Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Neko Case- Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (2006)

Neko Case is a member of the prolific Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, but her solo material similar has a distinctly alternative country feel to it similar to Calexico, Cass McCombs or Camera Obscura. On Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, what I consider her best work, Case is joined by a talented array of musicians including members of Calexico and The Band. She uses her instantly recognizable beautiful voice, multi-tracked to create some of the most spine-tingling harmonies I've ever heard, to tell stories of nostalgia and heartbreak. The music behind her ranges from acoustic ballads to twangy rock compositions.

Her blatant knack for good songwriting shines through as loudly as her siren-like voice on Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. It's a varied but undeniably consistent album, one that gets better with every listen. It's eclectic mix of genres and instruments calls to mind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. "Star Witness" is one of the most well written songs ever, possibly her best, and "Hold On, Hold On," "That Teenage Feeling," and the dreamy "The Needle Has Landed" are other highlights. If you like Feist's The Reminder, you'll immediately recognize Neko Case's similarly astonishing songwriting talent . Click to sample or buy below.

1. Margaret vs. Pauline
2. Star Witness
3. Hold On, Hold On
4. A Widow's Toast
5. That Teenage Feeling
6. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
7. John Saw That Number
8. Dirty Knife
9. Lion's Jaws
10. Maybe Sparrow
11. At Last
12. The Needle Has Landed

Buy the Vinyl / CD at Neko Case's Website

Recommended If You Like: Calexico, Jenny Lewis, Feist, The Mountain Goats, Wilco, Camera Obscura

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