Frank Black, the yin to Jack White’s yang, released Teenage Of The Year twenty-five years ago. Bloody hell. This LP is widely regarded as one of the best things Black has ever done - and that’s including all the stuff he made with Pixies - so there’s not really too much more that we need to say to convince you of its worth. Loud, quiet, loud and so forth.
CD £7.99 GAD4009CD
CD on 4AD.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £25.49 DAD4009LPE
Limited edition white vinyl reissue 2LP on 4AD.
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
- Record Store Day item
Vinyl Double LP £13.99
USED DBL LP on 4AD - EX/VG+ (bottom left corner bump).
8/10 Penrith Steve 6th November 2014
“Teenager Of The Year” is Frank Black’s best solo album. It has the energy that was last seen on the Pixies “Trompe Le Monde”, it follows the Pixies ethos of having lots of short songs rather than the conventional 10 or 12, and has Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago playing on it. The opening few notes of first track “What Ever Happened To Pong” are so typical of Santiago’s playing, I am immediately comforted by them. Critically, Frank Black’s albums have always disappointed and I think that generally this is unfair. For example, “(I Want To Live) On An Abstract Plain” is better than anything on the Pixies’ “Bossanova”. If none of this convinces you to buy it, then it does have his best song on too “Headache”, which is more-or-less, as good as anything he’s done.
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