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Evolution and catharsis,
By A Customer
This review is from: Honeycomb (Audio CD)
FB has short-circuited himself out of each of his creations after their (his) worse work. His solo stuff was becoming indulgent and he didn't have any to direct him. He met up with the Catholics and produced some fantastic music and (as usual) a small amount of dross. After his low point with the Catholics the 'therapeutic' Show me your Tears album presumably he realised it was going wrong. This was his out-pouring after his divorce.
Honeycomb has several high points with at least two weak tracks. It is interesting to hear the amount of homage in this album. Echoes of Leonard Cohen were strong although as a contributor to the I'm your Fan tribute compilation his admiration of Cohen is a matter of record.
This has soul and it is quirky. As usual the backgrounds of the songs are interesting. I can play this if we have dinner guests or eating with the family. It has broad appeal already within the house which cannot be said for his other solo work or the back catalogue of the pixies.
Why not 5 stars? Were I to put together a FB compilation there are no tracks from this album that would make it. Not as complete as Doolittle or Dog in the Sand. Not with the massive high points of Pistolero or Black Letter Days. That said a better album than most, within the top third of his work. Had anyone else made this album it would have been five stars.