Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

by Neko CaseNeko Case

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Overview

Neko Case has always been something of a chameleon, a woman capable of manipulating her stunning voice into everything from a torchy purr to a bone-chilling wail. On this, her fourth solo album, she manages to work both ends of that spectrum with ease, waxing both faithful (on her reworking of the hymnal staple "John Saw That Number") and faithless (as on the woozy "A Widow's Toast"). Case taps into the darker parts of the psyche more on this album than she has in quite a while, forging an uneasy sort of bond between classic Carter Family murder balladry and post-James Ellroy peeks into society's underbelly. Those two realms merge with transfixing results on "Dirty Knife," a brooding piece that weaves a tale of a family whose members all go insane simultaneously. She's abetted here by a number of collaborators, the most intriguing of them being longtime Band keyboardist Garth Hudson, who adds a brief note of whimsy to the ultimately tragic "Maybe Sparrow" with his swirling organ and brings a ghostly pallor to the Appalachia-scented "Star Witness" with a subtly insistent piano line. Atypical arrangements and instrumentation are the order of the day -- the hammered dulcimer that guides "The Needle Has Landed" is an especially inspired choice -- but at the end of the day, it's Case's voice that hypnotizes, its siren-like allure beckoning listeners far beyond the normal rock 'n' roll breakwall. It's a trip that's worth taking.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778677726
catalogNumber: 86777
Rank: 8857

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neko Case   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer,6-string bass,Tambo Drums,Guitar (Electric Tenor)
Joey Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Cello,Bowed Bass,Upright Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Sean Dean   Upright Bass
Kelly Hogan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Piano
Dexter Romweber   Electric Guitar
Travis   Electric Guitar
Tom Ray   Upright Bass
John Convertino   Drums
Howe Gelb   Piano,Electric Guitar
Brian Connelly   Electric Guitar
Jon Rauhouse   Banjo,Hawaiian Guitar,Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar
Dallas Good   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Travis Good   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rachel Flotard   Background Vocals
Tom V. Ray   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Paul Rigby   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Loops,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar Loops
Willie B   Drums
Anna DeWolf   Violin
Mike Belitsky   Drums

Technical Credits

Darryl Neudorf   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Neko Case   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork,Audio Production
Sadies   Composer
Steve Chahley   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Paul Rigby   Arranger,Composer
Sean Gugula   Engineer
Julie Morstad   Cover Design,Drawing

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