- Summary: He's nothing if not prolific. Black's fourth album in two and a half years features 13 new tracks and appearances from some of his usual cohorts (Stan Ridgway, Joey Santiago).
- Record Label: Spin Art
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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SvenC10This album is not a grab-your-attention, jump-out-at-you album; you wouldn't play this at the next frat party. But if you can shut down your schizophrenic mind for 45 minutes, you'll be rewarded with an album that will massage your ears with catchy rhythms and in my opinion, Frank Black's best post-Pixies album to date. It's Leonard Cohen meets Tom Petty and it's more relaxing than a serving a quaaludes with a side of kava tea.… Expand
RyanBeeswax8Frank Black?s wifey is gone and his songs are woeful, well, lyrically anyway, he still finds ways to pull out the great rousing pop.pop. melodies that we come to expect from ?Frank Black? and his band ?the Catholics?. In fact, I think Frank Black might be one of the last of his kind: a rock?n?roller with substance. The album is very stylistically close to ?Dog in the Sand?, maybe a bit more ?Rolling Stones? at times though. It?s mostly rock music with some country twang and some good stripped down ballads.. Show Me Your Tears starts off with ?Nadine? and it has some ?Tom Waits? in it; not too much, but you can hear the influence. I?m not gonna go thru it track by track, but trust me it?s a really great album after say 3 listens. The first listen or two will probably leave you wondering where the wonderful melodies I?m blathering about are but they are there, just let recognition do its part. Anyway, the album highlights would be, ?Horrible Day?, ?Massif Centrale?(pure Frank Black genius, especially the bridge and simple piano), and ?Goodbye Lorraine?, while the lowlight is ?The Snake?(standard part of the scourge of being prolific) If you mildly like Frank Black you should really go out and get this record and give some money back to an artist who might just be the last of his kind; Rocking and worthy. I?m glad his wife is gone, this should be the last horribly laid out disc (she did all the graphic design for all ?FB&theC?s? albums). I think somewhere in his heart he knows it too?I mean, besides the poor graphic design (there is a powerful resilience in his voice) 8/10 … Expand
MatthewM5Seriously lacking in comparision with older Black stuff
jerrys4I tuned into FB with Teenager of the Year...I hadn't even heard any of the Pixies stuff. I've followed his career since then and have warmed to the Pixies. I'm one of the most avid supporters of Mr. Thompson and have nearly all of his work. I was at the store at opening to get this disc, but I'm a bit disappointed. Frank is depressed, and it shows in his music. The tunes are without passion, the songs are nothing new, and at some points the CD is just sloppy. I'm also not real fond of the increased country tinge (I can do without the harmonicas). While I appreciate the effort to go into slightly new directions (with the inclusion of sax's and trumpets), the sound is muffled by Frank's dreariness. He says it best - "for the first time in my life, I just don't care." That about sums up the disc.… Expand