Liberal Grace

Monday, January 29, 2007

"Blacklisted" by Neko Case

I have a weak spot for atmospheric, longing music.

These days I'm listening to Neko Case's "Blacklisted" and it hits me right in the weak spot.

She fits into that large group of "country influenced singer-songwriters". She has a lovely voice (as do many in that category) but distinguishes herself by not being too perky or cute -- don't think Shania Twain think Dusty Springfield in funk after a bender.

I might be the only one, but I keep being reminded of Dusty Springfield as I listen to Neko Case. Partly it is because of the pure high sad wail in their voice but mostly because I get the same mental image of the singer -- a sweet but sad woman who has story to tell.

I should mention that I have no idea what most of Case's songs are about! Here lyrics are highly poetical but mostly evocative for me. After a number of listening, the songs are starting to give-up a narrative but mostly it's just mental images -- sad, beautiful, sweet but mostly just glimpses of stories.

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