Furnace Room Lullaby

Mint Records
Release date
1 Jan 2000
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Set Out Running 2:57 22,737
2 Guided By Wire 3:20 14,854
3 Porchlight 3:33 16,618
4 Mood To Burn Bridges 2:53 13,764
5 No Need To Cry 2:15 13,586
6 Twist The Knife 2:32 14,105
7 Thrice All American 3:13 12,861
8 We've Never Met 2:50 13,270
9 Whip The Blankets 2:42 12,009
10 South Tacoma Way 4:50 12,638
11 Bought And Sold 2:06 12,001
12 Furnace Room Lullaby 2:53 22,913

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Review by Mark Deming

It would be easy to call Neko Case alt-country’s answer to k.d. lang; after all, they’re both from Canada, both came into country music through artier pursuits, and both blend trad-style twang with a modernist lyrical perspective. But Case also has a couple more important things in common with lang — she has a superb voice that’s as big as all outdoors, and there’s nothing at all ironic about her love for the luxurious sadness of classic country & western. Case fronts a dramatically revamped line-up of Boyfriends on her second solo album, Furnace Room Lullaby, and it’s even stronger and more impressive than her fine debut set, The Virginian. Case co-wrote all of the album’s 12 songs, and the material strikes a more deeply personal note this time out, from the busted romance of “Set Out Running” and “We’ve Never Met” to the road-weary and unsentimental nostalgia of “Thrice All American” and “South Tacoma Way” (not many artists could put a lump in your throat at the notion of a Wal-Mart replacing the old downtown, but Case does it here). Case’s vocals are superb from front to back, as smooth and fiery as good brandy, and her revolving circle of musicians (including Ron Sexsmith and Kelly Hogan on backing vocals) are subtle and beautifully evocative, balancing sorrow and good times with an easy grace.

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