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Media Type: CD
Artist: BLACK,FRANK
Title: TEENAGER OF THE YEAR
Street Release Date: 05/24/1994
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My friend Joe just called from his car as he's driving across Ohio tonight just to thank me for making him buy this. Another friend left it in his duffel and his Dad became severely addicted to it. I once cranked it out the top of a decapitated VW Bug and the neighbors thought about calling the cops until they heard the music. When aliens come and we have to make a case as to why they shouldn't eat us, we should just hit play. This is all you need to make it through this sordid and gilded life. Play it loud, play it proud. Too bad it can't get a Nobel.
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My wife hates Frank Black. And I really have to ask myself sometimes why I like him....random,smug,obscure,obtuse,lyrics from the far range of sanity and sense. But here is the truth. I love this album...love it. It is long and spotty,like a dachsund dalmatian mix,but when it rocks it rocks. Obscure yes, but who else would write a punk song about the three stooges. I am not sure there is anything close to a consistent Frank Black album....he seems to be a guy set to break rules, explore, confuse and ultimately rock. But you may want to find it on a listening station, and check it out. It isn't for my wife....it may not be for you.
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"Teenager of the Year" by Frank Black is, for lack of a better label, the "Exile on Main Street" of the 90s. But it's more than that. It's simply the decade's best collection of genre-bending, historical analysis within a pop context. It is the pinnacle of Alternative Rock, before Alt-Rock was cool and before it started to suck. There's not a dud on this, and each song challenges listeners in a new way. Few pop rock icons of this day (or any other) could blend this much pop culture, pop songcraft, modern-day philosophy and pure noise together and not either 1) make an ugly-sounding mish mash or 2) come off as pretentious as Emerson Lake and Palmer. It's the least straight-ahead of anything Black has done, solo or with the Pixies, but its his most timeless, most far-reaching and most fun effort. This is one of the Top 5 albums released in the 1990s (perhaps it's the best), and easily in the Top 50 of ALL rock n' roll history. So, to all alt-rock wannabees who still wannabe this late in the game, here's a chance. Sell your Third Eye Blind and Matchbox 20 CDs before they aren't worth anything, and shell out whatever you must for "Tennager of the Year." The music world will become much clearer once you do.
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There are two true rock and roll geniuses in history. Besides Ian Anderson, there is Frank Black. I am convinced everything Black touches turns to gold. Before the likes pf Green Day and Rancid, truly inferior bands, Black created and perfected the neo-punk attitude with gems like Thalossacracy, Hostess With the Mostest, and Bad, Wicked World on 1993's Teenager of the Year. But bludgeoning hard rock assaults are only one weapon in Black's truly amazing arsenal. Calistan, Speedy Marie, and Superabound are just excellently written, purely original, and deeply powerful pop rock tunes that are easily likable for all tastes. Black is the 90's premier wordsmith, too. "If all you see /is violence/then I make a plea/ yeah-in their defense/don't you know they speak/ vaudevillian?" in which Black defends the Three Stooges phenomenon in Two Reelers. "My brother and me used to play it down at the bar/taking money from guys more used to the playing of cards" opens Whatever Happened To Pong?, and the album itself. I am a tremendous Pixies fan, and when I heard they were breaking up, I was truly disappointed. But what the music industry, and more importantly, his devoted fans, would have missed without that fortunate divorce would be immeasurable. Frank Black is the 90's answer to Bowie. But how Bowie had more success in redefining and influencing his generation's music befuddles me. Frank Black IS the 90's most underrated artist, and Teenager of the Year is one of the ten best rock albums EVER. Buy the CD, and the rest of your top 40 "alternative" rock collection will quickly be collecting dust...guaranteed.
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There's no doubt that this is FB's best album, his only solo effort to compare favourably with the output of his former alias Mr Francis (that's not to say that his other solo albums aren't worth checking out). Its a sprawling, protean effort- an eclectic and defiantly odd-ball collection. At times it sounds like The Fall (Whatever Happened To Pong?), at other moments more like Dire Straits (Calistan, Speedie Marie), but it NEVER sounds much like the Pixies. The sound is cleaner and poppier, smoothing off the edges of the Pixies' abrasiveness, but the weirdness, the bug-eyed humour (and the sheer quality) remains.

Despite its sprawling nature, this is nonetheless a very accessible and remarkably consistent album. I don't agree at all with people who consider it uneven. Only the cod-reggae of "Fiddle Riddle" has me reaching for the skip button. But its true that Frank Black's taste occasionally fails him- Lyle Workman's awful guitar solos on the otherwise excellent Two Reelers and Ole Mulholland stray too far into tasteless rock territory for my liking. But that's what makes the guy interesting- he clearly doesn't give a monkey's about being cool or fashionable, and its this refreshing eclecticism which makes this singularly odd collection one of the most under-rated albums of the 1990s.
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