Note: This is Neko’s fourth studio album and first since 2002’s Blacklisted. Since then, she’s become equally, if not better, known as the female voice of The New Pornographers.
Sound: She mines the depths of American folk, country and gospel to provide the backdrop for her dark, poetic storytelling, which is driven by her distinctively strong and resonant vocals.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “The Needle Has Landed“; “John Saw That Number”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Hold On, Hold On“; “Dirty Knife“; “That Teenage Feeling“; “Maybe Sparrow”
Recommended: The sullen mood and tone of Neko’s solo work sharply contrasts her bright and chirpy work with The New Pornographers, but the deep conviction and soul in her voice is truly captivating. Plus, some peppier moments and an average track length of about 3 minutes keep the vibe from getting too somber. Just getting to hear her sing for 36 minutes is reason enough to buy Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)
(As posted 3/27/06 on davepowersmusic.com)
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