I'd like to correct a few misconceptions about this album. Firstly, Joey Santiago has been on quite a few Frank Black albums prior to this one. It's not his return to the fold. He was on Teenager of the Year, for one. Secondly, as with all his other appearances, his impact on the overall sound of the album, as with Teenager, is negligible. Moris Tepper, Lyle Workman and Dave Phillips are Frank's main guitarists, and Dog in the Sand is no exception. Santiago mostly provides backing guitar here, and I don't think he plays any lead at all. He's hardly audible.
But that doesn't matter. This is an excellent album, marking the point when the Catholics really got good. Once they'd ditched the attempts to replicate punky Pixies-style rock on two-track (it didn't work, and smothered some excellent material, particularly on the eponymous debut) they showed just how awesome they really were. On the opening track and tracks like St. Francis Dam disaster, they embrace retro, country rock styles, and The Rolling Stones are one of the album's primary influences. Where before they had sounded arid and dry, the live to two track approach really works, and the songs sound fresh, immediate and accessible. Get this album - I guarantee satisfaction. And forget about Santiago - this is about Frank Black and the Catholics.