Personnel: Neko Case (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, hammer dulcimer, piano, 6-string bass, tambourine, background vocals); Neko Case (dulcimer); Paul Rigby (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar, loops); Joey Burns (acoustic guitar, nylon-string guitar, cello, bass instrument, upright bass); Travis (electric guitar); Jon Rauhouse (Hawaiian steel guitar, banjo); Tom V. Ray (upright bass, bass guitar); Willie B (drums); Kelly Hogan (vocals, background vocals); Travis Good (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dallas Good (electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar); Howe Gelb (electric guitar, piano); Dexter Romweber, Brian Connelly (electric guitar); Anna DeWolf (violin); Garth Hudson (piano, organ); Tom Ray, Sean Dean (upright bass); John Convertino, Mike Belitsky (drums); Rachel Flotard (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Neko Case; Darryl Neudorf.
Recording information: Back Stairwell Of The Horshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada; Iguana; Wavelab, Tucson, AZ.
Arrangers: Neko Case; Paul Rigby.
Issued more than three years after Neko Case's BLACKLISTED, 2006's FOX CONFESSOR BRINGS THE FLOOD finds the alt-country chanteuse finally unveiling a new full-length studio album. During the preceding years, Case built a sizeable following both on her own and with the New Pornographers, making this record one of the most anticipated releases of early '06.
On this assured and inventive outing, Case does not disappoint, as she revisits the haunting atmosphere of earlier offerings, but also broadens her sound. Incorporating elements of country, early rock & roll, and moody film scores, Case creates a fascinatingly anachronistic aesthetic, evoking some enigmatic lost era with songs such as the lilting "Star Witness," the soulful "John Saw That Number," and the ominously orchestral "Dirty Knife." While Case--with her bold, sensual, and dynamic voice--is clearly the main attraction of FOX CONFESSOR, the record also features an impressive supporting cast, including the Band's Garth Hudson (piano, organ), Giant Sand's Howe Gelb (guitar, piano), and members of Calexico and the Sadies. For longtime Case fans, the album will only increase adulation, while those unfamiliar with this unique performer will likely discover a favorite new artist.