Head Carrier

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Head Carrier
An orange-tinted photo of a fish
Studio album by Pixies
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
RecordedFebruary–March, 2016
StudioRAK Studios, London
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock, pop rock
Length33:48
LabelPixiesmusic, PIAS
ProducerTom Dalgety
Pixies chronology
Indie Cindy
(2014)
Head Carrier
(2016)
Singles from Head Carrier
  1. "Um Chagga Lagga"
    Released: July 6, 2016
  2. "Talent"
    Released: August 17, 2016
  3. "Tenement Song"
    Released: September 5, 2016
  4. "Classic Masher"
    Released: November 24, 2016
  5. "Bel Esprit"
    Released: March 17, 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubC[3]
The Guardian2/5 stars[4]
The Independent3/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
NME4/5[7]
Pitchfork5.5/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Uncut6/10[11]

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.

Background[edit]

Production started around late 2015 after finding a new producer, Tom Dalgety (replacing previous producer Gil Norton, who had worked on the Pixies last four albums). They met with him as they were recording demos for the followup of their 2014 album Indie Cindy. Previously they had debuted a number of songs live that they were test-driving as potential tracks for their next album. Such tracks included "Super Lecker", "O' Little Cloud", and "Down to Tulom".[12]

This album marks the first full appearance of bassist Paz Lenchantin after replacing previous bassist Kim Deal, who left the band in 2013. Lenchantin had previously been featured on the bonus track "Women of War" (a vinyl bonus track off of Indie Cindy), as well as live tracks for the deluxe edition of the same album. Lenchantin had previously been the touring bassist, but was promoted to full-time member starting with this album. She also has a writing credit and lead vocals for the song "All I Think About Now", which was written about Kim Deal and takes on the form of a thank-you letter.[13]

The album was officially announced on July 6, 2016 with the release of its first single "Um Chagga Lagga". This was followed up by a second single, "Talent", on August 17, 2016. The whole album was streamed on NPR starting on September 22, 2016.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All music by the Pixies, all lyrics by Black Francis apart from “All I Think About Now", by Francis and Lenchantin.[15]

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Head Carrier"3:36
2."Classic Masher"2:37
3."Baal's Back"1:54
4."Might as Well Be Gone"2:48
5."Oona"3:38
6."Talent"2:12
7."Tenement Song"2:57
8."Bel Esprit"3:12
9."All I Think About Now"3:07
10."Um Chagga Lagga"3:00
11."Plaster of Paris"2:06
12."All the Saints"2:41
Total length:33:48

Personnel[edit]

Pixies
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 23
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 15
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 32
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 31
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 20
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[25] 21
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[27] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 7
US Billboard 200[30] 72

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 135

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Head Carrier – Pixies". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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  4. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (September 29, 2016). "Pixies: Head Carrier review – indie-rock veterans fail to match past glories". The Guardian. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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  6. ^ Perry, Andrew (October 2016). "Pixies: Head Carrier". Mojo (275): 90.
  7. ^ Beaumont, Mark (September 28, 2016). "Pixies – 'Head Carrier' Review". NME. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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  9. ^ Doherty, Niall (November 2016). "Black Magic". Q (365): 109.
  10. ^ Harris, Keith (September 30, 2016). "Review: Pixies' 'Head Carrier' Features New Bassist, Old Sound". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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