I have many reasons to love Neko Case’s 2006 album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood: her amazing, husky vocals; her stellar songwriting; the production that hits a perfect balance between earnest country and gothic romance.
But Reason #1 is that it’s my 6-year-old daughter’s favorite CD. When we’re in my car, Sophia likes to rifle through my CD case and pick an album for us to listen to during the ride. Months ago she was immediately drawn to the Fox Confessor Brings the Flood disc because, well, it has a cartoon fox on it. Two songs in, she was hooked.
From then on, she didn’t need to look at the CD case. When we got in the car, she’d say “Can we listen to the fox CD?” And I’d happily oblige. We’re not talking about Barney here… this is as rich and gorgeous an album as I’ve heard in years, filled with beautiful sad songs about heartbreak and loneliness. I have to say, my kid has great taste in music.
We love all the songs, but the first three are our favorites, probably because we’ve heard them the most (our trips, after all, are usually down the street to school or to Costco).
Track three, ‘Hold On, Hold On,’ is a low-key rocker with a terrific guitar line that sounds like something out of an alt-rock western. Case’s lyrics are often quite cryptic but this one is pretty obviously about a woman who is unlucky in love, both familial and romantic. A good night these days in when she doesn’t wind up going home with the wrong man.
I know it’s unkind but my own blood is much too dangerous
I leave the party at three a.m.
Alone, thank God
With a valium from the bride
It’s the devil I love
And that’s as funny as real love
She’s heard the pep talks but has come to realize they’re just empty promises:
“Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on”
Good stuff. Play it for your 6-year-old — she’ll love it.