Blacklisted [Bonus Track]

Blacklisted [Bonus Track]

by Neko CaseNeko Case


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At last, a chance to experience Neko Case totally naked…more or less. Having ditched her omnipresent band, the Boyfriends, this time around, the vagabondish alt-country thrush pushes her voice to the fore more than on any of her previous releases, heightening both the power and poignancy of her stellar songs. Blacklisted is surprisingly traditional sounding, given Case's genre-bending tendencies of yore, but there are still plenty of elements of surprise, like the vibraphone and cool jazz organ that invest "Look for Me (I'll Be Around)" with a wonderfully torchy feel. Likewise, "Running Out of Fools," a keening ballad that's guaranteed to send a shiver up even the stiffest of spines, dips deep into the blues well that Bessie Smith excavated so many years ago. For most of the disc, however, Case stays rooted in the country -- not the Nashville stripe (or even the comparatively sophisticated Bakersfield variety), but in the sounds that wafted up from the Dust Bowl and the Appalachian coal country decades ago. Whether presented undiluted and simple (as on the longing "Tightly") or infused with modern-day complications (like the white-knuckled, steel-guitar laden "Things That Scare Me"), Case's songs prove that real passion need not be gussied up to be contagious.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2007
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778691623
catalogNumber: 86916
Rank: 6784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neko Case   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Saw,Guitar (Electric Tenor),Guitar (Tenor),Vocal Harmony
Joey Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Electric Bass,Cello,Electric Guitar,Bowed Bass,Vibes,Pump Organ,Upright Bass,Guitar (Tenor)
Kelly Hogan   Background Vocals
John Convertino   Drums
Howe Gelb   Organ,Piano,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Mary Margaret O'Hara   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Brian Connelly   Guitar (Baritone)
Nick Luca   Help
Dallas Good   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Mac McGill   Help
Jim Blackwood   Help

Technical Credits

Darryl Neudorf   Producer,Vocal Engineer
Neko Case   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Craig Schumacher   Producer,Engineer
Chris Buck   Cover Photo
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Kay Rogers   Composer
Richard Ahlert   Composer
Tom V. Ray   Composer

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