Frank Black Francis

Album Title: Frank Black Francis
Release Date: October 12, 2004
Genre: Indie Rock
This 13-track disc features some of the best known Pixies songs which were written by a man named Black Francis and have been reinterpreted by a man named Frank Black. As confusing as it might sound to some, it's really just Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black Francis) singing his own songs in a new way. Black explains that the re-recording of Pixies songs was done to compliment the Pixies demos included on the first half of the album - bad quality recording vs. good, his 22-year-old self vs. his 38-year-old self.

While it's interesting to see where Black takes Pixies songs when left to his own devices, it's also a little scary, because as he says in the liner notes, he's "messing with the gospel". Most of the tracks have been slowed down and distorted, and the echo seems to be Black's favourite effect. Vocal differences are noticeable as well, all of which is pretty much the point of 'Frank Black Francis'. Ultimately this album is for people who already have a solid Pixies background. Basically if the whole Frank Black Francis persona concept remains a mystery, then this album is not for you; on the other hand, if you scoffed when Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV was shortened to Charles Thompson, knock yourself out.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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