The Greatest Albums of the 2000s

Neko_Case_-_Fox_Confessor_Brings_The_Flood#17.  Neko Case- Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006): On my way to one of her shows at the Park West in Chicago, a friend asked me to describe her music.  I replied that it sounded like Patsy Cline outtakes, but on acid.  I’m sure that’s not original.  In fact I know its not because Cline is the artist to whom Case is most often compared.  The comparisons are obvious.  The genres are similar and with both, you hear vocals that will stop you in your tracks.  But Case’s music isn’t all just a replica.  On Fox Confessor – a vacation from Case’s regular gig with the New Pornagraphers – Case puts together a beautiful album filled with a wide assortment of instruments, played by pros.  The song structures are unique in that you won’t hear catchy choruses.  Still, Case’s voice is front and center, and for that alone this album does not disappoint.  If you fancy alt-country, or even traditional country western you will love this album; but there’s still a lot in here for those (like me) that don’t

Faves: Margaret v. Pauline, A Widow’s Toast, That Teenage Feeling, John Saw that Number

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