Bluefinger

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The Pixies' alter ego alludes to Brood either candidly or implicitly in all 11 songs, veering far from the Nashville-and-Memphis tones of the last two Black albums for a return trip to his raucous roots.
  2. Erstwhile Pixies frontman/rock'n'roll lifer Charles Thompson is back for another round, this time reclaiming his "old" stage name Black Francis and rocking out harder on record than he has in years.
  3. Mojo
    80
    Bluefinger marks an artistic rebirth for the king of quiet/loud. [Sep 2007, p.110]
  4. It's far and away the finest record Frank Black has produced in a long time, and shows that it's time for the old pretenders to show the new pretenders a thing or two about writing a rock song.
  5. Add an ability to string lyrical and musical narratives together to create a complete whole and Bluefinger should serve as yet another highlight in an already stellar body of work.
  6. Magnet
    80
    Like much of Francis' most compelling work, the album is a mediation on a muse. [Fall 2007, p.96]
  7. Bluefinger achieves something more admirable than a return to form--it reconciles two decades' worth of forms and revisits an older self without undoing the growth that followed.
  8. Attaching the Black Francis moniker to this album might ratchet up expectations too high for rabid Pixies fans, but Bluefinger is a good Charles Thompson album--it's still really enjoyable to hear him have fun and rock out, no matter what name he chooses to use.
  9. Bluefinger is probably the sprightliest solo collection of songs Frank Black has recorded to date.
  10. Bluefinger is, then, a simple, accessible and enjoyable album of rock and blues by a formidable artist rediscovering his scream while maintaining his cultured songwriting abilities.
  11. The unlikely, ghoulish inspiration of a dead Dutch pop star has forced Pixies' frontman Frank Black into making his finest album since the demise of his influential '90s alt.rockers.
  12. Black Francis' ability to explore familiar themes in a spastic, unfettered manner continues to remind us that uniqueness is not simply skin deep.
  13. On Bluefinger, it sounds like the Pixies' fantastic reunion shows have allowed Black to finally shed his ambivalence about rocking out. So he does.
  14. Bluefinger is the best overall solo record Black has released in a long time, but it's still only good, not great.
  15. Bluefinger is catchy in spots but ultimately forgettable.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    9
    Yet another solid effort from Black Francis (Frank Black) whatever he decides to call himself this album lol. Threshold Apprehension, Lolita,Yet another solid effort from Black Francis (Frank Black) whatever he decides to call himself this album lol. Threshold Apprehension, Lolita, and She took all the money are worth the purchase and that is just the start. Not one of the greatest records but pretty darn good! Full Review »
  2. bb
    Nov 5, 2007
    10
    An excellent album that grows and grows upon the listener.
  3. MarkD
    Oct 17, 2007
    8
    I guess Franks return to his roots both musically and in name shows how much he wanted to get the Pixies back into the studio. Gutted he I guess Franks return to his roots both musically and in name shows how much he wanted to get the Pixies back into the studio. Gutted he couldn't do it but delighted with the album! This is almost as good as the Pixies best material and nobody screams like Black Francis. He's still the shocking, off the wall punk monster he was when Frank Black locked him away! Full Review »