Fast Man Raider Man
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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After the Catholics disbanded, Frank Black went to Nashville where he produced the critically admired "Honeycomb" using mostly Nashville session men. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by M. B. Dill
It's no wonder he looks like he's hiding on the cover. I've stuck w/ Frank throughout his entire post-Pixies career, suffering the occasional growing pains and relishing in his... Read morePublished on July 28, 2007 by godskidbrother
Carries on in a vein similar to Honeycomb, but expanded into a 2-CD set. If you haven't heard Honeycomb, it's hard to know exactly how to describe this. Read morePublished on May 3, 2007 by MPB
Frank returns to the wonderful world of Honeycomb with some of the best musicians to ever lay tracks to wax, and the result is arguably even better. Read morePublished on January 5, 2007 by Willy
Like many of Frank Black Francis' compositions, I was lukewarm on this album at first, particularly since I thought the double album was gratuitous, even for this incredibly... Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Stephen Mahler
I've been heavily into the Pixies since "Surfer Rosa", and have been repeatedly challenged by Frank Black's solo work, which always exceeds my expectations. Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by boa2
frank has done it again... more great songwriting, more great music from him.. the latter part of the second disc i have heard from an earlier source,but the rest was fresh and... Read morePublished on October 7, 2006 by Jeffrey H. Phillips
Don't try to compare it with what's come before; and give it time to persuade your hidden, inner music critic - you know, the little flamboyant man in your subconscious with better... Read morePublished on October 4, 2006 by Steven W. Cooper
I am a bit obsessive about Frank Black [ever since his Larry Norman cover version] but honest about the vairable quality of some of his efforts. Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by M. Crilly