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Neko Case Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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1. Things That Scare Me
2. Deep Red Bells
3. Outro With Bees
4. Lady Pilot
5. Tightly
6. Look For Me (I'll Be Around)
7. Stinging Velvet
8. Pretty Girls
9. I Missed the Point
10. Blacklisted
11. I Wish I Was the Moon
12. Running' Out Of Fools
13. Ghost Writing
14. Bonus Track 1

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Neko Case's third solo effort is a moody, atmospheric affair that both satisfies and mystifies. Recorded in Tucson with a stellar band that includes Calexico's Joey Burns and John Convertino, Blacklisted charms you with its haunting, reverb-soaked songs, most of which were written by Case herself. The lyrics are impressionistic and, at times, inscrutable. "Fast train, where do your passengers wait?" she sings in the title song. "What's at the heart of your engine's rage?" While it's not always clear what Case is getting at, the overall mood of the album is one of loss and melancholy. Soaring above it all is Case's remarkable Patsy Cline-meets-Judy Garland voice, which she uses to great effect on the album's two torchy cover songs: Sarah Vaughan's "Look for Me (I'll Be Around)" and Aretha Franklin's "Running Out of Fools." --David Hill

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2007 reissue of this album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, originally released in 2002. With her voice more to the fore than on previous albums, Blacklisted is a step in the more traditional direction: stripped down and buck naked. Mixing Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk and Pop may sound awkward in someone else's hands, but Case makes it sound so easy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The next Lorreta Lynn June 30 2004
By Guy
Format:Audio CD
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.
Also Reccomended:
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
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4.0 out of 5 stars voice like velvet June 26 2004
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I first heard neko case on a indie radio station here and immediately rang them and asked who owns that incredible voice....I absolutely LOVE the album, in particular "deep red bells" and "I wish I was the moon tonight" I have played this album to death!!! So I intend to purchase her other albums plus any others she has done with the "new pornographers"
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"Reverb-soaked"?? More like "reverb-inundated". The songs are interesting but the overall sound is muddy, boomy and, ultimately, irritating. I may try running this through Digital Performer to see if I can remove the worst of it. She deserves far better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That is, 5 THOUSAND stars!! April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just buy it already! It took me a couple listens, as does pretty much any cd, but my lordy- this album makes me weep! It is unreal, truly- the album is absolute perfection. I have nothing more to say. The woman's voice turns me inside out and upside down. I can hardly drive if I play this in the car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute perfection. March 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Throw your Faith Hill and Dixie Chicks in the trash right next to your Britney Spears. This is what what true, soulful, talented female singers were meant to sound like. And her songwriting is just as fantastic as her singing. And Neko is a babe too. And she lives here in Chicago! Bonus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars But... But... I don't LIKE country music! Feb. 19 2004
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Actually, that's not true. I like Lyle Lovett and Johnny Cash, but that's been about it. Until now.
Neko Case's haunting vocals paint vivid pictures in my head that STICK. Very twangy, torchy and with lyrics that have been crafted in a way that defy you to ignore them. A friend of mine turned me on to Tarnation, an alt-country band that I enjoyed, but it seemed that they were just trying too hard to "be" old time country. Neko is real, her music hit me hard upon first hearing - kinda like when I saw K.D. Lang the first time she appeared on The Tonight Show umpteen years ago.
Buy this album, pop it in your car's CD player, pick a direction and drive somewhere late at night in the middle of summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An alt-country masterpiece Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's a dark, scary underside to country music, explored only by brave souls like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams... and Neko Case. This is a marvelous album. Most country music is very direct in its storytelling, but she prefers more oblique, evocative images. She hints at loneliness and shame in the same indirect way as Hank Williams... my favorite lyrical example is "Does your soul cast around like an old paper bag, past empty lots and early graves?"
The sound and production are great, too. Her voice is good... real good. Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn good. It's not a soft, pretty Nashville voice - she really tears into things. The backing tracks are murky and washy, almost a David Lynch feel. Slow tremelo guitars and sizzle cymbals make it feel more like lounge jazz than country. It's very modern and vintage at once.
Excellent, excellent work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding album Jan. 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My only complaint would be the homogeneity of song structure and key throughout much of the album. On one hand this lets the songs flow into one another, on the other hand it makes some of the tracks indistinguishable from the others, left to waltz through a search for their own identity.
With that out of the way . . . let me rave now on the merits of this album: sharp, meaningful lyrics; crafted soundstages; soulful performances. The mix of country influence and instrument theatrics is perfect, believable, and adds bite to the darker moments in songs like "Blacklisted", and depth to the veracity of "Things that scare me". And that voice. Rising above what normally comes off as a parlour trick in the editing room, Case's voice is perfectly highlighted in the recordings - it stands out with conviction, honesty, and dark calm.
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