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Pistolero [Original recording reissued]

Frank Black, FrankblackfrancisAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B00005NC4C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Harmony
2. I Switched You
3. Western Star
4. Tiny Heart
5. You're Such a Wire
6. I Love Your Brain
7. Smoke Up
8. Billy Radcliffe
9. So Hard to Make Things Out
10. 85 Weeks
11. I Think I'm Starting to Lose It
12. I Want Rock & Roll
13. Skeleton Man
14. So. Bay

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dancing To The New Bolero May 13, 2000
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It took Frank Black almost a decade before he realized there's only so many songs you can write about space. That doesn't mean I know what he's going on about in "Skelton Man", but it is nice to see him moving in a different direction. Pistolero is astounding, easily his best album since The Pixies split. In fact, it's better probably than the last two Pixies albums, so what we're talking about is Frank's best album since 1989's Doolittle. The band is tight, the songs just swagger and Frank's voice is better than I ever remember it sounding. Does anyone else hear a touch of Van Morrison in his voice--Especially in "Western Star"? And when he screeches "I Think I'm Starting To Looooose It", by god, you believe him. Absolutely inspired work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there is a reason to listen to music... September 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I think it is unique to find an artist that has real weight in his ideas (at least in the mainstream market) but FB truly does.I can't seem to find many musicians who I trust and have belief in, who seem to put words together that allow you to travel through alternative demensions, but this person does. If you've ever read good literature or look at good painting you know what I'm talking about. That's one level to his music, the other is the music which for some weird reason, I can't seem to tire of. It just goes right where you want sound to go, up the spine and out the brain. Can somebody put this man in a bottle and make sure he doesn't leave. If you want to hear other stuff that takes you there try: Snakefinger, Captain Beefheart, Television. Bye
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This isn't the best of Frank Black but it is up there among them. Frank's art for 1999 is a collaboration of hard, raw rock music and those always clever lyrics. It is now even harder to understand his complex avant-garde poetry, but that's part of the fun. The music is razor-sharp and his vocals are wonderfully destroyed. (Not completely though. Check out the high, surf rock tone that he takes for the ending of "So.Bay".) So, in synopse, this is a good addition to the Black collection. (Word to the confused. Frank Black comes from an alternate dimension where he is an alien rock star. He used to do duets with Ziggy Stardust.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Long Pixies... November 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Along with Dog in the Sand and the self-titled first Catholics album, Frank Black has finally locked into his "new" sound. With Pistolero (the best of the three), the big man has shed the ghost of Kim Deal et al and established himself as a great modern rock songwriter. The Catholics not only add consistency to newer Black offerings, they are an incredibly tight band who can manage anything Sir Francis throws at them. The album's standout track, "I Switched You", should put to rest any worries that there isn't life after the Pixies, and will long be remembered as a classic standout during Black's no-nonsense, intense live shows. All of Frank's trademark pop-surf-thrash offerings are here, void of any rules and with enough key and tempo changes to keep everyone happy. Best of all, the Catholics keep up...and keep Black on course...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pistolero, me gusta! April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There must be a rare gene that causes me to love Frank Black as much as I do. That might explain why more people don't. Sure, people will fall all over each other to talk about how great the Pixies were, but Frank Black's solo efforts don't receive the same attention. He's lost his edge, he's mellowed, there's no Kim Deal, or some such.
I usually find something to be fascinated by in almost every song, whether it be a seething lick, catchy riff, acoustic flourish, tight lyric or alienized harmonies. Often all of these elements are present in the same song, which could be what makes Frank Black an aquired taste.
Pistolero delivers all of these elements with a straight-to-two-track urgency. Absent of the slick production found on earlier solo albums, Pistolero sits at a lower register and pounds out a consistent blast of rawk, replete with unexpected chord changes, melancholic discourse and frequent sonic eruptions of the kind that should send all those pretty tatooed boys back to the garage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Shoot Me April 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Frank & the Catholics newest straight-to-two-track CD is a treasure. Much catchier and rockin' than their last release, "Pistolero" could actually have some hits on it if someone dared play it on the radio. If you thought Frank slumped with "Cult of Ray" and "Frank Black & The Catholics" didn't quite win you back, try this one. The songwriting is definitely better, and vocally the old Black Francis occasionally rears his head. Stand-out tracks include Bad Harmony, Tiny Heart, Smoke Up and Skeleton Man.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank-tastic! October 23, 2001
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I have always (well, mostly) lived my life as a lover of rock/roll by one basic principle: if a band is good, the solo careers of its various constituents will, not to put too fine a point on it, smell more or less exactly like poo. It's the difference between the Beatles and, uh, well, Wings. There used to be but one exception to this rule (the great and powerful Ozzy, natch), but there's another now, and his name is Frank Black.
See, Frank Black used to be known by the reverse epononym of Black Francis (actually, I hear his real name is Chuck, but whatever), and under this nom de guerre led the Pixies, who pretty much started the entire "alt" tidal wave o' effluent, but don't hold that against them. Anywho, Mr. Black started his solo career as exactly that with (hey) "Frank Black" (the album), a pretty much one man show. He imported some guest stars for "Teenager Of The Year" and "The Cult Of Ray", but then (I guess) decided to work with an honest-to-gosh band, which he dubbed The Catholics.
Which brings us to "Pistolero", 14 tracks of what (before college radio), used to be called "rock". And no, there's nothing ironic intended by that phrase; what Frank Black has done is to bring to the XXI century a tasty combo of riffs that are as catchy as Mexican barbed wire, layered with the man's usual astronaut-on-methedrine lyrical concerns. In other words, it kicks out the jams, all righty, but it also goes far beyond "dust in wind/be my big lovin' mamma" blah blah.
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The first time I listened to this album I instantly became enthralled by Rich Gilbert's diverse and entertaining rock riffs, engaging solos, and incredible stylistic diversity. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars To hell with the Pixies
I enjoyed the Pixies but I was never a true fan of Thompson's music until the first solo album came out. Musically it seems He may have been limited to what he could do. Read more
Published on November 27, 2007 by J. Sowder
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid rocker
Rambunctious, frolicking numbers that rock hard.
A socking, gyrating, pulverizing delivery to your brain cells that gets your feet tapping endlessly. Read more
Published on December 16, 2002 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars He's not the Pixies front man anymore
When I first heard this album I was blown away! I am a huge pixies fan, but the only album I've really listened to of his solo stuff is "Cult of Ray" (an experience in... Read more
Published on March 9, 2001 by Alexander Yakovleff
5.0 out of 5 stars Two shows in 24 hours!
I was lucky enough to see Frank Black and the Catholics in Atlanta and then see them the next night in Athens. That's how much I like Pistolero!
Published on June 22, 2000 by jeff owens
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of 1999...
...which isn't saying much, as the other albums I've bought which came out last year I can count on the fingers of one hand. Read more
Published on February 23, 2000 by Micah Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo soy un Pistolero
This is not a Pixies album. But do not worry, you will like it! It is straightforward no-nonsense rock and roll. Listen to the lead guitarrist. Read more
Published on January 28, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars This is too good to be true...
Sure, I liked all of Frank's solo stuff. But his first self-titled and TOTY really grew old quick. Everyone considers them masterpieces, but I never did. Too many gimmicks. Read more
Published on November 9, 1999
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