song with some of the best lyrics on the album. When Frank Black says "I said I'm human but you know I lied", is he in the midst of despair, or is he an alien trying to woo a human? Does "I'm wasting my time just talking to you" indicate despair or just frustration? Who knows, but this song is a highlight of the album.
Even reading the lyric sheet, I have no idea what Indie Cindy is supposed to be about. It follows something of a Pixies formula though (Frank Black screaming followed by a little bit of melody), and its random lyrics are kind of fun.
Bagboy took a few listens to grow on me, but it also sounds much like a classic Pixies song. At first, I thought Kim Deal was doing backing vocals on this track, but that does not seem to be the case.
Magdalena 318 reminds me of "Havalina"; both that song and Silver Snail would not sound out of place on the Bossanova album.
Blue Eyed Hexe and Ring the Bell are the weakest tracks on the album in my opinion. The former is a pretty generic rocker, and I couldn't get past the bubblegum sound of the opening in the latter.
Another Toe in the Ocean, Andro Queen, Snakes, and Jamie Bravo finish the album strong. These songs all sound like the Pixies with a modern twist. In particular, Andro Queen is delightfully weird, and the paranoia and ominous lyrics of Snakes make that song quite a lot of fun.
In summary, Indie Cindy is probably not the best Pixies album and the absence of Kim Deal is kind of obvious, but it's a solid album. Here's hoping it won't be 20 more years before they release some more new material!
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
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.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
At 57 years of age I have more music to listen to than I know what to do with. Back in the early 80's while driving through Boston I heard a song on 'BCN by a new band called Pixies. At the very next record store I would purchase their initial EP and never look back. The Pixies are without a doubt the single most influential alternative band ever. In meeting at that time, Black Francis, at a small club here in Portland, Maine, I would compliment them on their sound and say that they would go on to become one of the more profound bands ever. When they went their separate ways it left a huge hole in the music scene that would never be filled. Their quirky and infectious music would become the banner carried by so many devoted fans. In reuniting they would then have a new audience as well as we have never left their side. This new music is fantastic and it is great to read these reviews and see so many 5 star tributes. The Pixies are indeed this generation's Beatles and please don't take that the wrong way. Thank you so much for making this wonderful music!