It's been a long... long time since Black Francis and Co. came out an albums' worth of material. But here it is. After 23 years we waited…and waited for the next album after Trompe le Monde. This was an album I couldn't wait to hear.
The album combines the songs from the last three EP's that have been released since early 2013. And most definitely it is The Pixies... But I just don't think they broke the barriers they could have.
It starts out with a fantastic song called "What goes boom" and I really love that song - "Greens and Blues and the title track "Indie Cindy" only marginally touch on Black's talents with the guitar. It is obvious Kim Deal is missed. Though "Bagboy" is the first single released from this work…I really like the fifth track "Magdelena" - No doubt this song belongs in Quentin Tarantino film. A deep non-stop groove to it.
The middle of the album drags and this is where on the record Black Francis should have taken note of the last three EP's and thought what can we do a little different. This is the part of the album he might have wanted to think like he is 25 years old again and not like they had spent their hiatus in deep space. Maybe explore some music with a beat that is a little quicker.
If "Sci-Fi Punk": was what he wanted to accomplish…well done. But a whole album of it makes It sound like a Black Francis solo bit. The album does pick it up at the end with the last two songs. "Snakes" is pretty cool song and so is "Jaimie Bravo"….But for me, liking The Pixies from "back in the day"
The overall body of work on this album is somewhat of a letdown. If you are a "hardcore" Pixies fan you will like this album. But not as much as their albums before. Kim Deal is no doubt missed on this record and if The Pixies move forward it would be awesome to see Deal and Black on the same page again.
It gets 3 out of 5 stars on the "Hardcore Scale". And in closing remember, "Rock and Roll is like a cockroach….You can even put in the microwave for 10 minutes and it won't die!!!"
Get it here.
The Pixies - Indie Cindy
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