Neko Case: Live From Austin, Texas (Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Neko Case: Alone and Forsaken
Neko Case: Live From Austin, Texas (Elite)

Although a belated release -- it was recorded in August 2003 -- there is some serendipity of timing: Case's 2006 Fox Confessor Brings The Flood popped up in many "best of the year" lists.

On release I gave Fox five stars in the New Zealand Herald and in the end of year "best of" wrap-up wrote of it, "This typically diverse Case album runs from pure guitar-twang pop to classic gospel-infused country and white-soul balladry, yet sounds all of a coherent piece. That's the measure of just how remarkable this one is."

So yes, you should get that album -- but this one might be of more appeal if you are new to her considerable and diverse charms.

This intimate concert follows a more alt.country and country-rock template than her later albums, but her emotional power, song selection (an easy treatment of Dylan's Buckets of Rain), and the support from her small band who bring in banjo and pedal steel illustrate just how powerful and affecting this woman can be.

Share It

Your Comments

Myles - Aug 21, 2018

I came late by this. A great discovery and wonderful concert. Love the "outro with Bees" especially.

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

Tom Vek: Luck (Moshi Moshi)

Tom Vek: Luck (Moshi Moshi)

This UK jack-of-all-trades (electrorock, synth-punk, Seattle grunge, stentorian trip-hop, an acoustic song etc) only proves here that, for the most part, he is master of none. On this third... > Read more

The Mars Volta: Noctourniquet (Warners)

The Mars Volta: Noctourniquet (Warners)

Cards on the table. Much as I loved the first Mars Volta album Deloused in the Comatorium and parts of Frances the Mute, much of what they have done since -- this demanding and often annoying album... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SANDRA DEE: Teen angel in an adult world

When bad girl Betty Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies in the film Grease, sang Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee she was referencing the famously all-American chaste teenager who'd starred in the... > Read more

COLD CHISEL INTERVIEWED (2011): Forever now, and again

COLD CHISEL INTERVIEWED (2011): Forever now, and again

When the Australian rock band Cold Chisel arranged a press conference in Sydney in July 2011, they had something to announce and much to celebrate. But the gathering of media, management and... > Read more