This is possibly the very first Alt-Country album that I bought, discovering Neko through the wonderful New Pornographers. I was so enamoured by her voice that I ran out and bought whatever albums of hers that I could find. I was suprised, then, to discover that her music wan't poppy at all, but instead...country? I was a little skeptical at first, but it didn't take me long to fall completely in love with this album, and the rest of her work (which I highly reccommend). Neko possesses a voice so unique that I'm hard pressed to compare her to anyone from the past...the way she belts out her songs is just so incredible, that you can't help but love everything she does. This how country is suppossed to sound: dark, twisted, and full of despair and longing, not this Shania Twain drivel we're subjected to on a regular basis. She creates a wonderful atmosphere of creepiness with songs like "Deep Red Bells" and "Things That Scare Me", while retaning her softer side with tunes like "Tightly" and "I Wish I Were The Moon". The best of the bunch, however, is a cover of "I'll Be Around", which is tranformed into a eerie nightclub number in which Miss Case really lets loose. Pick this gem up; you WON'T be dissapointed.
The Virginian, Furnace Room Lullaby
The New Pornographers-Mass Romantic, Electric Version
Loretta Lynn-Van Lear Rose
The Sadies-Tremendous Efforts
Trailer Bride-Hope Is A Thing With Feathers