AOTY 2019

Indie Cindy

Pixies - Indie Cindy
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2014 Ratings: #810 / 845
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
2014 Ratings: #469
April 29, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

‘Indie Cindy’ is still a very good album, with plenty for Pixies fans to get excited about. 

70
NME

At its best, like on ‘Bagboy’, ‘Indie Cindy’ is free-sounding, adventurous and explosive.

60
musicOMH

By no means a poor record, if this was a release by a new band, we’d be celebrating the finer moments for the quality they have, not the magic that they don’t.

60
Drowned in Sound

Indie Cindy isn't a bad record. Far from it in fact. But as with many other bands who've tried to turn back the clock to better days recently, it also begs the question why would anyone choose to listen to this rather than any of its predecessors?

60
The Skinny

Running the gamut of familiar Pixies tropes, it’s hardly top-notch throughout.

60
Time Out London

Whereas last year’s ‘m b v’ was up there with its creators’ best work, ‘Indie Cindy’ only sometimes comes close to rivalling the gut-punch excitement of Pixies’ shrieking, shredding, euphoric run between 1986 and 1993.

55
The Line of Best Fit

The problem is Black Francis himself. The compelling songwriting that completed Pixies is no longer there, something made evident by his underwhelming solo career. This is Pixies with their teeth removed

50
The 405

It's a set of rock songs. Granted, straight-ahead and frequently workmanlike rock songs, but they are not - repeat, not - without merit. 

25
Pitchfork

Worse than any of the music is the feeling that a band so deft at challenging the system has become part of it in the most predictable ways, rubbing together the tropes of their old art and hoping they can still start a fire, replacing experimentation with routine

MasterCrackfox
49
If I found that Pixies albums in the early 90s were already beginning to show signs of deflating, then their return thirteen years later is about as flat as they come.

There are a few notable issues with Indie Cindy. The first is just the overall tone of the album, which feel more like a generic alternative rock album rather than what Pixies were known for. What is being done here doesn't feel fresh by any means; not just by the groups standards but by just general standards on their own. ... read more
MinatoArisato
30
This is what the corpse of a fallen giant sounds like. God is this record disappointing. Not only is this an incredibly mediocre rock album, but it's by the damn Pixies, arguably the greatest rock band of all time. It's even more insulting when one of the most innovative and off the wall bands ever is making by the books music that feels lifeless and without charm. I'll always love this band but man is this record just trash.

Best Track: Magdalena 318
Worst Track: Ring the Bell
tha138
45
Like draging a soulless body in the busy streets of musicville...
A great disappointment.
NR
This album doesn't get the respect it deserves.
21stcenturyschi
42
I just wanted to do a quick review of this album. This "album" is actually just a collection of 3 EPs, and I already expressed my dislike for all of them separately, which is why I just want to do a shorter review of just my overall thoughts of these EPs. The Pixies are one of my favorite bands, and were also a very influential alternative rock band. They were the main influence on groups such as Radiohead, Weezer and Nirvana, and kind of were just a big influence on how we listen to ... read more
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#48/MOJO

Track List

  1. What Goes Boom
  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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