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4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced review of Dog in the Sand, 26 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Dog In The Sand (Audio CD)
This is the 10th album of Frank Black's (including his work in the Pixies) that i've listened to, so i'd say i have a fairly through knowledge of his work and would suggest that it's an LP that is probably the closest to his earlier albums since Frank Black became Frank Black and The Catholics. I certainly wouldn't go so far as to say it's his best solo album (that distinction probably belongs to his self-titled debut "Frank Black" or "Teenager of the year") but it is an album that exceeds the fairly evident limitations of The Catholics' style. The live to 2-track recording may be a part of the Catholics' centrally important raw and "realness" but it is also a limiting factor on the diversity of their records, and having been a big fan of the sonic detail and diversity of his highly-produced first two solo albums, i find the fact that they stick to this recording style a bit dissapointing. Nevertheless, Dog in the Sand by no means sounds under-produced or unprofessional and in fact, considering the Catholics' no-thrills policy, Nick Vincent and the Catholics have done a good job at spicing up the album - making it more of a Frank Black rock album, as opposed to the bar-room rock style that is usually more reflective of the Catholics' style . Highlights on the record include the opener "Blast off" which sounds - like the title suggests - other worldly, with an unexpected shift in gear to an anthemic riff and hook, that is reminiscent of "Los Angeles" from the album "Frank Black". "St Francis Dam Disaster" is a mournful lament, testament to the strengths the Catholics have that FB alone and with the Pixies never had: the ability to evoke images of great beauty and sadness. In Turn, the tracks "Robert Onion" "Stupid me" "Ill be blue" and "Dog in the sand" are highlights, and as seems to be the case with most Frank Black Lp's are tracks that rate next to the best of his work - not necessarily better or worse, but different, and all the better for it.
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