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This album is from top to bottom a great collection of synth pop bliss, with Black's gravelly voice and searing guitar accentuating the electronics so nicely it will blow you away.
It might very well be his most listenable album ever. Don't know where Violet Clark came from but her marriage to Frank brought out the best in him.
Let's just hope this continues...
It is a remarkable departure yet it works superbly owing in large part to Ms. Clark's agile vocals, at times sensual, at times girlishly vulnerable, and her expressive, never excessive hand on the synthesizer. Violet Cark is a beguiling new talent and one can only hope that she and her iconic husband will revisit the musical terrain they have cultivated so fruitfully in this collection.
The 80's expired in a mire of pretention and baroque excess but Grand Duchy's use of certain 80's tropes has produced a collection of intensely imaginative yet visceral songs that will satisfy fans who want to rock as well as those who would rather sit back, listen and let their imaginations soar.
Grand Duchy "Petits Fours" is an amazing 9-song album! Black Francis and Violet Clark are brilliant together with songs that are both inspired and fresh yet take me back to early Pixies and Frank Black solo records. My favorite tracks are "Come On Over to My House", "Fort Wayne", "Seeing Stars" and "Break the Angels", which split the lead vocal duties between Francis and Clark. The album also features some cool guitar work and tones by Francis with some killer keyboard/synth parts by Clark.
I have been reborn as a Black Francis fan and can't recommend this album enough!
The album starts with Come over to my house and from this you might be lulled into expecting Frank Black to be in charge. He's in fine form, and as usual I love the lyrics. "Come on over to my house / I'll make you buckets of tea". He may be ironic in his songs, but he's always sincere and never pathetic. Violet Clark takes over next, continuing the theme and celebrating love in Lovesick: "Don't stop for breathing / leave it when you're older / Listen to that devil on your shoulder / Don't stop for reasons / be a little bolder / Everybody's got their lovesick seasons."
Fort Wayne is apparently the oldest song on the set list. Pleasant, but not really remarkable in my opinion. It did however rightly raise expectations for the forthcoming album when it was played in concerts.
Their age obviously works for Frank Black and Violet Clark. They're veterans of rock and of love and don't mind showing it on this record.Read more ›
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I don't have enough time to give this album a proper review.
I will say this though, I loved this album so much that I played it with my newborn daughter almost every... Read more
Frank Black clearly needs someone to collaborate with and this is the best work he's done after the split (for whatever reasons) with The Catholics. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Lars Teglbjaerg
He is obviously spent artistically. This is yet another bad record. The last half decent record Frank Made made was "Honeycomb" and even that was just so-so. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Chris L. Monroe