BLACK FRANCIS

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - KEVIN COURT­NEY

When he staged his re­cent “guer­rilla busk” out­side St Stephen’s Green, Charles Michael Kit­tridge Thompson IV was hus­tled away by gar­daí. What name he gave I don’t know, but the Pix­ies front­man has lately re­verted to his old stage name of Black Francis, and loyal fans should de­light in the stripped-down im­me­di­acy of this mini-album, a seven-song thingy recorded, mixed and art­worked in just seven days. Last year’s Bluefin­ger saw Francis ex­plor­ing his ob­ses­sion with Dutch alt.rock leg­end Her­man Brood, but this record is a more gen­er­alised cel­e­bra­tion of life and death, love and sex. The be­witch­ing lurch of The Seus re­minds you of his old band’s clas­sic track, Bone Ma­chine, while I Sent Away com­presses Francis’s sig­na­ture manic rock’n’roll en­ergy into a neat lit­tle pack­age. The closer, When They Come to Mur­der Me, sees Black Francis leav­ing the devil trail­ing in his dust. www.black francis.net Down­load tracks: The Seus, Seven Fin­gers, Wnen They Come to Mur­der Me

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