Devil's Workshop - Frank Black & The Catholics
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  • Summary: One of two simultaneous releases (Black Letter Days being the other), Devil's Workshop is perhaps the more straightforward of the pair, although like its companion it was recorded direct to 2-track, representing a back-to-basics approach for Black and Co.
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  1. It's a bracing set of songs, one that rivals the critically lauded Dog in the Sand.
  2. Exudes a sense of immediacy and echoes the group's tight live show.
  3. Devil's Workshop is the most compact realization of the group's aesthetic, and it contributes 11 solid songs to Frank's ever-expanding canon.
  4. Short, simple, and lively, a collection of rollicking, quirky road songs that recall some of the more oblique moments on Teenager of the Year and the more rock-oriented tracks on Pistolero and Dog in the Sand.
  5. Devil’s Workshop is not awful, but its steady flow of roots rock near-misses is, at the very least, disheartening.
  6. 50
    Brisk playing compensates for some unremarkable songs. [Sep 2002, p.103]
  7. Devil's Workshop is the shorter of the two discs, and the better by virtue of brevity and energy.

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  1. FrankW.
    Aug 30, 2002
    10
    san antonio, texas and fields of marigold are worth the admission alone. the 3 older songs on this sound fresh. FB continues his solo path.
  2. GregM.
    Aug 25, 2002
    8
    The hotter, sluttier little sister of Black Letter Days is the perfect foil for its brooding, bleak big brother. In, out, and satisfied. So The hotter, sluttier little sister of Black Letter Days is the perfect foil for its brooding, bleak big brother. In, out, and satisfied. So what if you forget what you just heard. Anyway, Frank Black's leavings are better than commercial radio's best. Expand
  3. JimA.
    Aug 30, 2002
    8
    sit down, relax and let it kick you in the brain for a while! It's good and get better.
  4. AJ
    Jul 10, 2006
    8
    Enjoyable, tight little album. It was a nice add on to "Black Letter Days" but lacks the emotional immediacy of that album. Feels a little Enjoyable, tight little album. It was a nice add on to "Black Letter Days" but lacks the emotional immediacy of that album. Feels a little like an afterthought. Even so it is better than most albums being released today. Expand
  5. PeterC.
    Sep 5, 2002
    7
    Strong sounds, mediocre production, but overall the best effort of late from Frank; Lyle Workman, Moris Tepper, and Joey Santiago are welcome Strong sounds, mediocre production, but overall the best effort of late from Frank; Lyle Workman, Moris Tepper, and Joey Santiago are welcome returnees to the fold! Expand