Frank Black Francis ‎– Frank Black Francis

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
COOKCD 291 Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD) Cooking Vinyl COOKCD 291 UK 2004 Sell This Version
SPART 149 Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD) spinART Records SPART 149 US 2004 Sell This Version
SUNCD102-2 Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD) Sonic Unyon SUNCD102-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
COOKCD 291 PROMO Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Cooking Vinyl COOKCD 291 PROMO Europe 2004 Sell This Version
spart 149 Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD, Promo) spinART Records spart 149 US 2004 Sell This Version
COOKCD291CDR Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCDr, Comp, Promo) Cooking Vinyl COOKCD291CDR Europe 2004 Sell This Version
TECI-26267-8 Frank Black Francis Frank Black Francis(2xCD) Imperial Records (13), Cooking Vinyl TECI-26267-8 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

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deejsasqui

deejsasqui

May 17, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Frank Black Francis, 2xCD, COOKCD 291

This is a very keen set, contrasting the lone Black Francis and his guitar with Frank Black and weird production. The demo CD features The Pixies known tracks in singer/songwriter format, with Black Francis alone on guitar, in an echoing room. I can imagine him in an empty café, playing for a lone patron who isn't really paying attention. He even includes some instructions for how the song should sound ("there's supposed to be screaming," and later "this ... the hard part, get drums, you get the point. It's nice." on Caribou).

The second CD is a weird contrast, where the tracks sound more like The Pixies of the future, where they've found themselves with a budget to thoroughly produce their songs. Instruments drift in and out, vocals are tweaked and layered, creating a galaxy of sound. The live equivalent of this would be found in more of a grandiose arena or even theatrical setting. Sometimes, I'm reminded a bit of The Flaming Lips - not as experimental, but more attention paid to the possibilities of technology. There are effects a-plenty, but aren't abused - they fit well with the. For instance, "Where Is My Mind?" has a moment of evoking a scene of drifting about, underwater with that talkative little fish.

If you think the past Pixies albums were the pinnacle of their form, there is no need to get this. But if you can accept the idea of revisiting the old songs as something more than a ploy to pluck your pocket for the songs you thought you knew, check this out. I like the second album more, but then I favor technological trickery (especially when it's used this well), but both CDs are strong in their own right.