Beneath the Eyrie

Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #581 / 771
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2019 Ratings: #756
Liked by 6 people
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Infectious / Label
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Loud and Quiet

There’s heartbreak and loss on Beneath the Eyrie, but also buoyancy and love. The one is the trade-off for the other.


Arguably their greatest work in 28 years, this otherworldly album filters present-day tribulations through the band's witchy, psychedelic prism.


Doing little to tarnish said consistency, it’s a record that calls to mind some of the band’s best moments, while still managing to feel fresh and exciting.


This is another modern classic from a classic band.

Under The Radar

Beneath the Eyrie is Pixies being great again on their own terms.


The band has reached a point where it can reference the past without feeling beholden to it, while forging an increasingly solid present, and that’s nothing to be angry about.


All the ingredients for a Pixies album are present on Beneath the Eyrie: somewhat bizarre lyrics, jarring instrumentals and delicate harmonies from the female bassist — yet there's something missing.


Beneath the Eyrie is the Pixies' strongest release since the band's reemergence. The album lyrically augments the real and magical while reestablishing the Pixies' musical fortitude.


While it occasionally feels lacking in the kind of explosive energy that made the band such an impact in the late ‘80s, it still captures the spirit of Pixies in a way that’s extremely satisfying.


Spookier and more fun, as well as looser and more cohesive than the band's two previous albums, Beneath the Eyrie isn't just the best Pixies 2.0 album to date -- it suggests they just might be stepping out of the shadow of their legendary past.


Beneath The Eyrie sees Pixies dipping back into the mysticism that came with their first few releases.

Y'know what my home state of Massachusetts is missing these days besides liveliness and a budget? It's missing good popular artists. There's... Joyner Lucas and... Meghan Trainor... *sigh*, but there's absolutely nothing coming out of this state besides a few obscure artists. There was a time during the late 20th century where a bunch of bands got a huge commercial following. This included Boston, Aerosmith and Pixies. They have not aged well in modern times, but the one that held up the most ... read more
So Pixies released a... Southern influenced alternative rock album? There is something undeniably western and even outlaw-ish about this record by the long standing alternative rock icons that brings some refreshing and new life to their sound.

On par with their early work, this is not. However, this is undeniably the most consistent, different, and engaging the group have sounded in nearly three decades. This doesn't honestly even feel like a Pixies album, as Black's vocals have taken on a ... read more
Pixies are still capable of making good and really infectious music, but they clearly lost that spark from the beginning of their career

Beneath the Eyrie isn't a bad record, it's just a bit avarage. The songwriting is a bit stale, so it lost my attention in a lot of places. Luckily, it has that classic Pixies sound, which has never lost its charm. They still sound really nice after all these years, the sound just doesn't really jump out to the front like it used to do

I'm not sure yet, but I ... read more
It's not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm just really glad that the Pixies have once again found their footing. Good shit despite it's shortcomings, and I'm super hyped for the future.
Unlike literally everything they've released since their reunion, Beneath the Eyrie at least sounds like it has direction and some inspiration beneath it. The band also play pretty well and the production is nice, but if the band wants to be relevant again they gotta pull together a better batch of songs. Most of the material here is listenable (except Los Surfers Muertos, seriously wtf happened there?), but won't keep you coming back. They sound more energized, but to really make something ... read more
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Track List

  1. In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain
  2. On Graveyard Hill
  3. Catfish Kate
  4. This Is My Fate
  5. Ready for Love
  6. Silver Bullet
  7. Long Rider
  8. Los Surfers Muertos
  9. St. Nazaire
  10. Bird of Prey
  11. Daniel Boone
  12. Death Horizon

Year End Lists

#20/Good Morning America
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Added on: June 3, 2019