Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Neko Case & Her Boyfriends|
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Before being crowned an alt country goddess, Neko — Case was familiar to Mint fans from her drummin — thunder in Maow. Here, she stepped out from behind — the kit and into the spotlight to release 12 amazing — songs that stret... more »
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Before being crowned an alt country goddess, Neko
Case was familiar to Mint fans from her drummin
thunder in Maow. Here, she stepped out from behind
the kit and into the spotlight to release 12 amazing
songs that stretch from out n out hillbilly stompers to
Loretta Lynn-like lovesick ballads. And, she collected
a jamboree of indie rock and bluegrass legends as her
backing band, including Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men
on a Shadowy Planet), Matt Murphy (Superfriendz),
Carl Newman (Zumpano, Superconductor, New
Pornographers), Rose Melberg (The Softies, Tiger Trap),
and Beez (Smugglers), among others.
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Neko Case--The Virginian
stormy3 | Austin | 03/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is almost a subgenre of "The next Patsy Clines" and Neko Case falls into that category. She sounds like Mandy Barnett backed by Faithless Street era Whiskeytown. This album is rather like stepping back into a time warp, when music had twang and women had attitude.
The album starts with the mellow two step of "Timber," about falling in love. Next Carl Newman turns up to help with a cover fo the classic "Bowling Green." "Jettison" is a darkly, beautiful stately waltz. Case jumps back into full swing mode for the hillarious break up tune "High On Cruel," complete with back-up vocals from sister Carolyn Mark. "Karoline" is another uptempo two-stepper about the queen of the barroom and the women who want to be her. "Lonely Old Lies" feels like a classic cover, but it was written by Case herself for this album. "Honkey Tonk Hiccups" is another song you will swear she pulled off an album from the 1960's. However, the most stunning track is the title track. "The Virginian" is a haunting melody that sounds more like a Childe ballad than something from the 20th century. This sets up perfectly for her amazing cover of "Duchess." Then she turns back onto a lighter track with her fun loving cover of Ernest Tubbs "Thanks a Lot." She closes the album with a pair of georgous covers, from opposite sides of the love scheme, "Somebody Lead Me Away" and "Misfire."
This is an album of pure, unadulterated, pretty good girl barroom funm, smart mouthed and big shouldered--in that way she is more akin to Loretta Lynn as opposed to Patsy Cline. But definately a heavy dose of old school country with old school attitude."
Let's Have a Party
Roy Pearl | Vancouver, BC | 03/22/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Neko Case introduced herself to the world with this covers-heavy solo debut. There are times on it when she sounds like the second coming of Wanda Jackson, which would be an impressive feat on its own, but she also manages to secure her own sense of personality on the proceedings. Her Boyfriends lend enthusiastic and tasteful support throughout, rocking the house when they need to and reining it all in when the song demands. By the time this too-short album ends with a straight-faced country rendition of Queen's "Misfire", you can't help but believe that Neko Case may one day rule the world."
Big voice, good tunes
jbesanko | Crofton, MD United States | 11/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with Neko Case's reviewers here--they either love her or they just don't get it. It took a few listens for me, but this album is definitely a winner. She initially won me over with a cover of a favorite Everly Brothers tune ("Bowling Green"), but after a few listens I was equally enamored of "Honky Tonk Hiccups," "Karoline," "Thanks A Lot" and "Timber." All the songs are strong, although I clearly favor the up-tempo numbers. This is the kind of "country" music that simply doesn't come out of Nashville any more (if it ever did). Highly recommended."