Dog in the Sand

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Barnes & Noble - Amy Weivoda
When Frank Black's band the Pixies dissolved in 1993, he delved into a series of solo albums that explored his favorite old obsessions: outer space, California, and screaming surf-rock. Although these albums never got the attention the Pixies enjoyed during alternative rock's glorious early days, each demonstrated Black's ability to craft irresistibly melodic tunes and play the hell out of them. You'd never know it listening to today's radio, but Black hasn't gone away, and he hasn't changed much. He's just gotten better, judging by Dog in the Sand. His big new band, the Catholics seven fellows including Pixies' guitarist Joey Santiago supersize Black's sound and give ...
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Barnes & Noble - Amy Weivoda
When Frank Black's band the Pixies dissolved in 1993, he delved into a series of solo albums that explored his favorite old obsessions: outer space, California, and screaming surf-rock. Although these albums never got the attention the Pixies enjoyed during alternative rock's glorious early days, each demonstrated Black's ability to craft irresistibly melodic tunes and play the hell out of them. You'd never know it listening to today's radio, but Black hasn't gone away, and he hasn't changed much. He's just gotten better, judging by Dog in the Sand. His big new band, the Catholics seven fellows including Pixies' guitarist Joey Santiago supersize Black's sound and give him new tools like pedal steel and banjo to convey his ideas. Surf guitar still washes in and out of his songs, but most of this album is built on bold rock riffs, and it unfolds in a rush of excitement. "Blast Off" is a typical, blood-rushing, Pixies-style rocker, but Black has other moods, too. "Llano Del Rio" is a soft Southwestern journey, and the California nightmare "St. Francis Dam Disaster" is "Wave of Mutilation" all grown-up and thoughtful, and beautiful, still.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Now that he's released more albums as a solo artist than with the Pixies, Frank Black seems comfortable with his place in alternative rock's history. Instead of avoiding the anachronistic tendencies of his old band and his first two solo albums, on Dog in the Sand he embraces them. A happy marriage of his recent work's directness and the whimsical rock of Frank Black and Teenager of the Year, the album also features the return of Eric Drew Feldman and Joey Santiago, which should let longtime Black fans know that this is a more inspired collection than Frank Black and the Catholics or The Cult of Ray. His most interesting work since Teenager of the Year, Dog in the Sand sounds like a slightly slower, rootsier version of that album. The angular riffs and surreal lyrics "I'm in a Beckett trance/From all that chemical" of "Blast Off" recall Black's heyday mixed with the rougher, spontaneous feel of his Catholics work, as does the epic "Robert Onion," which sounds like a distant cousin to Teenager's "Freedom Rock." The Stones-ish "Hermaphroditos" is one of Black's most convincing rockers in years, and features some great, Black Francis-style lyrics: "Forget your yin/And go f*ck your yang." And if they were faster, spaghetti Western ballads like "Bullet" and "Llano del Rio" -- a song about California's first Socialist collective -- could fit on Doolittle. But Dog in the Sand doesn't rehash Black's past triumphs, it expands on them. "I'll Be Blue" and "St. Francis Dam Disaster" prove that his ballads keep growing more genuine and emotional; rootsy pop songs like "Stupid Me," "I've Seen Your Picture," and "If It Takes All Night" feature pedal steel, banjo, and understated keyboards in their thoughtful arrangements. Dog in the Sand may not inspire everyone who listens to it to form their own bands, but it offers its own, lasting pleasures; the most influential years of Black's career might be in the past, but this album makes it clear that not all of his best work is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 711297460025
  • Catalog Number: 1080911
  • Sales rank: 65,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blast Off (7:15)
  2. 2 I've Seen Your Picture (2:51)
  3. 3 St. Francis Dam Disaster (5:02)
  4. 4 Robert Onion (4:00)
  5. 5 Stupid Me (2:31)
  6. 6 Bullet (3:53)
  7. 7 The Swimmer (2:48)
  8. 8 Hermaphroditos (4:12)
  9. 9 I'll Be Blue (3:34)
  10. 10 Llano del Rio (4:14)
  11. 11 If It Takes All Night (3:20)
  12. 12 Dog in the Sand (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Black and the Catholics Primary Artist
Frank Black Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
The Catholics Track Performer
Eric Drew Feldman Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavioline
Rich Gilbert Dobro, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Joey Santiago Guitar
Moris Tepper Banjo, Vocals
Nick Vincent Percussion
Dave McCaffrey Bass, Vocals
Scott Boutier Drums
Dave Philips Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Nick Vincent Producer
Billy Joe Bowers Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent exploration of New Sounds

    I knew he was due for another breakthrough. This album is totally solid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am Jack's faith in Rock and Roll

    Prior to this album, Frank's first solo album was my favorite Black/Pixies work. I was amazed from the first listen how he has surpassed all of his earlier recordings. Powerful without overwhelming, much like ''Doolittle''. Anyone who has any appreciation for pure rock and roll should pick this up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STILL A HUSKER RIP-OFF, BUT.....

    THIS ISN'T A BAD RECORD, BUT IT'S GOING OVER THE REGULAR TERRITORY FOR HIM. YOU'D DO MUCH BETTER TO CHECK OUT GRANT HART'S NEW ALBUM ON PACHYDERM.

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