Frank Black: Michael Halsband

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June 19, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The reunited Pixies have yet to release a new studio CD, but their frontman Frank Black keeps the solo projects coming. Fast Man Raider Man, a double album heats up the twangy, Southern-gothic soul of last year’s Honeycomb. It’s expertly played (by veterans Levon Helm, Spooner Oldham, Jim Keltner, and members of Booker T. and the MGs). But Black’s voice is less interesting when he’s not going postal with the Pixies; here he delivers dark visions wanly, with a nod to Nick Cave and a saving touch of camp. Live, the set’s bar-band mojo would probably sound great.

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