Dog in the Sand
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After nothing short of worshiping FB's first 3 solo albums, I was kind of disappointed by the first 2 offerings from FB & the Catholics. The production was lower, the performances were done live but sloppily at times, the lack of instruments made the arrangements emptier, and while some of the songs were FB-signature compositional gems, a good bit of it seemed musically and lyrically uninspired (for Frank, I mean... not saying it still didn't blow away 99% of the mindless [stuff] out there). Well, this was the album that got me back into Mr. Black with both feet. This album is sort of laid back and definitely a bit country-western in its instrumentation (lots of acoustic guitar, plus slide, pedal steel, piano, and even banjo), but Frank just seemed to be oozing with unique musical and lyrical ideas again. Still recorded live to 2-track, but way more instruments, much better performances, and perhaps some of Frank's most crisp and dead-on singing to date. Not a dud song in the bunch really, and that is quite an improvement from Pistolero and the Catholics 1st album.
Second, about this version, the one with bonus tracks:
Why this version is always cheaper than the original album, I have no idea. It is identical to the original album-- same CD, same cover art, same track listing-- EXCEPT, you get 4 acoustic demos at the end (not listed on the back cover). You get to hear "Stupid Me," "If It Takes All Night," "Robert Onion," and "Blast Off" demos, and they aren't just [crummy] sound quality dud tracks. It's like a Frank Black solo unplugged session to close out the already awesome album for you, and it's terrific. Especially "Stupid Me" and "Robert Onion"-- his voice sounds as cool if not cooler on the demo versions compared to the regular versions. To sum up, you should get this album, and there is no excuse for not getting this enhanced version of it!
Minor, moody chords, quirky inventive progressions, make this intelligent rock with some truly great lyrics.
If you do not like this album at first, listen again. If you still do not like it, listen again. Repeat until you love it. It won't take long.
Truly, thanks once again to Frank Black and the Catholics.
in the words of frank, "I think you--had no clue..."
[if anyhting, the secret could be the extra efforts of eric drew feldman from the one and only magic band of yester-year... that and whoever's playing slide!!!!!]
anyhoo, frank is just criminally under-rated. go see him when he hits yr town, man...
"LLANO, LLANO, LLANO -- LLANO DEL RIO!!!!!!"
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Last week I saw Frank Black and his band play at a club downtown. By this point in his career, the man has a huge catalog of great songs stretching back to the 80s. Read morePublished on November 29, 2006 by P. Opus
Now a month after I belatedly picked up a copy of "Dog in the Sand," I would recommend this CD to anyway who enjoys rock and roll without taking it way too seriously---and who can... Read morePublished on October 13, 2005 by loce_the_wizard
Many other reviewers have said it, but I will too since the analogy is good: throw the Stones into a blender with some steel guitar.. Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by Greg Brady
"If it Takes All Night" and "Hermaphroditos" are two classic examples of why this album clearly establishes Frank Black as one of the greatest America music icons of all-time! Read morePublished on February 2, 2005 by Joe
as a long time pixies and frank black fan i this is my favorite frank black album with the catholics (the only one i have not heard yet is "show me your tears"). Read morePublished on March 2, 2004
Yes, the Pixies are gone, but Frank still rocks hard. I've spent the last few months catching up on all his releases since his 3rd LP, and this one is one of the better albums. Read morePublished on December 31, 2003 by E. Bartoszak
A friend had me listen to "Bullet" and I was hooked. I had never heard FB or the pixies and I immediately got a hold of "Dog" as well as "teenager of the year, "devil's workshop,"... Read morePublished on August 20, 2003
I bought this CD two years ago and haven't stopped listening to it since. Virtually every track is a rock 'n' roll gem, though the best may be "Hermaphroditos," a song... Read morePublished on July 11, 2003 by bscepter
I love the way Frank Black's music has evolved over the years. From the almost angry loud music of the Pixies era, to this more subdued sound on this album. Read morePublished on January 19, 2003