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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the alternative rock band was produced by Tom Dalgety.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 7, 2019
    90
    A murky modern masterpiece. [Oct 2019, p.87]
  2. Kerrang!
    Sep 11, 2019
    80
    This is another modern classic from a classic band. [14 Sep 2019, p.55]
  3. 80
    Beneath The Eyrie is still arguably their most consistent body of work since their 2004 reformation and certainly their most inventive in 28 years. What a spooky surprise – that this incarnation of Pixies would turn out to be such a dark, dark horse.
  4. Sep 12, 2019
    70
    The album is not a return to the Pixies of yore. Beneath the Eyrie is the portrait of the band's musical progression and an arresting glimpse of the Pixies in this contemporary musical moment.
  5. Sep 17, 2019
    67
    It’s weird that “better than nothing” became the bar for what was once one of the most celebrated bands of their era, but if it’s a choice between more records as solid, if unspectacular, as Beneath the Eyrie or nothing, the Pixies might as well keep them coming. It’s been a long time since this band had anything left to lose.
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    60
    Generally, the songwriting is solid rather than spectacular, although Catfish Kate, a tuneful tall story about a woman who battles with a catfish so she can cook him, is a real zinger.
  7. Sep 16, 2019
    40
    It’s not a terrible album – it’s better than many bands that Pixies inspired – but it isn’t terribly good either.

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  1. Sep 14, 2019
    10
    While Beneath the Eyrie exhibits darker themes and often a slower, creeping pace than is typical of Pixies, it remains undeniably a PixiesWhile Beneath the Eyrie exhibits darker themes and often a slower, creeping pace than is typical of Pixies, it remains undeniably a Pixies record. Classic Pixies dynamics are featured on the album’s most radio-friendly, soft-loud rocker “Graveyard Hill,” the sardonic, folksy, stripped-down “Death Horizon,” and the surfer banger “St. Nazaire.” “This is My Fate” works a sinister, burlesque air for an intriguing detour. Paz Lenchantin shines throughout the record, with her bass-playing keeping the perfect tone and groove, and her vocal harmonies proving a key ingredient to filling out the tracks. Paz’s haunting vocals on “Los Surfers Muertos” are another highlight on the album. Beneath the Eyrie is fresh and interesting, demonstrating in many ways a band whose sound has appropriately aged and matured from their nihilistic, primal-scream moorings of the late 80s to a 2019 iteration that still works in surrealism, but in different shades, angles, and paces. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2019
    10
    This album is pure Pixies. Fantastic, loud, inspired, impactful. I wake up everyday with a different song off the album stuck in my head.This album is pure Pixies. Fantastic, loud, inspired, impactful. I wake up everyday with a different song off the album stuck in my head. Catch them live if you can, one of the greatest live shows you can possibly see. Guitarist Joey Santiago is a genius. Crazy variety on this album. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    10
    In my opinion this is Pixies best album since Bossa Nova, and interestingly enough has a similar level of song variety that Bossa Nova has.In my opinion this is Pixies best album since Bossa Nova, and interestingly enough has a similar level of song variety that Bossa Nova has. There are rockers, ballads, haunting moody numbers, surf punk, and more. The album sounds fantastic. The mix is great. Paz' bass lines are driving and have exquisite tone. If you're a Pixies fan you'll love it. If you're a "no Pixies without Kim" troll, you're missing out. This album is dark thematically, but it gives nothing but joy. In true Pixies fashion the verses are discordant and build to true anthemic ear worms you can't shake. I can't say it's as trail blazing as their early work, but then again how could it be? They stick to what works for them and it's great. Long Rider and On Graveyard Hill are probably the most "Pixie's" like tracks on the cd and both rock, but equally refreshing are some of the odd tracks that cover new ground. Be sure to also check out the Pixies podcast that goes in depth on the band and the recording of the CD. It's awesome to listen to if you're a fan of the band or are interested what goes into the process of recording and album. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2019
    8
    Not one to write reviews I feel compelled after the numerous industry reviews pouring lukewarm water on this album. Look at "Beneath theNot one to write reviews I feel compelled after the numerous industry reviews pouring lukewarm water on this album. Look at "Beneath the Eyrie" in isolation to their highpoint of the late 80s, early 90s and it's easily their best of their "modern" albums. Tracks of great variety, well constructed and they play well start to finish. They will never be the same but accept this for what it is people. Thank god their still playing music. Love it Pixies! Keep it up. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2019
    8
    Not sure what album the Boston Globe heard but at least they win the award for most pretentious review. Beneath the Eyrie is hardly aNot sure what album the Boston Globe heard but at least they win the award for most pretentious review. Beneath the Eyrie is hardly a masterpiece but the trademark odd hooks, dissonant chords and confounding lyrics of Pixies are all there. This is not a reproduction of another band - it's clearly Pixies...enjoy Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2019
    8
    The Pixies' 2019 album shows a newly inspired and focused take on the classic pixies sound. The new album does not sound like Doolittle orThe Pixies' 2019 album shows a newly inspired and focused take on the classic pixies sound. The new album does not sound like Doolittle or Surfer Rosa in the traditional sense, but rather takes the essential pixies sound and experiments with slower and more impactful instrumentation ranging from surf rock, spaghetti western, gothic and and a hint of psychedelic. Most songs here present a dRk undertone which are further strengthened by gritty guitar work and vocals which are pleasantly not too produced and clean. Overall most songs prove to be meaningfully relevant to the pixies historical discography and after three listens of the album, Beneath the Eyrie has proven to be well balanced, experimental, well-paced with just the right amount of balance to production and rawness. Worth a careful listen to any fan of of the pixies and alternative rock in general. 8/10 Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2019
    7
    As a long time fan of PIXIES this is a welcome return to form after the uninspired sounding Head Carrier. It's unfair to draw unfavorableAs a long time fan of PIXIES this is a welcome return to form after the uninspired sounding Head Carrier. It's unfair to draw unfavorable comparisons with albums like Doolittle; PIXIES have moved on and so should their fans. Let's just be grateful that they've still got music like this in them. Expand

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