Mike Flaherty
June 03, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Teenager of the Year

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Frank Black
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

On Teenager of the Year, his second solo album since the demise of the Pixies, Frank Black adopts a slightly less sprawling sound but maintains his penchant for turbulent, eclectic pop. Even when spewing obscure lyrics, he’s an unabashed romantic-but one more likely to be smitten with technology, cosmic phenomena, or a long-lost video game (“Whatever Happened to Pong?”) than with anything as mundane as love or relationships. Poetic visionary or lovable crackpot? You be the judge. A-

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