Saturday, March 17, 2007
Golden Era is Now:
It doesn't take a musical genius to realize that there isn't much to get excited about in the realm of modern Country music. The record buying public wants big stadium hooks and synthesized decoder vocals in place of the real heart and soul of the early years.
That is not what Neko Case is about.
Neko case is all about the voice...and what a voice! A velvety smooth and monsterously powerful voice that stopped me dead in my tracks when I first heard it. Her tone and delivery all seem to harken back to icons like Loretta Lynn and Aretha Franklin. She sings her hear out with conviction and gusto that is both polished and raw in it's stark emotional quality.
If you like what you hear, please go buy her albums and go see her live show. In my opinion, she is one of the few modern artists who truly deserves support.
Here's a Peel Session recorded before a live studio audience for Radio 1 in London, England on September 13, 2000. Neko and her band are in fine form here and the setlist draws mostly from Neko Case's "Furnace Room Lullabye" recording. Although there are a few cuts from "Blacklisted" and the "Canadian Amp" ep...(not too mention three astounding cover versions that round out the disc).