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Editors’ Notes

It’s not easy keeping track of the post-Pixies output by the prolific Black Francis (a.k.a. Frank Black) but it sure is fun. Though the material on Abbabubba has never been formally released a few of the tracks have been available before on Francis’ official website. Still, it’s great to have all of this in one handy compilation. Some of the tracks are demos of songs included on other albums (“Rabbits,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Get Away Oil”) and some are mature, fully realized tunes that somehow never found a proper home despite their quality (“Serious Curious,” “Polly’s Into Me,” the title track). There are even three separate and distinct remixes of “The Seus” by Infadels, Charles Normal, and Bloc Party. The bulk of this collection is made up of stripped-down song sketches in which the focus is clearly on Francis’ hooks, jagged guitar riffs, and quirky vocals with “Il Cuchaiao,” “Alabaster,” and “The Water” definite highlights. Abbabubba is a must for Black Francis fans.

Customer Reviews

Prolific, Consistent and Under-appreciated

It's too bad that more people don't know that Frank-Black-Francis puts out a metric ton of consistently great music on a yearly basis. Like everything else, this has a bunch of keepers. Download and enjoy!

Further from Pixies, Further from good

I am a huge Frank Black fan. And the Pixies are my all time favorite band. But ever since 2001 the songs have gotten worse and worse. They all sound the same and are not good. Sorry to say it did not take long to know that this is yet another release that I will not be buying. I wish it were the opposite, I really do.

Frank please be the innovator you once were again. Find chemistry like you had with your former band mates even though you did not get along with them. And ditch the whiney country twangy stuff. It all sounds all the same, and is going in the wrong direction.

Or just keep touring with the Pixies please. Your show in Irvine CA was the best thing I have ever seen. Better than the 4d recordings even. I was in awe seeing my favorite band back together and in my backyard. I know there are many who feel the same way.

I will always be a fan, but want something that I am excited about again.

Abbabubba, Black Francis
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Mar 15, 2011

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