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Neko Case

Fox Confessor Brings The Flood – 2006 (Anti-/Epitaph)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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Chanteuse Neko Case seems to have a taste for animal flesh - at least in the titles of her albums. Her last CD, "The Tigers Have Spoken," featured Case in a live setting. Having returned to the studio (after a stint with her other project, Canadian power popsters The New Pornographers), Case seems to be pushing into new terrain.

Her voice is more ethereal in selections such as "Margaret vs. Pauline" or "Hold On, Hold On" (which also features great rat-a-tat-tat drums by Travis Good). You'll still get a healthy portion of her trademark honey n' grits vocals on songs such as "A Widow's Toast."

But the overall effect on "Fox" is a haunting one. Garth Hudson adds piano and keyboards to several pieces, while Kelly Hogan makes her usual - and welcome - guest appearance. Fans ought to be pleased by Case's experiments.