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Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko Case

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Album Review

Neko Case hasn't had much need to prove her credentials as a major artist since making her solo debut with 1997's The Virginian, but she's been refining her skills in the recording studio on each subsequent release, and with 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood she's fashioned an album that can cautiously be called a masterpiece. As always, Case's voice, an instrument of impressive strength, grace, and expressive power, is the star of this show, and she's never sounded better than she does here, but what sets this apart from her other fine work is her growth as a songwriter and producer. Case wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks on Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, and her tales of failed friendship, faith stretched to the breaking point, and love that causes as much ache as comfort are subtle and expressionistic but deeply evocative, conjuring images and feelings that linger long after the album has ended, especially the spectral "Star Witness," the moody yet romantic "That Teenage Feeling" and "Hold on, Hold On," and the darkly beautiful closer, "The Needle Has Landed." And Case and her co-producer, Darryl Neudorf, have assembled a superb cast of musicians to accompany these songs, among them members of the Sadies and Calexico as well as Garth Hudson of the Band, Howe Gelb from Giant Sand, and Kelly Hogan. Together they've sculpted a dozen elegant sonic landscapes that are beautiful and richly detailed while meshing with the moody textures of the songs in their open space and unwillingness to crowd either the singer or the other players. The cumulative effect mirrors both the beauty and the sadness that lurks within the human heart, and Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is a rich, mature, and deeply satisfying piece of music that deserves and demands attention — if this isn't Album of the Year material, it's hard to say what is.

Customer Reviews

Repackaged version of masterpiece

Note that this album is a repackaged version of Neko's 2006 release. Anti re-packaged the album with some bonus tracks (only one of which appears here, listed as "Behind the House" which was a 2002, but the 30-second preview is actually the lead track from the Furnace Room Lullaby album) when they re-issued Furnace Room Lullaby and Blacklisted. The album cover that Gormar complains about in his review was part of Anti's re-packaging effort. The original cover is a painting seen on another version available at iTunes. As for his complaint that the title is pretentious, Neko took the title from Ukrainian folk lore, which inspired some of the songs on this album (including the title track). In other words, you may think it's pretentious if you don't understand it, but that doesn't make it so. I cannot heap enough praise on this album. Buy it and enjoy.

Neko is FANTASTIC but is this a rerelease?

I love the album, my wife loves the album, my five year old daughter LOVES the album but we've been listening to the album for a year. On iTunes there appears to be at list three different listing for the same album with different release dates. What gives? Anyways if you haven't bought this already all 13 tracks are awesome.

it doesn't get any better

This album takes you places. These songs will haunt you, in a good way. The melodies offer heartbreaking little twists and when the music is combined with her story-telling, she gets to the deepest part of you. Her back-up musicians add such great color to the songs as well, just enough to perfect the song, nothing more.

Biography

Born: September 8, 1970 in Alexandria, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative country singer/songwriter Neko Case won a steadily growing cult audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Case moved around often as a child, spending the largest part of her youth in Tacoma, Washington. She left her parents at age 15, and three years later she started playing drums for several bands on the Northwest's punk rock scene. Case moved to Vancouver in 1994 to enter art school, and simultaneously joined the...
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