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Teenager of the Year is Frank Black's second solo album. Black, formally a member of the Pixies under the name Black Francis, is in his prime here, with some of the catchest songs he has recorded. A twenty-two song double-album, Teenager of the Year crosses many genuras, including punk and pop-rock. He also strays far from the Pixies style, even though hints of the Pixies are there. The twenty-two song album clocks in at 1:02, but hardly seems that long. The tracks are as follows:

  1. Whatever Happened to Pong? - 1:34
  2. Thalassocracy - 1:33
  3. (I Want to Live on an) Abstract Plain - 2:17
  4. Calistan - 3:22
  5. The Vanishing Spies - 3:37
  6. Speedy Marie - 3:33
  7. Headache - 2:52
  8. Sir Rockaby - 2:54
  9. Freedom Rock - 4:16
  10. Two Reelers - 3:01
  11. Fiddle Riddle - 3:29
  12. Ole Mulholland - 4:41
  13. Fazer Eyes - 3:36
  14. I Could Stay Here Forever - 2:27
  15. The Hostess With the Mostest - 1:56
  16. Superabound - 3:10
  17. Big Red - 2:41
  18. Space Is Gonna Do Me Good - 2:22
  19. White Noise Maker - 2:42
  20. Pure Denizen of the Citizens Band - 2:20
  21. Bad, Wicked World - 1:57
  22. Pie in the Sky - 2:13

The two opening tracks, Whatever Happened to Pong? and Thalassocracy begin the album on a great start. Frank pens a love song on Speedy Marie, where the first letters of each line spell out is girlfriends name. The albums second half, while not being as interesting as its' first nine songs, still has its' moments. Two Reelers is about the Three Stoges, while Ole Mulholland is a biography on William Mulholland. The albums second half, while not being as interesting as its' first nine songs, still has its' moments. All this creativity adds up to a great album, esstential for Pixies fans.

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