Vinyl re-issue of two Neko Case classics that have been long out of print. Each title has been remastered from their original analog tapes. Blacklisted and The Fox Confessor Brings The Flood are highly sought after fan favorites that have been missing on wax for over five years. These stand-alone offerings on black vinyl come on the heels of her stunning 2015 vinyl box set, Truckdriver Gladiator Mule.
Blacklisted, Case's third full-length album, is the first one that could be called a bona fide classic, a lush, haunting showcase for her awe-inspiring vocal talents. It is also the record where Neko fully defines her voice as an artist, both vocally and musically, and gives us an intensely intimate work that evokes a dark elegance with a hint of twang. To help create this record Neko brought together a grand cast of scarily talented musicians; among them are Calexico, Howe Gelb, Kelly Hogan and members of The Sadies. Topping it off, Neko's voice soars and swirls moving from a sultry smokiness to joyful harmony.
The album reflects a lost, almost homesick feeling - each song aches with vivid images, to stunning results. Although the lushly beautiful album is not conceptual, there's a certain quality about it that's cinematic. Unifying the album is an aura of unsettling vulnerability that envelops the listener. In the end, Blacklisted leaves you weary and heartbroken and wanting more.