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|2. This Old Heartache|
|3. Massif Centrale|
|4. Goodbye Lorraine|
|5. My Favorite Kiss|
|6. Horrible Day|
|7. New House Of The Pope|
|8. The Snake|
|11. When Will Happiness Find Me Again?|
|12. Everything Is New|
|13. Jaina Blues|
And that leads me to this album. I think that it has the widest variety and most complex songwriting of all the Catholics albums. It is genuinely moving and the lyrics have much more personal edge to them. I think there are some truly excellent songs on the album and some genuinely catchy ones (perhaps what was missing from Devil's Workshop).
However this is not The Pixies. It isn't Frank Black solo artist. The name on the box is very clear: Frank Black and the Catholics. They are a seperate band. They are not trying to reproduce Pixies music or Teenager of the Year. They are trying to make new and relevant music. They succeed on every level.
It seems to me in both the live show and in general, people see the name Frank Black and their brain shuts down mumbling something about how they love Doolittle. Doolittle etc were the products of another band 15 years ago. Get over it!
So I reccomend this to people who are fans of Frank Black and the Catholics and say to those who want a Frank Black album then try Teenager of the Year or his self titled solo album. If you are after The Pixies then they have an extensively available back catalogue.
I say roll on 2004 and another Catholics album and hopefully another UK tour.
There are a lot of songs on this album however, that also remind me of his earlier album "Dog in the Sand". He has the country/steel guitar sound still going on, but with his excellent voice it works well. I never fail to be impressed by the melodity of his voice, and songs on this album showcase it well, especially "Goodbye Lorraine" and "My Favourite Kiss".
This isn't an album for people looking for Pixies songs, however, it is full of soulful, melodic songs that are written by a great man.
The album is definitely worth buying. I’m not familiar with any of his other solo stuff, but I really enjoyed this album. It features a pedal steel guitar player and has something of a country theme to it. There are a few moments when it leans towards Bossanova era Pixies, but for most of the time it is less surreal yet darker. Mr Black is clearly not a happy man at the moment; bad news for him, but good news for us because the angst is producing some great music. At certain points on the album I was reminded of Lou Reed, and at others of Leonard Cohen. Probably not a good album to buy if all you like is the pixies, but FB and the C’s still rock.
The lyrics are quite simplistic, and at first I felt they were too much so, but after more listens I found this album really grew on me. I read an interview with FB where he was banging on about various musical heroes of his (I forget who) and how they managed to sing very simple almost clichéd lines, but make them sound really cool, and I think this is what he was aiming at a lot of the time on the album. The general theme is that he is depressed because his girlfriend has left him etc.
The band are great, and the fact that the album was recorded straight to two track, essentially live, is a real plus in my opinion. Best tracks are : When will happiness find me again? Maintoba, This old heartache, my favorite kiss and new house of the Pope.