Dog In The Sand - Frank Black & The Catholics
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. This is an arresting album that doesn't let go of your attention.
  2. This is Black's strongest set of songs since 1994's second solo selection, Teenager Of The Year, largely because the trademark wit and weirdness is back.
  3. 80
    Frank Black has dug in deep for this one, and come up with an album that captures the essence of his roots while expanding the realm he's been entrenched in over the last few years.
  4. Strangely enough, it seems the further Black distances himself from his heroic work in The Pixies, the better he gets.
  5. His third record with the Catholics, "Dog In The Sand," furthers the ex-Pixies frontman's recent explorations into bare-bones rock'n'roll.
  6. Having traded in affected spooky vocals and idiosyncratic song structures for straight-ahead rock, however, Black seems to suffer a crisis of confidence on "Dog in the Sand."
  7. By and large, the disc is made up of ambitious but misguided attempts to elevate mundane rock 'n' roll to some kind of higher art form.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. EchoDenver
    Oct 4, 2001
    This will probably be re-released as Frank Black and the Catholics Greatest Hits. Every song an infectious treat ringing in your ears!
  2. Jan 5, 2012
    Frank Black's best non-Pixies record by miles. Some of the material on this is up there with his best. Full of sharp and spikey Americana blues. I can keep coming back to this record and it always sounds great. Expand

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