Fast Man Raider Man - Frank Black
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. That rare double album with enough life in it to deserve that much real estate. [Aug 2006, p.208]
  2. 78
    It's impossible to decide whether Black is tourist or guide in the land of dusty genres he evokes. [#21, p.102]
  3. It’s Frank Black on his first real roll as a solo artist.
  4. 70
    While it might've been more digestible as a single CD, Black strives for a wide scope that makes the album's elegant songcraft, musical telepathy and poetic unpredictability all the more satisfying. [Aug 2006, p.104]
  5. If it weren't for the album's studio polish, it'd feel like an extremely well-recorded concert -- it has the ebb and flow of a good live set, and its expansive warmth ends up making its length work in its favor.
  6. [A] compendium of mostly refined Americana, albeit filtered through Black's uniquely cockeyed worldview.
  7. Black's voice is less interesting when he's not going postal with the Pixies; here he delivers dark visions wanly, with a nod to Nick Cave and a saving touch of camp.
  8. There is a very good album here-- you just have to work for it.
  9. 60
    The playing is impeccable, Black's subtly warped songs uneven. [Jul 2006, p.82]
  10. The work of a middle-aged man with little to prove: amiable, assured, seldom surprising.
  11. Fast Man Raider Man is simply too long, and, as such, a dilution.
  12. Where Black's muse was once shrieked and otherworldly, it's now distinctly earth-bound. [17 Jun 2006, p.37]
  13. Oddly, the songs here are actually quite good and are played , well but Black’s nasal voice is at odds with some of the genres he’s exploring. [#14]
  14. Fast Man Raider Man isn't your father's Frank Black; it's Frank Black for your father.
  15. There is certainly enough solid material here for an album, but Black has committed one of the cardinal sins of modern music: this is too damn long.
  16. While there are some moments of greatness (the menacing, psychedelic 'Dog Sleep', the mournful, pretty 'Don't Cry That Way'), the majority of this double album is dull, turgid and instantly forgettable.
  17. At its worst, only the quality of the backing band distinguishes it from pub rock. [Jul 2006, p.112]
  18. Fast Man/Raider Man is sluggish country rock.
  19. 30
    Much of it is endurance-defyingly dull. [Jul 2006, p.84]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. AlexF
    Sep 20, 2006
    7
    A bitter pill to swallow for most Pixies fans and even those of Frank Black's early solo work. That being said, I think this record is A bitter pill to swallow for most Pixies fans and even those of Frank Black's early solo work. That being said, I think this record is pleasant, but overlong. There's some really good songs in there, but you have to find them amongst some boring filler. (Yes, Frank Black can be boring!) Which isn't to say it is bad. Just not something that makes your ears perk up and listen intently. Full Review »
  2. RatCore
    Sep 19, 2006
    6
    It's a good cd overall, lots of good tracks. But too many tracks overall. Should have been made into one cd with the best ones. It's a good cd overall, lots of good tracks. But too many tracks overall. Should have been made into one cd with the best ones. Standouts: Wanderlust, If your posing gets you, it's down to you, raiderman, its just not your moment. Full Review »
  3. someoneelse
    Aug 11, 2006
    8
    i cant imagine any country music fans picking this album up... only fans of frank black's way with a song...i guess thats why comments i cant imagine any country music fans picking this album up... only fans of frank black's way with a song...i guess thats why comments based completely on his ability to perform this kind of material are moot...to me at least. i guess that's also why a song like "im not dead (im in pittsburgh)", which is a very straightforward country song, bores the hell out of me... but, there are more than enough songs that are are typical frank black, filtered through a different perspecitve of course...and im still glad i picked it up Full Review »