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LoudQuietLoud Review

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Documentary behind-the scenes of the 80s band touring and surviving.

★★★★★

No Pixies = No Grunge = No Nirvana. Although the influential ’80s indie rock band were around for only six years and four albums, their reunion in 2004 met with universal acclaim. This film isn’t a concert performance — you can get that elsewhere — but something much more intimate than the typical tour documentary.

Tension between the four band members is so evident, with bassist Kim Deal getting over rehab and drummer David Lovering heading for a breakdown, that their fragile professional relationship seems poised to fall apart at any moment. It’s a total-access backstage pass for fans, but perhaps doesn’t cast its net wide enough for newcomers.

Perhaps a little lacking in exposition for anyone other than hardcore fans.