Frank Black & The Catholics – Pistolero

ARTIST: Frank Black & the Catholics              220px-Fb-pistolero

TITLE: Pistolero



SINGLES: I Gotta Move

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Bad Harmony, I Love Your Brain.

LINEUP: Frank Black, Scott Boutier, David McCaffery, Rich Gilbert

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from Frank Black’s group continues his foray into straight rock and roll. The songs are a bit more off-kilter in a Frank Black way.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “More Rock!” is what Frank Black decreed, and thus, the second record from his association with the Catholics rocks in much the same way as the first. Yet here, the songs are more Frank Black-ian, with twists and turns, manic vocals, and off-kilter subjects.

It’s still pretty straight forward, production wise, as it was recorded live to two track. Yet the songs themselves are varied enough to avoid the same-same sound. Black and Rich Gilbert’s guitars mesh well together, though Gilbert’s not as adventurous as Joey Santiago.

It’s not the Pixies, but it’s what we had by him in 1999, and that was fine.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Rich Gilbert became the group’s lead guitarist for this album 


GRADE: A-:  It’s rock, with weirdness, but not really weird rock.


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