Album review

Neko Case - Canadian AMP

Prior to her finest solo record so far (Blacklisted), Case recorded Canadian Amp in her kitchen with a bunch of Chicago cohorts, initially pressing a tour/mail order CD only. Eight elegant slices of noirish country, these unadorned interpretations of Canuck talent (save for Hank Williams'"Alone And Forsaken" and two originals) rely on the sheer expressiveness of Case's luminous voice for their power. Lisa Marr's "In California" is simplicity itself, but Case's own "Make Your Bed" and "Favorite" (Brett Sparks on back-ups) steal the show. Not bad for a stint of housework. As is noted on the sleeve: "You can do it in your underwear."

Rating: 4 / 10


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