2000's Furnace Room Lullaby represented a quantum leap in confidence for Neko Case. Allowing herself to stretch out in the studio, to write her own material and explore new sounds, this album saw the first glimmerings of the torch country noir that would come full force in later albums. It is positively brimming with an explosive talent on the verge of bursting out. Backed by her cast of Boyfriends, including folks like Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet), Evan Johns, Bob Egan (Freakwater), Dallas and Travis Good (The Sadies), and Ron Sexsmith, Neko takes you through the sometimes desolate and resigned, sometimes pissed off, and sometimes haunting and harrowing Carnival Ride of Love that's doing its best to make gibbering, addled casualties out of all of us. Furnace Room Lullaby is a testimonial to the whole maddening, irresistible struggle. Remastered from the original analog tapes, this stand-alone offering of Furnace Room Lullaby on black vinyl had last been in print for Case's stunning 2015 vinyl box set, Truckdriver Gladiator Mule.
Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby