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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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--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.
So..in 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)
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Screw those people who say Fox Confessor. Middle Cyclone's a reasonable contender, but Blacklisted is Neko's masterpiece.Published 12 days ago by Skot Nelson
I first heard neko case on a indie radio station here and immediately rang them and asked who owns that incredible voice.... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
"Reverb-soaked"?? More like "reverb-inundated". The songs are interesting but the overall sound is muddy, boomy and, ultimately, irritating. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by John Manning
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. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by E. Davis
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. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Dave Stagner
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004
Neko Case has a voice that is as warming as a shot of firewater on a cold winters night. And her songs have a bite to them that sneaks up on you. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Trevor S. Platcow
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