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With that out the way, Bluefinger is a great, fun, and rewarding record---Frank's best in years, by far. He's sounding rejuvenated, but most importantly, he sounds like he's having a blast.
Bluefinger clocks in at just under 40 minutes and there's not a dud in the bunch. Even the slowburners such as the title track are rewarding after repeated listens. Lyrically, the material is playful and cryptic, full of alternatingly direct and oblique references to dutch rock and roll artist Herman Brood.
Standout cuts for me are the more raucous numbers like Tight Black Rubber, Threshold Apprehension, You Can't Break a Heart and Have It, and Captain Pasty. The slower songs such as Lolita and She Took the Money are just as strong, however, stamped with Black's trademark quirky structures and time signatures.
Who needs the Pixies if Black Francis is back and he's going to be making albums this good?
After years of being a huge Pixies fan, followed by years of Frank Black fandom (in truth, I prefer "Teenager of the Year" to any of the Pixies albums, though "Doolittle" is a very close second for me), I had actually given up on the many-named musician. "Fast Man Raider Man" was a debacle of such proportions that I thought it would spell the end of Mr. Charles Thompson.
In a blatant bid to recapture some of the old Pixies magic, Thompson has reclaimed not only his old pseudonym but much of his former band's sound. The good news is: it works. This is surely his strongest album since "Show Me Your Tears," and probably his best since "Dog in the Sand." Pixies fans will undoubtedly prefer this cd to either of those albums, though. There are hints of the western sound Thompson has toyed with (mostly unsuccessfully) in recent years, but most of the cues taken here are from the Pixies via the Stones. It's hardly an instant classic, and one can't help but wonder what the album would have been like had this been a full-blown Pixies effort, but for an artist with this much talent and potential, it's great just to have him back, working in the form he's most suited to.
There's room for growth here, but one thing's for sure: We've got Black Francis back. Hopefully the muse will continue to lead him in this direction in the future.
Now on to this jewel...This release seems like a natural progression of his solo work sprinkled with some Pixies reunion experience. Some of this material could probably have fit nicely on a new Pixies album...however, much of it is simply what would have happened without the reunion...definitely a strong and 100% organic follow up to Show Me Your Tears.
Look, Those of you waiting for the next Doolittle, forget it...he's moved on...and so should we. Do I wish it were Kim Deal doing the female backing vocals on this album? Kinda... Like I sometimes wish I still had a full head of hair...apparently, neither one of those things are happening.
Do yourself a favor, forget what could have been or should have been and just enjoy his work...He's back and he's spectacular!
P.S. Of course, as with all great Frank Black albums...it will likely take a bit of time to grow on you...but once it does...
It will be interesting to see the direction that Frank Black or Black Francis takes on his next release......he can always be counted on to entertain....no matter what name he uses.
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Ordered this for my significant other and it was a great gift. We used it already and recommend it to others.Published on January 1, 2013 by Beansbc17
I wasn't particularly crazy about the first Frank Black solo efforts; their themes weren't that different from those explored by the Pixies, often delving into space aliens and... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by DjC
* Caveat - of the best of his solo work which I own/have listened too. I'm still working my way backwards on his solo catalogue. But of the 5 I own so far, it's my favorite. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Schmapdi
Bluefinger is a classic from one of the most influential songwriters in the alternative genre (leader of The Pixies, aka Frank Black). Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by A. Boyd
If you had told me ahead of time that my favorite album of 2007 would be a Black Francis solo work, I'd probably have laughed and rolled my eyes. Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by The Bibliophile
Charles' return to the Black Francis moniker and his rocking roots. A great collection of songs about the Dutch Elvis. Each song stands on it's own.Published on June 21, 2008 by Ciscomancer
This album finds Black Francis, né Frank Black, né Charles Thompson, in a familiar yet refined musical place. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Jesse H. Mellon
I've been a fan of Charles Thompson (Frank Black/Black Francis) since his Pixies days and have been waiting for this kind of release for a long time. Read morePublished on December 7, 2007 by H. D. Bennett