- Released: September 27, 2011
- Label: 4Ad / Ada
Rolling Stone - 4/1/93, p.543.5 Stars
- Very Good - "...FRANK BLACK doesn't sound like a Pixies album, which is to Black's credit....musically whimsical and varied..."
Spin - 4/93, p.90
Highly Recommended - "...Black is no one-trick pony, and the 15 jumpy cuts on the album prove it....Black Francis has become history. He's been replaced by the less quirky but more versatile Frank Black..."
Q - 1/94, p.85
Included in Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a 15-song piledriver..."
Q - 4/93, p.784 Stars
- Excellent - "...Pixies were always Black's baby and his first solo outing has that outfit's quirky pop charm, a richer supply of melodies and musical asides with a slight lack of the muscle acquired by a road band....a strong debut..."
Option - 5-6/93, p.91
"...Frank Black puts himself in pretty rareified company by making his first [FRANK BLACK] this good....Black is an acquired taste as pop singers go, but like hot sauce, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it..."
Musician - 4/93, p.88
"...the best songs are mesmerizingly tuneful..."
- 1.Los Angeles
- 2.I Heard Ramona Sing
- 3.Hang On To Your Ego
- 4.Fu Manchu
- 5.Places Named After Numbers
- 7.Old Black Dawning
- 8.Ten Percenter
- 9.Brackish Boy
- 10.Two Spaces
- 11.Tossed [Instrumental Version]
- 12.Parry the Wind High, Low
- 13.Adda Lee
- 14.Every Time I Go Around Here
- 15.Don't Ya Rile 'Em
Personnel: Frank Black (vocals, guitar); Joey Santiago, Moris Tepper, David Sardy (guitar); John Linnell, Kurt Hoffman (saxophone); Eric Drew Feldman (bass, keyboards, synthesizer); Nick Vincent (drums, percussion); Bob Giusti (drums).
Recorded at The Clubhouse, Burbank, California.
All songs written by Frank Black except "Hang On To Your Ego" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher).
Frank Black was known as Black Francis when he was lead singer of the Pixies.
Personnel: David Sardy, Joey Santiago , Moris Tepper (guitar); John Linnell, Kurt Hoffman (saxophone); Bob Giusti (drums).
Audio Mixer: Al Clay.
Recording information: Master Control Studio, Burbank, CA; The Clubhouse, Burbank, CA.
Photographers: Michael Halsband; Simon Larbalestier.
Shortly after disbanding the Pixies in 1993, Frank Black (previously known as Black Francis and born Charles Thompson) unveiled his self-titled solo debut. Fans of his former band could take comfort from the presence of Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and latter-day auxiliary keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman, but FRANK BLACK makes it clear that the singer/guitarist was eager to move beyond his fierce signature sound, as revealed by the chiming melodies of "I Heard Ramona Sing" and a synthesizer-driven, New Wave-inspired take on the Beach Boys' "Hang On to Your Ego." That's not to say that Black had forgotten how to rock out; the surging opening single, "Los Angeles," and the lurching "Ten Percenter" are fast-paced, guitar-heavy tunes that nicely counterbalance the record's lighter moments, such as the dreamy "Places Named After Numbers" and the woozy "Every Time I Go Around Here." While not a radical departure from Pixies territory, FRANK BLACK finds the alt-rock hero venturing beyond familiar territory on this eclectic, assured solo debut.