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quick take : frank black : abbabubba, the golem

29 Mar 2011 · No Comments

It’s a measure of my enormous respect for Frank Black/Black Francis/whatever he wants to call himself that even though I thought NonStopErotik was possibly the worst album of his career, it didn’t take me out of auto-buy-his-new-stuff mode. Abbabubba is a b-sides/odds-and-ends compilation, with some fully-formed tracks, some solo/demo stuff, and a few rather superfluous remixes of “The Seus.” The closing “Virginia Reel,” with its stream-of-consciousness spoken word bits, is the one I’ll be going back to most. I do wish it included his amazing rendition of The Stooges’ “Gimme Danger,” though.
The Golem is the trimmed-down, “rock” version of the soundtrack Frank Black created for Paul Wegener’s silent horror film. It finds him working with a broader sonic palette than he usually uses (horns! reeds!) and I felt like blues elements were closer to the surface than they usually are in his work. “Bad News” and “You’re Gonna Pay” are the highlights for me; the latter has a classic blow-out-the-mic vocal performance.
(Supposedly both of these records saw the light of day in 2010 in some form, but they’ve just been more broadly re-released.)

Tags: 2010 · 2011 · Rock · b · quick take · self-released

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