MUSIC REVIEWS: Frank Black
|Honeycomb Back Porch/EMI |
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In the midst of the big Pixies
reunion tour comes Frank Black's Honeycomb
, his most countrified solo album. Here, his not unappealing if homely croon is accompanied by star session men (Steve Cropper, Buddy Miller) in a program of 11 originals and three covers. It's decently done - but you have to be a huge fan to overlook the fact that Black in a low-keyed setting means a somewhat narrow, depressive emotional range ...and that the best song here is a cover of Dan Penn and Chips Moman's "Dark End of the Street" ...and
that even a potential piece of camp like "Song of the Shrimp" (from the Elvis Presley film Girls! Girls! Girls!
) comes across as a little dour.