Opening with a re-hash of Velvety (instrumental version) by the Pixies was a bit of an inspired move. Whilst the tracks on this album are fairly far removed from Pixies stylings, this nostalgic blast shows that Mr Thompson's spirit remains truly rocking. The addition of road music lyrics truly is a stamp of genius.
The rest of the album is an excellent mixture of rockers and slightly more inflective material, with 'Whisky in Your Shoes', 'Fields of Marigold' and 'Bartholomew' as highlights. The vocal delivery is assured, and the song-writing is hallmark Frank Black stuff, his rhythm playing driving the songs relentlessly. The Catholics are once again in fine form musically, and they ably support Frank Black with a heightened understanding which allows every nuance of the songs to be developed and fully realised.
This is an assuredly high quality piece of song-writing, and one which is definitely worth experiencing. It is a great deal more immediate than previous albums such as Cult of Ray or Teenager of the Year, and as a result this album may prove to be a useful in-road into the mind and body of work that makes up Frank Black. A thoroughly great album.