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Frank Black:: Fast Man/Raider Man (Album Review)

Were it not for the fact that Frank Black was once Black Francis, the Pixies’ balding everyman whose scream was swiped from Satan, his solo sets would generate the minimum of fuss. His 11th in 13 years isn’t a complete dud: ‘Elijah’ could pass for a late period Pixies outtake, while ‘If Your Poison Gets You’ is a fine approximation of what Tom Waits would sound like if he ever deigned to sing. By and large, though, Fast Man/Raider Man is sluggish country rock, the oddest aspect of which is Black’s willingness to while away his days posing as a bloodless crooner. You know sometimes reviews are short just because there is really nothing good say.. and Frank that’s just sad.