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  • Band members: Black Francis, Violet Clark
  • Summary: The second album from Black Francis and Violet Clark as Grand Duchy was written by Clark while The Pixies were on tour.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    70
    While not everything works on Let the People Speak, it has enough originality and energy that it bodes well for wherever Clark and Black want to go next.
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    It can feel a little meandering, and a couple of the more "organically" arranged pieces seem out of place.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    [It sounds] little more than controlled and reserved stabs at Lower East Side new/no-wave of early talking Heads, Social Climbers and Blondie driven by some uppity Britpop rhythms. [#86, p.54]
  4. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    While the layers of oddball narrative that Black brings to the table help distinguish it, aesthetically it's at least five years too late and feels like something aimed squarely at hip, divorced dads.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    38
    Let the People Speak feels utterly passionless and perfunctory.