7 March 2013

7th March - Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Artist – Album: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Released:  7th March 2006
Sounds Like: Our home and native land

Over the last decade or so, Canadian music has been enjoying something of a renaissance, a growing upsurge in the number of exciting, cool and influential bands taking up the mantle of Joni Mitchell and Neil Young and vastly at odds with the more recent purveyors of the Canuck sound such as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Alanis Morrisette. Whereas at the turn of the millennium it was Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne who lived it up C-country style, it was thankfully a different group of groups - Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and Wolf Parade to name a few - who kept the ball rolling, eh.
Neko Case herself isn’t actually from Canada – she hails from Virginia – but she first rose to prominence in the Vancouver based supergroup The New Pornographers, certainly one of the best bands anywhere in the last 20 years. There she teamed up with an indie rock collective (also featuring the previously blogged aboot Destroyer aka Dan Bejar) who harnessed her songwriting skills and beguiling, distinctive vocals to create sparkling indie rock. Solo, the tempo is down and the songs are less hook-laden but her talent for pop craft and maximisation of her brilliant voice remain as good as ever.
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is widely considered to be Case’s finest individual hour. It’s a consistently strong set speckled with a few outstanding gems. ‘Star Witness’ has a shimmering beauty, surprisingly being about witnessing a car crash. ‘John Saw That Number’ sounds ancient and olde worlde.  Worth a listen buddy. (I’m not your buddy, friend. He’s not your friend, guy. I’m not your guy, buddy...)
Albumaday... rating: 8/10

1.   Margaret vs. Pauline – 2:52
2.       Star Witness – 5:16
3.       Hold On, Hold On – 2:46
4.       A Widow’s Toast – 1:36
5.       That Teenage Feeling – 2:42
6.       Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – 2:42
7.       John Saw That Number – 4:06
8.       Dirty Knife – 3:18
9.       Lion’s Jaws – 2:28
10.     Maybe Sparrow – 2:37
11.     At Last – 1:35
12.     The Needle Has Landed – 3:45

Listen to ‘Star Witness’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi6keFpm-BY

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