Thursday, June 15, 2006

Fast Man Raider Man

Posted on Thu, Jun 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Fast Man Raider Man
Label: Back Porch
Length: EP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Fast Man Raider Man
Two CDs, 27 songs. Overkill, perhaps? Yes. Somewhere there's a bootlegger crying over his CD burner. These days, everyone is Ryan Adams. No more outtakes ' just release everything and let the listener sort it out. On Fast Man, Black kept to an informal, impulsive recording schedule. In Nashville, he'd ring up his producer, Jon Tiven, and have him gather the finest players available on short notice ' Steve Cropper, Spooner Oldham, Free's Simon Kirke, Buddy Miller, Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson; in L.A., he rounded up drummer Steve Ferrone, bassist Carol Kaye and P.F. Sloan. Black's come a long way from the Pixies, and the assurance of working with overly competent studio pros has enabled him to slip into Americana mode without sounding disturbingly out of place. Much like 2005's Honeycomb, Fast Man Raider Man uses traditional forms, specializing in soul ballads ('Fast Manâ?�) and classics (Ewan MacColl's 'Dirty Old Townâ?�) that economize on the electricity spent without sacrificing too much power.

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