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Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko CaseAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her forthcoming Anti- release, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and ... Read more in Amazon's Neko Case Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000CS4L1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Margaret Vs. Pauline - Neko Case
2. Star Witness - Neko Case
3. Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
4. A Widow's Toast - Neko Case
5. That Teenage Feeling - Neko Case
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

Editorial Reviews

Nine seconds into her first studio album since 2002's Blacklisted, and there it is. You can't miss it. The voice. Instantly recognizable and uniquely commanding, it has been uniformly overlooked by the masses and beloved by those who have caught on. And, believe it or not, it gets even better, whether Neko Case is warbling like a porch-swing neighbor to Loretta Lynn ("Margaret vs. Paulene," "John Saw That Number"), pontificating from the spiritual pulpit of Etta James ("Lion's Jaws," "Maybe Sparrow"), or unleashing the high-octane zeal of a power-pop spitfire ("Hold On Hold On," "The Needle Has Landed"). Her uncanny, often eccentric lyrics have always been delivered with an inherent passion behind the impulse, but rarely have they approached the boldness of these dozen--many of which were inspired by generations of tales from her Ukrainian ancestors. As usual, Case's industry running buddies collaborate to make the sounds behind her, from Calexico to Howe Gelb of Giant Sand to the Band's renowned Garth Hudson. Still, it all comes back to the voice, that serenading urgency that asks in the title song, "How can people not know what beauty this is?" Yes, there are some to ask, how not? --Scott Holter

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Product Description

Neko is a major poet by any standard, a songwriter less interested perhaps in traditional narrative form than in distilling a pure moment of time. She claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. More than anything she thrives in the spaces in between her music. After two years in the making, "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood" is in many ways the sum total of her journey.

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Case for a Great Voice - ****1/2 March 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Neko Case's stock must be on the rise - I saw this CD on the "new releases" page of the weekly Best Buy ad, the page usually reserved for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Matchbox 20. This may be her "crossover" album into mainstream success, and I'd be crazy to say it isn't well-deserved. There are two sides to Neko - the rockin' singer in the New Pornographers (whose popularity also seems on the upswing), and the countrified chanteuse of her solo albums. She's been compared vocally more than once to Patsy Cline, and that's a fair analogy. Her clear, achy voice rings out through all these songs, which seem generally more folky, and even at times jazzy, than on the previous albums, which were more steeped in country tradition. There are hints of gospel too (the traditional "John Saw That Number"). The strongest tracks for me, hearing this for the third time, are "Hold On Hold On" and "Star Witness". "That Teenage Feeling" is another fine song (I love the illustration for it in the booklet: a runaway tractor-trailer with "I love you" painted on the side.) The cover art is a bit odd in an Edward-Gorey kind of way, and some of her lyrics are a bit surreal. Also, the production is "alt-country reverb", an effect also used by bands like My Morning Jacket - I find it a little annoying after a while. But quibbles aside, there's no masking or denying That Voice, one of the most impressive in pop music right now. And I'm glad she's getting the widespread recognition she deserves.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ghosts in the reverb February 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i have been a loyal fan of Neko case ever since her voice stopped me dead in my tracks on the song "Twist The Knife" from the Furnace Room Lullabye album. and i have been set to pounce and devour any new album that comes out with her on it. on her earlier works (like Furnace Room Lullabye), she seemed like she was growing into her role as a solo performer and as a singer with a blessed set of beautiful pipes. the music seemed fit for her voice and most of it seemed as though it were written specifically for her in mind (including the cover songs, strangely enough).

then, when Blacklisted came was released, there was a sense of change in the air. nothing in her overall sound was drastically overhauled, but there was a certain "witchy" way that had crept into the sonic pallete. the songs seemed to grow more ghostly, the lyrics a bit more obscure, and the overall atmosphere had garnered a little bit more fog, and more dust.

in this environment, Neko seemed to really find her voice. not the outer voice, but something channeled from deep inside her.

now, with her excellent Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (is that title obscure enough for ya?) album; all the elements seem to have fallen into place and the results are nothing short of spectacular. the opening salvo of "Margaret Vs. Pauline," "Star Witness," and "Hold On, Hold On" are enough to warrant purchase of the album immedietely. each song seems to be woven from a quilt of country music's past greats and yet infuses them with a disctincly hazy, reverb-soaked haze that would make your average David Lynch fan take notice. within these first three songs, there also seems to be a bit of a harmonic nod to older folky bands such as The Mamas & The Papas and The Byrds.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive cohesive whole September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
With her flaming red hair and imposing good looks, Neko Case strikes an impressive pose, but that's nothing compared to the development of her singing and songwriting over the past few years. This album bathes her strong voice with echoing reverb, making her tales of love and loss seem even more apocalyptic. Case mixes country, folk and pop with an unusual deftness that sets her apart from the veritable army of female singer songwriters on todays music scene, and with backup from the likes of Calexico, one of the finest roots rock groups around, the music meshes very well with the lyrics.

Songs like "Star Witness" and "Margaret vs. Pauline" tackle working class themes and issues without the slightest smirk and are devastating performances. Surprising, yet equally powerful are the gospel influences in the music, most overtly brought forth in "John Saw That Number." But the theme that most pervades the album is one of hope amidst a great struggle, exemplified by songs like "That Teenage Feeling" and "Maybe Sparrow" which acknowledge the hardships of ordinary life but never give into depression or clinched optimism, just small hard won triumphs. This album itself is a triumph of class, dignity and open minded musicians drawing from many different genres and ideas to create an impressive cohesive whole.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unfinished symphonies May 6, 2006
By elisa
Format:Audio CD
This is the most complex album Neko Case has done. Her lyrics, which have always leaned toward obscure personal references, have never been more allegorical. Her music, which showcases elements of country, pop, folk, rockabilly and soul, has never been more multi-layered. My problem with this record is that just when I begin to settle into a song, tap my toes, bob my head...the song is over. The title track, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," mines Neko's particular brand of darkly twisting country pop, with some eerie guitar work by Giant Sand man Howe Gelb. But just as the song doubles back on itself and begins to repeat a theme, it's done. The same could be said of "Dirty Knife." Just as it builds into an eerie, murderous folk ballad (with help from Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino), the song ends. "Lion's Jaws" sighs and sways like a romantic `60s pop ballad, but just as you begin to sway with it, the song's through.

Neko has said in interviews that she believes her songs have more meaning and power if she says what she has to say and gets out, a practice she began on her third record, Blacklisted. But I'd love to hear a few more verses of the lilting "Maybe Sparrow," which clocks in at just over 2 & a half minutes, or the wistful "At Last," which is just over 1 minute, 20 seconds. Each song is an unfinished symphony that hints at only the tip of the iceberg.

When Neko gives a song her full attention and time, she is capable of miracles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First time buy
I love her voice,but the words are simple at times.After one cd they all sound alike anyway.I may not buy another of hers.And I prefer to read the words,not look at drawings.
Published 4 months ago by susan joyce woodley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem from One Song to the Next, a Journey You Will Want Many Times...
For me every song is a lovely experience. Neko's voice can take me away. She has her own unique sound despite each album being different from the previous one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Jankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars New Artist to Me
I am an older music lover, and still listen to much of the older tunes. I like to try demo tracks of newer artists to see if anything I like. That is how I found her. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C Robert Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't personally like the artist.
Doesn't mean it is a bad CD.
Great, got it for a friend. Loves the quality it came.
Awesome gift.
Published 16 months ago by Alexis Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars A Confession
There are no bad tracks on this album. No 'fast forward' moments. FOX CONFESSOR BRINGS THE FLOOD is a classic album, just like BLACKLISTED. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel A. Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant sounding LP, but
I'll leave it to others to dissect the songs.

I too would like to hear Ms Case turn off the electronics and let us her her voice naked (for lack of a better term). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bubo
2.0 out of 5 stars electronic noise
I first heard Neko Case on a 'folk' station. I purchased this, Fox Confessor' album. It is so electronically modified, it reminds me of some old '60's stuff. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with her voice
Then fall in love with her songs. This cd showcases the considerable range of Neco's vocal abilities and song writing skills. Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Chris Shulda
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neko's strongest albums
Neko Case reminds me of Bjork in this way: She's had a history of being a standout collaborator (New Pornographers, etc. Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by M. Drudzinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a "WOW" CD
Neko Case has an extremely powerful voice. But its her varied style of music that matches her voice that really makes this CD a true hit with me.
Published on July 20, 2010 by Stephen
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