First Pixies album in over 22 years that would have made a good Pixies album about 20 years ago if the band had not left the stage back then. But still, it makes a good Pixies album even now in 2014. Okay Kim Deal’s not involved anymore (which seems to be a major gripe for sentimentalists), and the record lacks the tight-kicking powerhouses of a Monkey Gone To Heaven or Velouria, but that was then and this is now. What cannot be denied when listening to Indie Cindy is there are enough top tunes on here to make the record’s release deserving and necessary. Basically, it stands up. It hits heights.
The record begins with a thumper, What Goes Boom, which is admittedly not as all-round powerful as some of their earlier work but it demonstrates that the band can still bite back and, well, do a Pixies. This is followed by two Built To Spill-like, spaghetti rock numbers; the pretty tuneful, first-sun-of-spring, Greens and Blues, followed by the title track, with its many mood changes and tear-forming, dreamy lovelorn innocence. So far so good.
The heavier call-and-responce Bagboy has Frank Black more direct-talking than singing: “So disappointed I was that I had made small talk with you / I’m not feeling your buzz I only smell your crock of stew”. This leads us up to the chorus where Black and (Deal?) share “Bag-boyyyyy / Bag-boyyyy…….” It’s a sinister-sounding, oldschool Pixies rocker and, again, it’s pretty mighty.
Moving on, Silver Snail is like a pastel colored groggy psych fairytale, while Ring The Bell is where the record sounds about as straight-up and radio-friendly as it gets. But its with Andro Queen where Indie Cindy really gets about as hairs-standing-on-neck beautiful; a lovely semi electric strummer-haze of a tune. Another Toe In the Ocean, meanwhile, is an unashamed open road alt rocker of supreme singalong richness.
Indie Cindy is certainly going to split opinion (the EPs from which they come already have), but life’s too short to get hung up on any of the why’s and where’s, there is enough here to enjoy and adore, and we should be thankful the tracks that are winners exist, and that they can be found on one whole album piece is no bad thing.