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  • Audio CD (July 10 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000W7Y2HS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 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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Format: Audio CD
Neko's Blacklisted and Hem's Rabbit Songs are 2 albums that I simply cannot believe aren't more popular then they are. I sorted the list of reviews by worst first and read the major complaints about this album.
--Too much reverb. Ok, maybe if you're hyper sensitive to that sort of thing; but this album is largely about atmosphere.
--Weak lyrics. Are they even listening to the same album? are they even talking about the same person?
--Not enough like her last album. She's an artist. Artists change. otherwise we would just use robots or phil colins to write all of our music.
I know that at this point I've pretty much just addressed other people's complaints and not the album...but with a 5 star rating at the time of this posting and plenty of reviews...pretty much everything has been said. short..if you got here by way of recommendation off music of a similar style; buy this album. If you're here just randomly wandering around...give this girl a listen. She won't waste your time.
(written on a cellphone sans spell check)
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Format: Audio CD
I sure do miss the old days of country and western music. You know, when it was actually called country and western and not "new" country. In fact, I guess I miss a lot about the older days of music, in general. The record industry in the past 10-15 years has been in a downward spiral for the most part, and the fact that independent labels are pushing out artists such as Neko Case has been the saving grace for me. Of these labels, I seem to be listening to a lot of records that move me in profound ways, but nothing that I can instinctively classify as timeless or perfect within a short period of time. I also don't ever find albums that I know within a few listens that I'm going to be spending the rest of my life appreciating.
You see, I've found that there are basically three types of artists. Those who try to push the envelope too far, those who do it simply for the paycheck, and those who make music with the purpose of leaving something great behind once they're gone. Neko fits into the third category, and the contribution of Blacklisted is the ultimate proof of this. With that being said, she has easily joined the ranks of some of America's most timeless and appreciated female country singers of all-time; and all in a very short matter of time. It's unfortunate that more people don't know the name Neko Case, but it's obvious that time is the only thing keeping her from being truly appreciated for her ability to belt out some of the most beautiful sounds around.
By today's standards, Neko Case is as pure and genuine as any singer/songwriter I've heard from any decade of this genre. Blacklisted, her most recent album, is without a doubt her finest work to date. As a whole, it's very cohesive, precise, rounded, and produced immaculately.
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Neko Case is perhaps, along with Kellie Hogan, the most interesting and accomplished vocalist to emerge out of the alternative country scene. Her voice is big and soulful, reminiscent of Loretta Lynn or Tammy Wynette at their best. But she uses this wonderful instrument in service of some really terrific, dark songs, with arrangements by turns traditional and edgy, to create a truly memorable album.
Case's lyrics impress with their melancholy and their poetry. Her themes are timeless, love, helplessness, breakup, loss.... the very stuff of country music, but as seen through a modern lens. Case's voice delivers her songs with a lovely full-throated sound, with a hint of blues and just the right amount of "twang"...not so much as to be nasal, but enough to give it the right country sound. The arrangements are spectacular. Things That Scare Me starts with an almost Appalachian mountain sound which lends a sense of dread to the song. Other great songs include Deep Red Bells, which has an almost Ghost-Riders-In-The-Sky style baritone guitar riff...Wish I Was the Moon, with it's folk ballad quality and Look For Me (I'll Be Around) which sounds like a modern update of a 1950s rockabilly ballad.
If you have a taste for vocals without the requisite Nashville gloss.... without the over produced arrangement....if you have a taste for sophisticated country music without the pop trappings, Neko Case is for you. She is the best Alternative Country has to offer.
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