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Dog in the Sand

Frank BlackAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B0000560GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blast Off
2. I've Seen Your Picture
3. St. Francis Dam Disaster
4. Robert Onion
5. Stupid Me
6. Bullet
7. The Swimmer
8. Hermaphroditos
9. I'll Be Blue
10. Llano Del Rio
11. If It Takes All Night
12. Dog In The Sand

Editorial Reviews

In theory, there was no reason why Frank Black, a.k.a. Black Francis, shouldn't have carried on making great records after he left the Pixies; after all, he wrote and sang almost all the songs. However, all truly great bands are more than the sum of their parts, and Black's solo career has served largely as a resounding confirmation of this truth. He has had his moments, but has never come close to the towering heights he scaled with his old band. Perhaps by way of grudgingly acknowledging this, Dog in the Sand finds Black re-enlisting Pixies' guitarist Joey Santiago. Santiago, a dazzlingly inventive and versatile player, has been bewilderingly quiet since leaving the Pixies, and seems keen to make up for it here, deploying his formidable range. His contribution to what is certainly Black's best solo album is crucial, from the frenetic power chords of "If It Takes All Night" to the subtle picking of "Robert Onion" to the exuberant solo of "Bullet." Now, if Black can only persuade Kim Deal and David Lowering to come out of retirement as well, he might really be onto something. --Andrew Mueller

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black in the Sand April 14, 2003
By High Y
Format:Audio CD
First, about this album, DOG IN THE SAND:
After nothing short of worshiping FB's first 3 solo albums, I was kind of disappointed by the first 2 offerings from FB & the Catholics. The production was lower, the performances were done live but sloppily at times, the lack of instruments made the arrangements emptier, and while some of the songs were FB-signature compositional gems, a good bit of it seemed musically and lyrically uninspired (for Frank, I mean... not saying it still didn't blow away 99% of the mindless [stuff] out there). Well, this was the album that got me back into Mr. Black with both feet. This album is sort of laid back and definitely a bit country-western in its instrumentation (lots of acoustic guitar, plus slide, pedal steel, piano, and even banjo), but Frank just seemed to be oozing with unique musical and lyrical ideas again. Still recorded live to 2-track, but way more instruments, much better performances, and perhaps some of Frank's most crisp and dead-on singing to date. Not a dud song in the bunch really, and that is quite an improvement from Pistolero and the Catholics 1st album.
Second, about this version, the one with bonus tracks:
Why this version is always cheaper than the original album, I have no idea. It is identical to the original album-- same CD, same cover art, same track listing-- EXCEPT, you get 4 acoustic demos at the end (not listed on the back cover). You get to hear "Stupid Me," "If It Takes All Night," "Robert Onion," and "Blast Off" demos, and they aren't just [crummy] sound quality dud tracks. It's like a Frank Black solo unplugged session to close out the already awesome album for you, and it's terrific. Especially "Stupid Me" and "Robert Onion"-- his voice sounds as cool if not cooler on the demo versions compared to the regular versions. To sum up, you should get this album, and there is no excuse for not getting this enhanced version of it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Andrew Mueller, February 7, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Try reading the liner notes before you write a review. That way, you won't credit Santiago for playing on tracks that he didn't. You'll also see that he only played on three songs. Joey's a fine player, but not as important as you seem to think. That's Dave Phillips playing "the frenetic power chords" on "If It Takes All Night" and Rich Gilbert with the "exuberant" solo on "Bullet". As for the "subtle picking" on "Robert Onion", that's Frank on accoustic and Dave Phillips on lead. Rich and Joey are playing the power chords.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black is back January 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Frank Black was a member of the Pixies. The Pixies were a great little group with a relatively simple sound. All of a sudden, in 1993, Black split the group up and began his solo career. My guess is that he was fed up with the simplicity of the Pixies' music, plus there were some personal complications with the rest of the band. He released two magnificent albums, Frank Black and Teenager of the Year. The latter was an especially extraordinary piece of work, with 22 highly original and brilliant songs. However, the critics didn't get it and TOTY didn't sell very well. So, after making The Cult of Ray in 1995, he decided to form a pure rock'n'roll band and record live to 2 track. Frank Black and the Catholics' first, self-titled album, was a rather half-baked effort. However, Pistolero (1999) was a step in the right direction. Now, on the 29th day of January 2001, Frank Black has finally returned with a masterpiece comparable to TOTY and FB. Dog in the Sand is a brilliant album, packed with weirdness and imagination. Eric Drew Feldman returns with his keyboard magic and the overall sound is more produced, although they still record live to 2 track. A must-have for all adversaries of Westlife.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ROCK n RULE..... March 27, 2001
By tiny
Format:Audio CD
this album is sooooooo good. go get it. as far as the secret to the album's success being the inclusion of joey santiago on 3 tracks....??!?!!! come on! the amazon reviewer here is kind of mixed up, methinks. probably the same one who wrote the review of the movie "Harvey" (!)...
in the words of frank, "I think you--had no clue..."
[if anyhting, the secret could be the extra efforts of eric drew feldman from the one and only magic band of yester-year... that and whoever's playing slide!!!!!]
anyhoo, frank is just criminally under-rated. go see him when he hits yr town, man...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ignore the editorial review above February 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Another fine album by Mr. Black and his Catholics. Casting aside talk of Mr. Black's musical history, this album is a fine fine achievement on its own (the framework by which any work of "art" must be considered, blah blah). The keyboards are back, though in a purer state than the Casio boops and beeps of Teenager. Organ, electric piano, and conventional piano are throughout. Also, there seems to be a subtle country (western?) influence here, though if you are not looking for it, it will pass by undetected. Prior reviews mention Dylan and the Stones. Throw in the Blues.
Minor, moody chords, quirky inventive progressions, make this intelligent rock with some truly great lyrics.
If you do not like this album at first, listen again. If you still do not like it, listen again. Repeat until you love it. It won't take long.
Truly, thanks once again to Frank Black and the Catholics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If it takes all night...
Last week I saw Frank Black and his band play at a club downtown. By this point in his career, the man has a huge catalog of great songs stretching back to the 80s. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by P. Opus
4.0 out of 5 stars Crank it and enjoy
Now a month after I belatedly picked up a copy of "Dog in the Sand," I would recommend this CD to anyway who enjoys rock and roll without taking it way too seriously---and who can... Read more
Published on October 13, 2005 by loce_the_wizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock with a brain
Many other reviewers have said it, but I will too since the analogy is good: throw the Stones into a blender with some steel guitar.. Read more
Published on April 18, 2005 by Greg Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Album !
"If it Takes All Night" and "Hermaphroditos" are two classic examples of why this album clearly establishes Frank Black as one of the greatest America music icons of all-time! Read more
Published on February 2, 2005 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Record
as a long time pixies and frank black fan i this is my favorite frank black album with the catholics (the only one i have not heard yet is "show me your tears"). Read more
Published on March 2, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better recent FB LPs
Yes, the Pixies are gone, but Frank still rocks hard. I've spent the last few months catching up on all his releases since his 3rd LP, and this one is one of the better albums. Read more
Published on December 31, 2003 by E. Bartoszak
4.0 out of 5 stars check out the pixies
A friend had me listen to "Bullet" and I was hooked. I had never heard FB or the pixies and I immediately got a hold of "Dog" as well as "teenager of the year, "devil's workshop,"... Read more
Published on August 20, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Doolittle meets Sticky Fingers
I bought this CD two years ago and haven't stopped listening to it since. Virtually every track is a rock 'n' roll gem, though the best may be "Hermaphroditos," a song... Read more
Published on July 11, 2003 by bscepter
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Frank Black CD
I love the way Frank Black's music has evolved over the years. From the almost angry loud music of the Pixies era, to this more subdued sound on this album. Read more
Published on January 19, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone care to tell the ....... who wrote the review that...
Anyone care to tell the ....... who wrote the Editorial Review that Kim Deal is in a band called Breeder? Read more
Published on September 15, 2002
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