Posted by: will | April 15, 2006

Neko Case…

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Neko Case "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood" (Anti)

The lovely and talented Neko Case returns with her fourth studio album, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. I first heard of Miss Case in her performances in the outstanding Canadian pop-supergroup The New Pornograpehers. Little did I know at the time that Case possessed such an incredible talent as a solo artist as well. This is the follow-up to Case's brilliant third album, 2002's Blacklisted. While Case has released a fine cannon of albums in her career, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood could well be her masterpiece. It picks up where Blacklisted left off and is arguably the most cohesive and consistent record she has done.

There seems to be a consistent theme throughout this sprawling record. It is a theme of heartbreak, sadness and loneliness. It's the soundtrack I can imagine playing in my head if I ever got lost wandering through the countryside. There is a beautiful vastness to this record. It is all held together by the strong and gorgeous vocal stylings of Case. Whether Case's lyrics touch on murder and death or love gone lost, her vocals still ring true with absolute conviction. Words simply can not describe the power held in Neko Case's vocals. It is quite amazing.

An artist of Neko Case's stature only comes along so often. It's comforting to know that Case has found a willing audience within many indie rock circles that has welcomed her with open arms. I find it disappointing that Case has not been able to cross over into a real country audience though. Maybe she is not even trying to at this point. It's sad though because she is the spitting image of some of the most legendary female country artists of the past fifty years. I'm afraid that too many people may be missing out on how special Neko Case really is.

RIYL: The New Pornographers, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton

Listen:

Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On (mp3)

Neko Case – Star Witness (mp3)

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Responses

  1. Neko also has a 2004 CD called “The Tigers have Spoken”. I found her through the New Pornographers like you. I think she’s got an amazing voice.

  2. Neko’s “The Tigers Have Spoken” was a live album. That is why it was not mentioned in this review in regards to her four proper studio albums.


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