Non Stop Erotik - Black Francis

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nonstoperotik showcases Black’s gift for mixing the sinful with the sublime.
  2. After the conventional bar-band fuzz of The Catholics, ‘Nonstoperotik’ is a welcome return to the quirky experimentalism of "Frank Black" and "Teenager Of The Year."
  3. As it happens, most of these songs are rockers, and even the ballads possess a toughened core of energy.
  4. He's rarely assembled a stronger collection of songs. [May 2010, p.102]
  5. NonStopErotik lives and dies on your particular hunger for music like this in 2010. If you love what Francis has done over the span of his solo work, (and to a lesser extent, if you love the Pixies) you’ll find just enough in the album to merit a listen or two. If you only have a passing interest, it’s probably not worth your 45 minutes.
  6. Taking his muse from the voyeuristic photographs of Man Ray, each note drips with sex and death.
  7. It's a slight album, but by the standards he himself set, and patchy Black Francis is better than no Black Francis at all.
  8. It reaffirms Black Francis’ place as a great songwriter in the rock pantheon.
  9. If the younger Black Francis might have transformed a cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Wheels" into a cool surf epic rather than a Velvet Underground-inspired reconstruction, the elder delivers an intriguing mix of vitality and cool detachment. It's easy to take those seemingly at-odds qualities for granted, but here Black Francis sounds not just comfortable with that aesthetic but surprisingly and paradoxically in control of it as well.
  10. 60
    The attempt to stir his inner shitkicking garagepunk isn't always successful but a handful of tracks here are creepily sensual. [May 2010, p.85]
  11. 60
    So while the music on this disc might not inspire a wave of followers and imitators like his Pixies days, Thompson is clearly having a lot of fun cranking out his latest batch of rock ‘n roll surrealism.
  12. Even if this isn’t some of Francis’ most striking work, it continues the more personal vein of songwriting he began exploring after the Pixies.
  13. Like most of his albums of the last decade, NonStopErotik covers all his stylistic bases. [May 2010, p.115]
  14. Explicitly ribald material, whether delivered with cheeky bombast ("When I Go Down on You") or the barely veiled lechery of the more sweetly inclined title track feel like unnecessary pushes into boldface territory.
  15. Over the wandering course of these 11 tracks, Francis is the aural equivalent of a boxer who's had five too many concussions coming out for one last payday. [Spring 2010, p.68]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    Black Francis doesn't run out of ideas. One might say he goes a bit soft here, but I don't think so. It is cleaner than Bluefinger, but stillBlack Francis doesn't run out of ideas. One might say he goes a bit soft here, but I don't think so. It is cleaner than Bluefinger, but still a raw little collection of ballads. Full Review »