Black Letter Days - Frank Black & The Catholics
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Black Letter Days is a truly special work, and should be treated as such. Don't let the best record of the year go overlooked.
  2. Dedicated fans will be pleased with the results.
  3. Despite being almost numbingly consistent at times, it's his most self-indulgent Catholics album, and it could easily become a favorite of Black's long-time fans. [Oct 2002, p.77]
  4. BLD is arguably Black's most straightforward rock album; his sound is becoming more and more "classic rock" with each passing record.
  5. As you might expect, the sheer number of tracks means there's a sizeable dollop of filler.
  6. The problem is the production.
  7. Arguably, some prudent pruning might've made the album great instead of good, but even the album's uneven moments are still pretty enjoyable.
  8. Black Letter Days evokes an early-Seventies Stones bootleg -- a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll - minus the danger.
  9. Sure, there's some filler here and there but it's far from a Frank Black B-sides collection.
  10. 50
    Basically, it wants to be the Stones but ends up a bit Tom Petty. [Sep 2002, p.103]
  11. The wait for the first great Frank Black solo album continues. [Sep 2002, p.100]
  12. The tossed-off quality of his recent work may be liberating to Black, but it's not likely to be so satisfying to his audience.
User Score
9.5

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. AJ
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    An underappreciated masterpiece. It slowly entangles you like ivy. Music to wander to.
  2. AndrewK.
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    Yet again another "grow on you" masterpiece!!
  3. mommypants
    Sep 11, 2002
    10
    this is the stuff that made the pixies go--pure rock and roll song writing.