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Black Francis - Bluefinger (2007) front cover.jpg
Studio album by Black Francis
Released September 2007
Recorded September 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:11
Label Cooking Vinyl
Producer Mark Lemhouse
Black Francis chronology
Frank Black 93–03
Svn Fngrs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
NME 7/10 stars[4]
No Ripcord (8/10)[5]
Now Magazine 4/5 stars[6]
Mojo (8/10)[7]
Paste 3.5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Black Francis pays a tribute to Herman Brood near his statue in Zwolle, Netherlands on February 29, 2008

Bluefinger is an album by Black Francis[11] (aka Frank Black). The album was released on 11 September 2007 in the United States and Europe. The project was revealed via several cryptic posts by Black on his unofficial website,[12] which were confirmed as accurate when the album leaked to file-sharing services earlier in the year.

All of the songs on the album reference Dutch musician and artist Herman Brood, some directly and some indirectly. In addition, "You Can't Break a Heart and Have It" is a Brood cover. The title of the album, Bluefinger, is also a direct reference to the birthplace of Brood, who was born in the Dutch city of Zwolle, of which the citizens are colloquially known as Blauwvingers (Bluefingers).

The song "Threshold Apprehension" was #90 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[13]

"You Can't Break a Heart and Have It" was included in the soundtrack for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

In 2010, Bluefinger was adapted into a play/rock opera, in collaboration with Jason Nodler, for Houston's acclaimed Catastrophic Theatre.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Black Francis except where noted

  1. "Captain Pasty" - 2:23
  2. "Threshold Apprehension" - 5:12
  3. "Test Pilot Blues" - 2:55
  4. "Lolita" - 2:59
  5. "Tight Black Rubber" - 4:17
  6. "Angels Come to Comfort You" - 4:25
  7. "Your Mouth Into Mine" - 3:41
  8. "Discotheque 36" - 4:40
  9. "You Can't Break a Heart and Have It" (Herman Brood) - 2:36
  10. "She Took All the Money" - 2:30
  11. "Bluefinger" - 3:29
  12. "Polly's Into Me" (iTunes Bonus Track) - 4:43
  13. "Virginia Reel" (iTunes Bonus Track) - 4:44


  • Jason Carter – Drums, Engineer, Mixing
  • Violet Clark – Vocals
  • Richard Hermitage – Management
  • James Jefferson – Design
  • Mark Lemhouse – Percussion, Background Vocals, Producer
  • Myles Mangino – Mastering, Mixing
  • Thaddeus Moore – Engineer
  • Dan Schmid – Bass
  • Julian Clark - artwork