LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies


LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

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Although it'll be primarily of interest to longtime fans, LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies also serves as a decent introduction to the band's music and enduring appeal.



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The band that inspired some of the most innovative rock acts of the new millennium reunites to conquer the globe 12 years after calling it quits, and filmmaker Steven Cantor is there to capture all the low-lights and highlights of their tentative reunion in a probing documentary exploring the re-birth of Gen-X alternative giants the Pixies. Plagued by personal problems from the beginning but driven to create such classic albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering smashed convention to deliver a wailing wall of chaotic but catchy riffs that, when combined with Black's disjointed lyrics and volatile vocals, gave birth to an entirely new sound. Initially self-destructing in 1993 and fragmenting into a variety of compelling offshoots, the Pixies weathered out the remainder of the decade and the first years of the new millennial crossover on their own before a series of jam sessions between the former bandmates led to a wildly successful 2004 North American tour.

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Critic Reviews for LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

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  • Filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin catch distressing and poignant moments on the tour that, if written into a fiction film, would seem too scripted to be true.

    Nov 2, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The 85-minute documentary takes a torpid, fly-on-the-wall approach, providing little context, few insights, and not enough music.

    Oct 20, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Watching the movie is not as much fun as listening to the old records.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For fans of the seminal alt-rock quartet, the Pixies' reunion was momentous, but in the solid behind-the-scenes documentary loudQuietloud, the band comes across as considerably more muted in its enthusiasm.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: B

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, this backstage pass to their 2004 reunion tour achieves the opposite.

    Sep 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a nice Cinderella story, but here's the problem: It doesn't exactly crackle with drama.

    Sep 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

  • Apr 17, 2008
    A documentary about the legendary alternative rock band?s 2004 reunion tour. There are some really good musical performances here, but the real focus is on what?s going on backstage as the band tries to get their act together and get through this tour. Reunion situations don?t always get covered, which makes this fairly unique. I did get the feeling that some of the drama was manufactured in the editing room, but this is still pretty interesting. The production is not the best, but it?s never bad, although it makes sence that this went straight to video. It?s no Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and there?s not too much to appeal to non-fans, but it is still an interesting look at the band circa 2004.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2008
    Absolutely fantastic!! A favorite.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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