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Fast Man Raider Man

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Product Description

Fast Man Raider Man sees Frank Black teaming up with producer Jon Tiven, and all of the tracks were recorded over a two-year period at studios in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Recorded in the same casual manner as 2005's Honeycomb, in various hit-and-run sessions with superstar session musicians during gaps in the Pixies' unending reunion tour, Fast Man Raider Man abides by the this-will-do aesthetic that has been a hallmark of Frank Black's solo career. With songs seemingly made up on the spot, the singer delivers a thoroughly mellow 27-track double album that is largely free of the inscrutability and insanity of his most famous work. Instead, it is homey pedal steel guitars, sleepy saxophone solos, rootsy barroom rockers like "Down To You," a heart-on-sleeve R&B ballad or two such as "Sad Old World," and a wobbly cover of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town." His strangest offering yet? --Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. If Your Poison Get You
  2. Johnny Barleycorn
  3. Fast Man
  4. You Can't Crucify Yourself
  5. Dirty Old Town
  6. Wanderlust
  7. Seven Days
  8. Raider Man
  9. The End Of The Summer
  10. Dog Sleep
  11. When The Paint Grows Darker Still
  12. I'm Not Dead (I'm In Pittsburgh)
  13. Golden Shore

Disc: 2

  1. In The Time Of My Ruin
  2. Down To You
  3. Highway To Lowdown
  4. Kiss My Ring
  5. My Terrible Ways
  6. Fitzgerald
  7. Elijah
  8. It's Just Not Your Moment
  9. The Real El Rey
  10. Where The Wind Is Going
  11. Holland Town
  12. Sad Old World
  13. Don't Cry That Way
  14. Fare Thee Well

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Back Porch
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Smoke Up on July 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As someone else here said, the best dozen tracks on here would have made a brilliant album, but there's such a sameness about the rest that finding them is quite an effort, and if you're a long time fan it's hard not to feel just a bit disillusioned.

As on Honeycomb, a couple of these songs stand somewhere near his best stuff - Elijah is brilliant and passionate, In the Time of my Ruin is perky and pretty rocking - and if there were more like this I could probably learn to accept that the Frank Black who made Solid Gold, All My Ghosts, and Czar is gone, that he'll never make another record as exciting and consistent as Teenager of the Year. The more world-weary Frank of Selkie Bride, I Burn Today, This Old Heartache and Seven Days is still a brilliant and unique artist.

But too often on Fastman Raiderman I'm having to give Frank's songs and his vocals the benefit of the doubt. You have to listen so hard for that edge, the humour, the personality that's always made his records stand apart. For me, over two CDs, this is just too colourless, and though it KILLS me to say it, if I didn't love so much of his earlier output I'm not sure if I'd listen to much of this twice.

You still need to buy this record, but keep TOTY handy for some light relief when it all gets too much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J Hart on July 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Pixies were Frank Black's FIRST EVER BAND. So that's amazing. Started about 20 years ago. Then about 5 years after forming that band, it had reached it's peak, and so Mr Thompson and indeed the rest of the Pixies moved on - Joey onto the Martinis, Kim onto The Breeders and David into a series of interesting science projects, and Frank Black onto a truly excellent solo career, that has produced very very many of my favourate ever songs (Southbound Bevy).

This latest album Fast Man Raider Man is in my opinion an absolute masterpiece, can't remember enjoying a first listen of an album quite so much, or a second listen which was probably even better, and is especially enjoyed without the judgemental and comparatitive tendencies that many people have interferring with their enjoyment of art. Just stick it on, listen to it and accept it for what it is - it's not the Pixies, it's not Black Letter Days, it's Fast man Raider Man, and it's bloody brilliant!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Outside Looking In on July 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
While others pine away for the Pixies, I really miss the Catholics (the four-piece lineup of McCaffrey on bass, Boutier on drums, Workman (later Gilbert) on lead and Black. The first Catholics album is one of my favorite rock records ever and I was fortunate enough to have seen Frank Black and the Catholics a number of times from 1998 - 2001 (including the best show that I have ever seen - July, 1999 at the Lucky Dog in Worcester, Mass.). There is nothing on "Fast Man, Raider Man" that even begins to approach "Solid Gold" or "I Gotta Move" from the first Catholics disc. I really do not mind that Black has moved on to different styles of music. I just cannot rectify that this is the same songwriter that penned the earlier songs and performs in such a bland fashion. Even when Black was off (as on a few cuts of "Pistolero") he was still an innovative rocker. The leftover cuts that fill "Oddballs" are all more interesting than the `roots-Americana' sounds that Black seems to have adopted at present. There is an awful lot of music like this out there right now, and Black's take on it is not all that unique. Unfortunately, Black has been heading in this direction since the turn of the century. "Dog in the Sand" is certainly superior to "Fast Man, Raider Man," but this was the beginning of the current slide. "Devil's Workshop," "Black Letter Days," and "Show Me Your Tears" are all but forgotten already. I was thrilled to see the reunited Pixies twice on their recent tour and am very happy for them, but Black should be aiming higher than a tired version of Kris Kristofferson mixed with Bobby Bare.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ATeacherFromFlorida on June 24, 2006
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I anticipated that reviews about this record would largely belong to two camps: one, from eager fans so ardent in their affection toward Frank that they might not be trusted to distinguish good from bad; two, from younger or less biased folk who yearn for a taste of the Frank Black of yore and who are disappointed when confronted with such tepid, slow-moving fare.

I see mention of "hot horns" and "hot licks" below, and I had to laugh. Come on. How many records---new and old---have you heard? No offense, but most of this is cold, by-the-numbers session work, pure and simple. Yes, there are some bonafide legends on this record, legends much deserving of our praise, but here they're playing like relics. Nothing wrong with treading familiar territory, and paying homage to the various older genres of pop rock, but do so for a reason. Infuse the old with the new, and give it your idiosyncratic stamp. This is not so much homage as it is imitation, aping through a bunch of saddle-worn ditties, karaoke-style.

FB was my favorite songwriter---still might be---but I find myself less excited by his work of late, and almost near giving up. I listened to this one out of idle curiosity, but not with the unbridled enthusiasm that I used to have, say, around the Dog in the Sand era. After that, it's been a slow decline. Maybe it's the prolificacy. I love it that FB is such a "fast man" in the studio---his discography, I imagine, will end up as labrythine as the Fall's, given another decade or two of work---but this will end up a lukewarm curio in his career. I realize Frank has grown, has moved beyond the barbaric screams and the brutal, fractured guitars. Nothing wrong with that. But that doesn't mean he still can't be Frank. I hardly recognize who this is sometimes.
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