Frank Black CD review [Back Porch]

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Frank Black CD review [Back Porch]
Dec 13, 2006, 14:24

FRANK BLACK Fast Man, Raider Man CD

The recent Pixies revival has set the table for the rather interesting next chapter in Black Francis' ongoing solo career. While, even now, thousands of Gen Z indie iPod kids are still discovering The Pixies for the first time, Frank Black has reached even farther back into his personal musical Library of Congress and delivered this great American masterpiece, Fast Man, Raider Man. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Chicago, this album is as much an education in real roots music as it is a departure from his stripped-down approach taken with The Pixies. Black surrounds himself with a walking museum of legendary sidemen here, including Steve Cropper on guitar (the long haired guy in the Blues Brothers' backing group—remember him?), Levon Helm (drummer for The Band), Simon Kirke (drummer for Bad Company), Tom Petersson (bassist for Cheap Trick), and former Rolling Stones pianist Ian McLagan. An ambitious double CD-set, the album is Americana in the purest sense of the word. 27 songs, all delivered with a sense of reverence and respect for the audience. The bare-bones cover of The Pogues' “Dirty Old Town” will have you digging up your old vinyl copy of “Rum, Sodomy, and The Lash,” as well. Twenty years from now, we'll look back on this album the same way we honor albums like Neil Young's Decade or Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. It's that good. [Back Porch/EMI]

-Jeffrey Liles

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