- 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: #1,030,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Pistolero Original recording reissued
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Justin
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 morePublished on November 27, 2007 by J. Sowder
Rambunctious, frolicking numbers that rock hard.
A socking, gyrating, pulverizing delivery to your brain cells that gets your feet tapping endlessly. Read more
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 morePublished on March 9, 2001 by Alexander Yakovleff
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
...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 morePublished on February 23, 2000 by Micah Newman
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 morePublished on January 28, 2000