Honeycomb (140g Translucent Honey Vinyl) [VINYL]
Color vinyl, Reissued, LP
Product Dimensions : 0.3 x 31.5 x 31.5 cm; 250 Grams
Manufacturer : Demon Records
Original Release Date : 2021
Label : Demon Records
ASIN : B08XCWF3CZ
Number of discs : 1
Demon Records is proud to present a new series of vinyl reissues from American singer-songwriter Black Francis / Frank Black. First released in 2005, Honeycomb is the tenth studio album by Frank Black. For almost a decade, Frank Black discussed making a “black on Blonde” Album with producer Jon Tiven. In 2005, Black travelled to Nashville and recorded with legendary local session musicians including Steve cropper, Reggie young, Anton fig and spooner oldham. Now available on vinyl for the very first time, This reissue features the complete album pressed on 140g translucent-honey vinyl, housed in a printed inner sleeve featuring photographs by Michael halsband. Stand out tracks include ‘I burn today’, ‘lone child’ And the title song ‘Honeycomb’.
this album is amazing. Period. Sometimes I still wonder how this guy can shift from stuff like the songs on Teenager of the year to songs like these, and everything that goes in between. Honeycomb features some of the finest moments of Black since the release of Dog in the sand. Selkie Bride, I burn today, Strange goodbye and Sing for joy are just some of the most emotional songs ever written by FB, but actually there is not a single weak point in this album. Just buy it.
Certainly, any fan of the Pixies unfamiliar with Black’s solo output may cry out at the apparent sacrilege this album is, yet in further examination anyone would appreciate that Honeycomb is both a sign of musical maturity and, ultimately, -I”m going out on a limb- a quiet, Country-like form of the Pixies’ angst-ridden message. I know some will frown at this, so I don’t ask to believe me but give this idea a chance.
For those who already enjoy Black’s former albums -particularly with the Catholics- this may be a reason to rejoice. Although, to my taste, it may not reach the emotional depths of Dog In The Sand, Honeycomb is a pretty solid album.
The story goes that, on the eve of his first Pixies tour in years, he retreated to Memphis with a bunch of songs he’s been wanting to record -most of which are his own compositions- and with the glorious aid of some session-playing legends, proceeded to lay down these tracks.
Speaking of “the band,” since these people have a lot to do with the quality of this album, the work of Steve Cropper on guitar, Spooner Oldham on keyboards and Anton Fig on drums, definitely stand out. In addition to them, Buddy Miller’s presence must be mantioned although the lack of specific reference makes me unable to say for sure what tunes he’s on.
Now on to the songs, there are several great ones here. Specifically: “Selkie Bride” with its great chorus supported by Ellis Hooks’ vocals and some of the most honest lines I’ve heard, in an after-the-breakup song -“if you return again / I’ll be the saddest man / my lip will burn your skin / if you return again / please don’t return again”- which are likely to stay in your mind for a while.
Besides “Selkie Bride,” I’d list Doug Sams’s “Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day,” the country-like Leonard Cohen’ish feel of “My Life Is In Storage,” “Violet” and the Southern Soul mood of “Dark End Of The Street.”
All in all, this an album to own and appreciate through repeated listenings -particularly in the early morning or late at night- and let yourself be enveloped by the unhurried feel of Black’s confessions. This is not mellow but quiet, the restrained passion of personal wisdom, fierce in its own way, willing to let you in on some truths about love and loss.