- Title:Head Carrier
- Style:Alternative/Indie Rock,Indie Rock
- Date of release:September 30, 2016
- Recording location:Rak Studios
- Size FLAC version1739 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1222 megabytes
- Size WMA version1330 megabytes
- Formats:FLAC AAC DTS XM MPC AIFF
Head Carrier is the sixth studio album by the American alternative rock band the Pixies, released on September 30, 2016 on Pixiesmusic and PIAS. Produced by Tom Dalgety, and recorded at RAK Studios in London, the album is the first to feature bass guitarist Paz Lenchantin, who joined the band in 2014 to tour in support of its previous album, Indie Cindy. The album's title references a cephalophore, a saint carrying his own head, more specifically St. Denis of Paris.
With Head Carrier, they’re essentially in their Voodoo Lounge phase, turning in the sort of middling, late-career album that will clog up the Pixies bin at your local record store when you’re looking to upgrade your worn-out copy of Surfer Rosa. If Head Carrier has no ambitions to be a return to a form, it at least doesn’t incite the same sort of facepalm incredulity as Indie Cindy. 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. I’m reminded of that infamous Steve Albini interview from the early ’90s where the Surfer Rosa producer called his former clients a band who, at their top-dollar best, are blandly entertaining college rock.
On Head Carrier, Pixies usher in more than a few changes, the biggest being bassist Paz Lenchantin. Replacing a member may be inconsequential for some bands, but for this one, it's a big deal (pun intended): Founding bassist Kim Deal departed prior to Indie Cindy, and the use of a session player on the album only underscored that a vital part of the group's appeal was missing.
Album · 2016 · 12 Songs. A pioneering indie-rock band continues its comeback streak. More sure-footed-and fun-than 2014’s Indie Cindy, Head Carrier bears the hallmarks of classic Pixies: Weird yet pretty, violent yet tender, and as reliant on sweet ‘60s harmonies as the rough edges of post-punk. See the oblique surf rock of Classic Masher (which could’ve made the band’s underrated Bossanova) or the rangy, folk-influenced Tenement Song, which harkens back to Doolittle.
About Head Carrier album. Album Head Carrier (2016). Black Francis, Dave Lovering, Joey Santiago, Paz Lenchantin.
CreditsRob Brinkmann - Assistant Engineer
Tom Dalgety - Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Vaughan Oliver - Art Direction, Design
Pixies - Primary Artist
Ian Pollock - Illustrations
Joshua Price - Design Assistant
|4||Might as Well Be Gone||Pixies||2:47|
|9||All I Think About Now||Pixies||3:07|
|10||Um Chagga Lagga||Pixies||3:00|
|11||Plaster of Paris||Pixies||2:06|
|12||All the Saints||Pixies||2:41|