March 23, 2005

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Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Anti-, 2006

If you could listen to Baroque or Rococo-era art, Neko Case’s Fox Confessor Brings The Flood is what it might sound like.

If you’ve visited Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media or New Musical Express on the web at least once over the last two months, chances are you have seen the annoying amount of banner ads and news briefs pushing Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. It’s hard not to consider Public Enemy’s words “don’t believe the hype” when you encounter a hype machine of this magnitude, especially after being jaded by the Artic Monkeys. While Fox Confessor is not as explosive as the media has honed it to be, it’s still pretty damned good!

Every song reverberates with its own resonance while Case’s lyrics paint noir-like imagery with Dylan-esque precision. “Margaret vs. Pauline” is a deadpan, start to the album illustrating perfect portraits of two young woman and their diametric lives. The short title track leaves much to be considered as it may just totally blow your mind. But when it comes to the fourth track, “A Widow’s Toast,” as a person who loathes Christmas, I shake at the thought of an awesome Neko Case Christmas album. It’s a sense of greatness in the making.

Hopefully, Ms. Case won’t be written off as easily as many of her fellow hyped songstresses. B+

Daniel Brian


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