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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankly speaking
Sometimes you have to go back to move forward. With a solo career in danger of stalling, a reunion with the Pixies has clearly lit a creative fire within the artist formerly known as Black Francis, and Cooking Vinyl are preparing to release the third Frank Black album in as many years.

Where last year's critically applauded Honeycomb album found Black working...
Published on 2 Jun 2006 by J. W. Bassett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Persevere
I wrote a review of this and said it was a bit disappointing. I want to take it back, it's really really good, just a very slow burner, and I should have known better. I'd like to up my rating to 4 stars but that doesn't seem to be allowed.
Published on 16 July 2006 by Smoke Up


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Persevere, 16 July 2006
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This review is from: Fast Man Raider Man (Audio CD)
I wrote a review of this and said it was a bit disappointing. I want to take it back, it's really really good, just a very slow burner, and I should have known better. I'd like to up my rating to 4 stars but that doesn't seem to be allowed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankly speaking, 2 Jun 2006
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J. W. Bassett (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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Sometimes you have to go back to move forward. With a solo career in danger of stalling, a reunion with the Pixies has clearly lit a creative fire within the artist formerly known as Black Francis, and Cooking Vinyl are preparing to release the third Frank Black album in as many years.

Where last year's critically applauded Honeycomb album found Black working with legendary Memphis session men, here he expands his list of collaborators to include The Band's Levon Helm, P.F. Sloan, Heartbreaker drummer Steve Ferrone, Marty Brown, Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson, Simon Kirke from Bad Company and Free, and the legendary Al Kooper. Musicians returning from Honeycomb include Booker T & The MGs' Steve Cropper, Reggie Young, Buddy Miller, Spooner Oldman and Chester Thompson.

Black's clearly relishing spending time in the studio with his heroes and, by his own admission, he was more relaxed during recording this time around: "On Honeycomb I was walking on eggshells," Black admits. "These guys are still legends, but now that we'd hung around a bit, I was more at ease".

Perhaps because of this, Black doesn't adhere to such a strict blueprint this time around. In fact, there was a degree of overlapping with the recording of this and his last album (no bad thing since Honeycomb formed a high watermark in Black's solo career), Highway To Lowdown, Sad Man's Song and Where The Wind Is Going were all originally recorded for Honeycomb but didn't quite fit into its laidback remit. Since Fast Man Raider Man lacks such a distinct tone, there was no problem including them this time around. In fact, they form three of the album's highlights.

Elsewhere, Wanderlust has Black doing Van Morrison better than Van Morrison, Fitzgerald and Elijah both hark back to the time when Black and the Pixies were turning rock music on its head, while My Terrible Ways is a true, tragic story of heroism in wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Fans of the screaming, shrieking Black Francis may be confounded as he moves further and further away from his Pixies heyday, but to attempt to curb a talent as endless as Black's would be a crying shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Black's journey into country continues, 8 Dec 2006
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Perservere with this album. This is not lazy, this is not taking it easy, this is a collection of strong country songs. As another reviewer said, this is moving on from 'Honeycomb' and it sounds as if he's starting to feel more at home with these musicians. It also sounds as if he's really enjoying himself. The quality is strong across both discs and I think it ably demonstrates Frank Black's songwriting mastery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Man Middle Aged Man, 12 Oct 2006
This review is from: Fast Man Raider Man (Audio CD)
I'v tried to like this album.After all it seems like really good value at first glance - 27 new tracks , nearly all originals on 2 discs in a great digipack sleeve.

Unfortunately quantity doesn't equal quality , and the downward turn that Frank's career took with his last album 'Honeycomb' is continued here.You can listen to the whole album but nothing sticks in your mind for long.Sure,the playing is technically exemplary but it smacks of seasoned session pro's just going through the motions for their paycheck.

I'm a big fan of the Pixies and some of Frank's earlier stuff.Teenager of the Year,Dog In the Sand,Black Letter Days, and Show Me your Tears are all superior to this.

Perhaps he just felt like taking it easy after the trials of the Pixies reunion tour.
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