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Reseña de álbum

Underneath their noise and weirdness, the Pixies had a thorough knowledge of rock history, spanning '50s and '60s' surf-rock, '70s punk's menacing energy and '80s college rock's quirkiness. After dismantling the band, Black Francis inverted his name, collaborated with Captain Beefheart / Pere Ubu sideman Eric Drew Feldman and let his inner rock historian loose on Frank Black. Much of the album nods to Black's inspirations, but his own gifts still shine through. The chugging Iggy Pop homage "Ten Percenter" borrows the Stooges' primitive grind, while the arty, dissonant UFO convention tale "Parry the Wind High, Low" recalls Bowie's Berlin era. However, "I Heard Ramona Sing" — a Ramones tribute — is an airy, jangly pop number that sounds nothing like its subject; the Beach Boys' "Hang On To Your Ego" gets a new wave makeover with crunchy guitars and shiny keyboards. Despite his efforts to escape the Pixies' sound, many of Frank Black's songs would have fit on Trompe Le Monde. "Los Angeles" builds on that album's spacy, metallic feel; with its thrashy choruses and dreamy coda, it almost caricatures the Pixies' extreme dynamics. However, whimsical vignettes like "Brackish Boy" and "Two Spaces" sound more like They Might Be Giants — one of Black's favorite groups — than his old band, while softer songs like "Adda Lee" and "Every Time I Go Around Here" reveal more emotional depth. Frank Black also boasts an unabashedly big, polished sound; keyboards and brass embellish "Places Named After Numbers" and the epic surf-rock instrumental "Tossed." Just a few years later, new wave-inspired punk-pop bands like Weezer, the Rentals and even No Doubt ruled alternative rock, proving that even if his solo career wasn't as influential as his Pixies years, Frank Black was still ahead of his time.

Reseñas de clientes

strange...

I could have sworn this album wasn't hear a weak ago... no matter, this album is great.

You need this record…and everything else this guy's ever done

You can't talk about Frank Black without talking about the Pixies…yet this album has nothing to do with the former. This album sounds nothing like them and everything like a guy who can write the hell out of a song! The melodies, the lyrics, the wit…he has everything in this album. I remember getting to see him perform (acoustic, mind you) a bunch of these songs when the album first came out and I can still remember sitting there in awe at what a talent he is. This album definitely takes me back to those days and I hope we get to hear a whole hell of a lot more from Frank Black.

This is one of the best

This is Frank Black's first solo album - and the best one at that. This is a really influential record - ask any of your rock idols - Frank Black influenced some of the best. I had the great privilege of finding this when it came out and I was 15. This music changed me for life. It made me more intelligent just listening. That's how good it is.

Biografía

Nacido/a: Boston, MA, 06 de abril de 1965

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Inverting his stage name from Black Francis to Frank Black, the former Pixies lead singer/songwriter embarked on a solo career after he broke up the band in early 1993; actually, he began recording his solo album before he told the band the news. Working with former Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman, Black occasionally heads into the ferocious post-punk guitar territory that marked such landmark albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, but more frequently he plays up his considerably underrated melodic...
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