CD Frank Black [Frank Black (Rock)] [652637300420] (CD 6248689), Audio Other
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Frank Black [Frank Black (Rock)] [652637300420]

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Frank Black (vocals, guitar); Joey Santiago, Moris Tepper, David Sardy (guitar); John Linnell, Kurt Hoffman (saxophone); Eric Drew Feldman (bass, keyboards, synthesizer); Nick Vincent (drums, percussion); Bob Giusti (drums).
    Recorded at The Clubhouse, Burbank, California.
    All songs written by Frank Black except "Hang On To Your Ego" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher).
    Frank Black was known as Black Francis when he was lead singer of the Pixies.
    Shortly after disbanding the Pixies in 1993, Frank Black (previously known as Black Francis and born Charles Thompson) unveiled his self-titled solo debut. Fans of his former band could take comfort from the presence of Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and latter-day auxiliary keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman, but FRANK BLACK makes it clear that the singer/guitarist was eager to move beyond his fierce signature sound, as revealed by the chiming melodies of "I Heard Ramona Sing" and a synthesizer-driven, New Wave-inspired take on the Beach Boys' "Hang On to Your Ego." That's not to say that Black had forgotten how to rock out; the surging opening single, "Los Angeles," and the lurching "Ten Percenter" are fast-paced, guitar-heavy tunes that nicely counterbalance the record's lighter moments, such as the dreamy "Places Named After Numbers" and the woozy "Every Time I Go Around Here." While not a radical departure from Pixies territory, FRANK BLACK finds the alt-rock hero venturing beyond familiar territory on this eclectic, assured solo debut.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/1/93, p.54) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...FRANK BLACK doesn't sound like a Pixies album, which is to Black's credit....musically whimsical and varied..."
    Spin (4/93, p.90) - Highly Recommended - "...Black is no one-trick pony, and the 15 jumpy cuts on the album prove it....Black Francis has become history. He's been replaced by the less quirky but more versatile Frank Black..."
    Q (1/94, p.85) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a 15-song piledriver..."
    Q (4/93, p.78) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Pixies were always Black's baby and his first solo outing has that outfit's quirky pop charm, a richer supply of melodies and musical asides with a slight lack of the muscle acquired by a road band....a strong debut..."
    Option (5-6/93, p.91) - "...Frank Black puts himself in pretty rareified company by making his first [FRANK BLACK] this good....Black is an acquired taste as pop singers go, but like hot sauce, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it..."
    Musician (4/93, p.88) - "...the best songs are mesmerizingly tuneful..."
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