Dog In The Sand

  • Record Label: W.A.R.?
  • Release Date: Jan 30, 2001
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It's the sound of a man finding a new place for himself, liking it, and reveling in it.
  3. Dog In The Sand' is unquestionably Frank Black's finest solo album.
  4. 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.
  5. His most interesting work since Teenager of the Year, Dog in the Sand sounds like a slightly slower, rootsier version of that album.
  6. He sounds fierce on his new album, and that's a welcome change.
  7. 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.
  8. Mojo
    80
    There is an inflammatory urgency here that reminds you of why Kurt Cobain considered Black an almost saintly figure. [Feb. 2001, p.88]
  9. Strangely enough, it seems the further Black distances himself from his heroic work in The Pixies, the better he gets.
  10. By this time, though, even Frank may be chafing at the limitations of their bar-band sound, staunch as he is in refusing to do overdubs or even edits in the recording process. Fortunately, there are just enough tweaks to that process this time out to enliven the resulting album, making it his most diverse and listenable since Teenager of the Year.
  11. His third record with the Catholics, "Dog In The Sand," furthers the ex-Pixies frontman's recent explorations into bare-bones rock'n'roll.
  12. Dog has a strong, old-school rock and roll feel to it.
  13. 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."
  14. Alternative Press
    60
    Pleasant, if not very gripping... [March 2001, p.70]
  15. It's unfortunate that Frank Black And The Catholics' fourth release falls so close to that of his former band the Pixies' B-sides compilation. Next to the twisted urgency of Black's heyday, his current shortcomings are even more stark.
  16. Magnet
    30
    Dog is Black's safest record in years.... As such, however, the album is a bore. Rollicking American rock and pedal-stell ballads don't suit Black, and the resulting arrangements are both unsurprising and uninspired. [#48, p.78]
  17. 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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    8
    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 AmericanaFrank 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. Full Review »
  2. EchoDenver
    Oct 4, 2001
    10
    This will probably be re-released as Frank Black and the Catholics Greatest Hits. Every song an infectious treat ringing in your ears!