Black Letter Days - Frank Black & The Catholics
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  • Summary: Recorded direct to two-track, 'Black Letter Days' features a stripped-down sound for the former Pixie and his current band. And if the 18 new tracks here (including not one but two covers of Tom Waits' "The Black Rider") aren't enough for you, there's even more on the companion release, 'Devil's Workshop.' Expand
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  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. Sure, there's some filler here and there but it's far from a Frank Black B-sides collection.
  5. Arguably, some prudent pruning might've made the album great instead of good, but even the album's uneven moments are still pretty enjoyable.
  6. Black Letter Days evokes an early-Seventies Stones bootleg -- a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll - minus the danger.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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