Honeycomb - Frank Black
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  • Summary: Before reuniting The Pixies, Black recorded this mellow solo disc in four days in a Nashville studio, backed by veteran southern session musicians.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
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  1. He's discovered a mellow maturity in Southern soul - and without losing his punk rock perversity or poetry.
  2. 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.
  3. As usual the songs are superbly crafted, and very well-executed.
  4. [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.
  5. 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.
  6. It suffers both in comparison to Black’s other solo material and on its own decidedly alt-country terms.
  7. If Honeycomb exercises Dylanisms, they're the indulgent kind: stifled melodic repetitions, gaggles of verses, rushed takes that make brilliant musicians appear barely competent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    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. Expand

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