On September 30, the Pixies will release Head Carrier, their seventh studio album, and the second of their 21st century reconvening. A handful of tracks have been released from the album so far and “Talent,” their latest, is a fiery number that recalls the most incendiary — and lyrically clever — work of their late ’80s and early ’90s heyday. So far, it’s easily the best song of 2016 to reference Jack Palance.
In 2014, the band released Indie Cindy, their first new album of new music in 23 years (though technically, it was comprised of material of three 2013 EPs) and the critical reaction was decidedly mixed. While some were thankful to have such a beloved band back in their lives, to others it seemed inessential, particularly missing bassist Kim Deal, and perhaps a key example of “be careful what you wish for.” Still, it’s hard to picture devotees of the band not liking “Talent.” The song is just an absolute blast.
At a 2:11 running time, it’s a quick one, not unlike “Alec Eiffel,” or “Allison.” Between this one, and the lo-fi vibe of “Um Chagga Lagga,” the Pixies would seem to be getting their groove back for Head Carrier. It’s too early to say for sure, but the Pixies appear to have re-discovered their rock edge, and Head Carrier could prove to placate fans of the band who were let down by Indie Cindy.