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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the alternative rock band was produced by Tom Dalgety and is its first with bassist Paz Lenchantin as a full-time member.

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All I Think About Now
I try to think about tomorrow But I always think about the past About the things that didn't last If I could go to the beginning Then for sure I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. 90
    Pixies’ full acceptance of the shifts in their schema only further solidify their inimitable identity. The exultant result: Head Carrier, a new classic.
  2. Mojo
    Sep 15, 2016
    80
    A colourful, catchy and quietly impassioned record. [Oct 2016, p.90]
  3. Sep 30, 2016
    70
    All in all, Head Carrier is a collection of lessons, experiences, sounds that exemplify the essence of fun rock ’n’ roll.
  4. Sep 15, 2016
    60
    There’s not enough adventure to make this truly feel like Pixies; it lacks the sense that the wheels might come off any minute. Lenchantin, for her part, holds her own, especially on All I Think About Now, but her new colleagues need to rediscover the urgency and ambition that defined their best work if they’re ever going to match it.
  5. Sep 28, 2016
    60
    When not vainly trying to live up to their legacy and instead embracing middle-age, the Pixies end up doing a much better job of not tainting said legacy. Head Carrier's best moments are straightforward, midtempo, guitar-based alt-rock.
  6. Oct 6, 2016
    55
    The truth is, if Head Carrier had arrived as the umpteenth Frank Black solo album, little about it would seem amiss. But coming from a band whose legacy was built on shock-and-awe transgression, Head Carrier feels overly pleasant and pedestrian.
  7. Oct 19, 2016
    30
    Musically, there are too many things going on and too few things going on. Every track sounds more or less the same, and every track sounds like a poor heyday tribute.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 2, 2016
    10
    Its really simple, if you like the Pixies then you will like this album. Forget all the comparisons to their early work, and just take it forIts really simple, if you like the Pixies then you will like this album. Forget all the comparisons to their early work, and just take it for what it is. Indie Cindy was good as well, its the pixies man! Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2018
    10
    This record is basically 80-85% of Pixies at their peak -- which means it's easily one of the best alternative rock records of the past coupleThis record is basically 80-85% of Pixies at their peak -- which means it's easily one of the best alternative rock records of the past couple years. "Classic Masher" almost sounds like classic Pixies and is quite catchy. "Baal's Back," "Head Carrier," and especially the romping "Um Chagga Lagga" are all fierce tracks that rock. Then you've got Pixies' quirky charm in fun songs like "Tenement Song" and the particularly demented "Oona." "Bel Espirit" has a pleasant vibe, reminiscent of some of the tracks on Hole's "Celebrity Skin." Pixies even shake up the formula a bit with a rare straightly emotional song in "All I Think About Now," which they pull off nicely in this tribute to Kim. Not a weak track on the album, and Paz does a fine job as the band's new vocalist and bassist. Head Carrier, though receiving generally favorable reviews, deserves more credit. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2016
    9
    How do you write new albums against the expectations that come with decades old nostalgia and praise. It's a daunting task, and my guess isHow do you write new albums against the expectations that come with decades old nostalgia and praise. It's a daunting task, and my guess is that Frank, Joey, David, and Paz decided it's impossible so just went with what they do best at THIS juncture. Head Carrier isn't perfect, but it's still got tremendous power, warmth, energy, and Pixies trademark sound. It's also a better album than Indie Cindy...certainly more cohesive. Personally, I find Paz' bass and vocals to be on par with Kim's and in some cases better. Her harmonies are fantastic. If you try to compare this with the Pixies of old you're missing the point. On its own merits, this is a joyous and catchy album and a welcome release from one of the seminal bands of all time. Expand
  4. Jul 12, 2018
    7
    Good Pixies album - not a classic like Doolittle but much better than Indie Cindy. New bassist Paz Lenchantin fitted in very well.
  5. Aug 7, 2017
    7
    A breeze of fresh air that carries nostalgia and old structures. Even though, as obvious, not a colossal album. A fun try that can't beA breeze of fresh air that carries nostalgia and old structures. Even though, as obvious, not a colossal album. A fun try that can't be compared to Surfer Rosa, Doolittle... whatever. A step away (but not as below as most fans state). Expand
  6. KVC
    Oct 17, 2016
    7
    If from now on the Pixies put out an album of this level once in a while, I would be content. Is Head Carrier a new classic that lives up toIf from now on the Pixies put out an album of this level once in a while, I would be content. Is Head Carrier a new classic that lives up to the likes of Doolittle and Surfer Rosa/Come on Pilgrim? No, it isn't. If you go in demanding an adrenaline rush of the same level you will be disappointed. But it is a very enjoyable record nonetheless, and it is definitely a Pixies record. The best way to describe Head Carrier is "decent": it is cohesive and never really dips in quality, a solid rock album that doesn't fail to entertain. Two highlights are 'Oona' and 'All I think about now'. In this last track, new member Paz Lenchantin is lead singer and proves herself to be no less charming than Kim Deal was. Both Kim Deal's voice and her work on the bass were integral to the Pixies formula, and the fact that Lenchantin does really well (different than Deal, but good) and fits in with an apparent effortlessness is a great win for Pixies fans that cannot be understated. While not offering quite the power rush and same level of originality and playfulness of some of their best work, Head Carrier is in a sense the best that you can expect from a revived classic band: there are no cringe worthy 'mistakes' and the band has not become a parody of itself. Head Carrier does not feel like a 'tryhard' album trying to recreate the old, failing to live up to it. Instead it feels like the work of a group of people that now what they are doing, and above all enjoy it. Head Carrier is definately worth a listen and a must-buy for any real Pixies fan. 7/10 is in my opinion the fairest grade in this scenario. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2016
    4
    Forgettable, by the numbers offering from a once great band. Tenement Song is the only track worth a damn, and that's not exactly great.Forgettable, by the numbers offering from a once great band. Tenement Song is the only track worth a damn, and that's not exactly great.

    Time to call it a day guys.
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