Honeycomb (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 2005
GenreAmericana, alternative country, Southern soul
LabelBack Porch / Cooking Vinyl
ProducerJon Tiven
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Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
The Guardian5/5 stars[6]
Popmatters4/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

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.


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.[12] Black said, "I knew he'd ask all stellar people, though I had no idea it was going to be guys like Steve Cropper. They were challenged... well, more amused than challenged. I don't think it was hard for them, but they had to think a little bit."[13]


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.[14]

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



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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Frank Black: Honeycomb". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ Browne, David (18 July 2005). "Honeycomb". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Sterry, Mike. "Black, Frank : Honeycomb". NME. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ Clarke, Betty (14 July 2005). "CD: Frank Black, Honeycomb". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe (19 July 2005). "Frank Black: Honeycomb". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ Lundy, Zeth (9 August 2005). "Frank Black: Honeycomb". Popmatters. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Frank Black: Honeycomb". Rolling Stone: 82. August 2005.
  10. ^ "Frank Black: Honeycomb". Spin: 97. August 2005.
  11. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (29 July 2005). "Frank Black – Honeycomb". Uncut. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  12. ^ Ascott, Phil. "Frank Black". Total Guitar. #140. September 2005
  13. ^ Barney Hoskyns. "The Backpages Interview: Frank Black". Rock's Backpages.(Subscription required.)
  14. ^ "Interview: Frank Black – Uncut.co.uk". Archived from the original on October 28, 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-04.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)