Honeycomb (album)

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Honeycomb
Studio album by Frank Black
Released July 19, 2005
Recorded by Dan Penn at Nashville, additional recording by Ben Mumphrey, mixed by Earl Drake, additional mixing by Dan Penn & Jon Tiven
Genre Americana, alt.country, Southern soul
Length 50:19
Label Back Porch / Cooking Vinyl
Producer Jon Tiven
Frank Black chronology
Frank Black Francis
(2004)
Honeycomb
(2005)
Fast Man Raider Man
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[2]
Filter (86/100)[3]
NME 8/10 stars[4]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[7]
Spin 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine C−[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

Honeycomb is the tenth studio album by American alternative rock musician Frank Black, released in July 2005 on Back Porch Records. His first original solo work since 1996's The Cult of Ray, Honeycomb was recorded in Nashville, and features notable local session musicians, such as Steve Cropper and ex-Presley guitarist Reggie Young.

Background[edit]

Frank Black had discussed making a Black on Blonde record for about ten years with producer Jon Tiven, where he would travel to Nashville (like Dylan with Blonde on Blonde) and record with local musicians. In 2005, Black eventually found the time to record such an album. He went to Nashville and met with musicians whom Tiven had selected for the record.[11]

Covers[edit]

Unusually for a Frank Black album, it has 3 cover songs: "Song of the Shrimp," "Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day" (by Doug Sahm) and "Dark End of the Street". Black said that, for the cover of "Song of the Shrimp," he took his cue from the version by Townes Van Zandt, adding that he had never heard Elvis Presley's version.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Frank Black except where noted.

  1. "Selkie Bride" – 3:08
  2. "I Burn Today" – 4:09
  3. "Lone Child" – 3:14
  4. "Another Velvet Nightmare" (Black, Reid Paley) – 4:36
  5. "Dark End of the Street" (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 3:56
  6. "Go Find Your Saint" – 2:05
  7. "Song of the Shrimp" (Roy C. Bennett, Sid Tepper) – 3:10
  8. "Strange Goodbye" – 2:12
  9. "Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day" (Doug Sahm) – 4:07
  10. "Honeycomb" – 3:57
  11. "My Life Is in Storage" – 5:41
  12. "Atom in My Heart" – 2:46
  13. "Violet" – 2:14
  14. "Sing For Joy" – 5:04

Personnel[edit]

Notes and references[edit]