Honeycomb - Frank Black
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. He's discovered a mellow maturity in Southern soul - and without losing his punk rock perversity or poetry.
  2. Black's take on Southern soul: spare, graceful, in the pocket, with Black himself sounding reborn and relaxed. [22 Jul 2005, p.78]
  3. It will surely be remembered as perhaps the greatest Frank Black LP (to date, at least) and perhaps even as the record that made it cool to like country again.
  4. 86
    This is relaxed, realized, and startlingly gorgeous. [#16, p.92]
  5. Elegantly-strummed slices of lo-fi Americana.
  6. As usual the songs are superbly crafted, and very well-executed.
  7. If there's a quibble, 'Honeycomb' does lack variation of pace. Though it doesn't matter when the tunes are as consistently as good as 'Sing for Joy'.
  8. 80
    Honeycomb is really closer to the Dylan of New Morning than Blonde On Blonde; an angry young man finally transformed by a new voice and outlook. [Aug 2005, p.95]
  9. 80
    A quietly remarkable record. [Aug 2005, p.92]
  10. Honeycomb is a coherent and listenable collection of songs.
  11. 75
    Alternately goofy, sweet, and weird. [Aug 2005, p.97]
  12. 70
    Compared with the Pixies, this is conservative and gentlemanly. [Aug 2005, p.109]
  13. Honeycomb is steeped in tradition, yet manages to buck it at the same time; while not all Pixies and Frank Black fans will appreciate its mellow maturity, it's an intimate treat for those who follow its lead.
  14. His mutation into Hank Williams may be unlikely, but it also proves to be rather charming. [Aug 2005, p.126]
  15. The playing is bright, relaxed and spontaneous. [28 Jul 2005, p.82]
  16. [Honeycomb has] some of Black’s most mature songwriting to date and a chilled-out sound that plays like the cure to a hangover after a night of Pixies-soundtracked debauchery.
  17. Given the strength of the album’s beginning, the latter half lags quite a bit, but the occasional highlight arises.
  18. Honeycomb isn't a great album -- it's too tentative and self-restrained for that -- but it's quite a good one.
  19. It suffers both in comparison to Black’s other solo material and on its own decidedly alt-country terms.
  20. The tension of is-this-a-joke-or-serious is perhaps the largest aspect of the album's subtle, growing charm. [#10, p.105]
  21. Has its inspired moments but ultimately comes off like something of a vanity project.
  22. Fall[s] somewhere between briskly entertaining and simply inconsequential.
  23. Honeycomb proves too rigid and self-serious to make good on Black’s strengths.
  24. It is a noble effort, modeled on Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, but the results are underwhelming.
  25. The set is just a curio, banking everything on Black's low register, which has the texture but not the stamina to pull off so many slow, velvet lullabies about sour romance.
  26. If Honeycomb exercises Dylanisms, they're the indulgent kind: stifled melodic repetitions, gaggles of verses, rushed takes that make brilliant musicians appear barely competent.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    7
    Wow, for anyone who's a fan of the Pixies noise this will be a bit of a shock to say the least. No distortion or screaming to be found here.Wow, for anyone who's a fan of the Pixies noise this will be a bit of a shock to say the least. No distortion or screaming to be found here. It's slow placed weird countryish stuff all the way through. Not bad but lacks anything to cause much excitement. Full Review »
  2. PaulA
    Dec 4, 2007
    10
    I was a huge Pixies fan back in the day but I hadn't really got into Frank Black's solo stuff until I recently bought Bluefinger, I was a huge Pixies fan back in the day but I hadn't really got into Frank Black's solo stuff until I recently bought Bluefinger, Dog in the Sand and Honeycomb practically at the same time... I'm a big fan again! Full Review »
  3. MatthewS
    Mar 4, 2007
    8
    Stands out like a shiny dime against the old money of a familiar genre. Positive and uplifting.