Saturday, 14 February 2015

Frank Black - Men In Black (CDS)

Imagine my disappointment when I realised this wasn't a cover of the Men In Black film themetune. I guess it's the same crushing disappointment you're experiencing as you read this. But wait! It is a very good song, it's just not that one. It's off what appears to be not a very well-received album ("Cult Of Ray", also notable for one of the worse LP covers I've ever seen), and scraped the top 40 in the UK. But I like it, it's one of Frank's better solo tracks. You do wonder quite how much editing the rest of The Pixies did, don't you..?

B-sides of this one are all Frank Black tunes, and all enjoyable listens I reckon. I know his solo songs are quite hit and miss, but these four are all pretty consistent. "Pray A Little Faster" is my highlight of the three. Does it sound to you like his voice was a bit shot on these songs, maybe from all the Pixies screaming? Not actual Pixies screaming, that wouldn't affect your voice. Be worth hearing, though.

1. Men In Black
2. You Never Heard About Me
3. Pray A Little Faster
4. Announcement

It's right here.