On September 11th 2007, something happened that will change Rock n' Roll forever. A watershed moment of sorts occurred. Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black) resumed using his original pseudonym, Black Francis, and released what is likely the most important album of the past several years.
Bluefinger is just amazing. It's a return to the style Thompson made famous with The Pixies. It sounds like the album you'd expect Thompson to have made after The Pixies, more so than the work he did as Frank Black with The Catholics.
Thompson's solo work as Frank Black is straight up rock n' roll, with ventures into country and alternative. His new solo work as Black Francis is a return to a style more similar to that of The Pixies or Nirvana. It's raw, loose, driving, punk influenced alternative rock. It's not over-produced. It sports a sound that you can only get when you put away the polish and focus on the intensity. It's like a breath of fresh air.
Almost everyone I know has been listening to this album the past week. If you are not listening to it, you should be. Get on the band wagon. You can listen to the entire album from the website. Go go go..