Black Letter Days

  • Record Label: Spin Art
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2002
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11

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  1. AndrewK.
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    Yet again another "grow on you" masterpiece!!
  2. JohanK.
    Aug 30, 2002
    9
    I really cant agree with those who say that the old man should be more selective. If some songs are just good and not fabulous - so what? I still havent found a Frank Black song that I wish was unwritten. Hope he makes a triple release with 54 songs next time ...
  3. ThomasB.
    Aug 30, 2002
    10
    Frank Black is just getting started
  4. GregM.
    Aug 22, 2002
    7
    Songwriter-extraordinaire Frank Black would do well to take heed of the old axiom "concise is nice," but he has begun to ramble in his old age. Oh well, his rambling is better than 99% of the other crap out there, so just burn the best songs from each CD onto one mix, and do what Old Man Frank couldn't bring himself to do.
  5. mommypants
    Sep 11, 2002
    10
    this is the stuff that made the pixies go--pure rock and roll song writing.
  6. AJ
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    An underappreciated masterpiece. It slowly entangles you like ivy. Music to wander to.
  7. HalB.
    Oct 15, 2002
    10
    Thank God for Frank Black. The 2 cd's are better than a combined masterpiece, buy them both -- don't burn em. Support a musician who's doing great work with a medium that is very close to being obsolete.
  8. johnk
    Nov 21, 2002
    10
    great!!! seeing them in philly tonight
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 evokes an early-Seventies Stones bootleg -- a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll - minus the danger.
  2. 50
    Basically, it wants to be the Stones but ends up a bit Tom Petty. [Sep 2002, p.103]
  3. Arguably, some prudent pruning might've made the album great instead of good, but even the album's uneven moments are still pretty enjoyable.