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The Virginian CD

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Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her forthcoming Anti- release, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and ... Read more in Amazon's Neko Case Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mint
  • ASIN: B000002RG3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Timber
2. Bowling Green
3. Jettison
4. High On Cruel
5. Karoline
6. Lonely Old Lies
7. Honky Tonk Hiccups
8. The Virginian
9. Duchess
10. Thanks a Lot
11. Somebody Led Me Away
12. Misfire

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like many people, I've always been a little prejudiced against country music. Maybe's it's a reaction to the glitz and glamour of Nashville, but more likely it's a reaction to my parent's "Best Country Songs...EVER" CDs. But Neko Case's debut solo album, "The Virginian", blew all my expectations away. The first thing you notice is her achingly beautiful voice, most stunning here on "Somebody Led Me Away", and how versatile it is, as shown by songs as different as "Lonely Old Lies" which is pure country-rock and "Karoline" which can only be described as prairie-punk. But for me, the true highlights of the album have to be "Jettison" which is full of beautiful harmonies, "Bowling Green" because it is literally impossible not to sing along to it, and finally "Honky Tonk Hiccups" because it's ludicrous but ridiculously catchy.
So in conclusion, don't just assume you wont like this because it's country music; in fact, you'll probably love it for breathing a new life into the genre - this is pure genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JC on 5 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first solo album from Neco Case has a far more traditional country feel to it than her later album. This in no way detracts from the over all beauty of the album though. It is like a flip side to 'furnace room lullaby'. While it may have less of an Americana feel it still retains roots of progressions that are so obviously in place now.
For an artist who has not only been voted in John Peels top ten albums of the year, but also in the New York Times top five (both for furnace) Neco remains unknown for the most part. To liken her voice to another singer in nigh on impossable. Her voice is distinctively her own. This is in part what makes this album such a must have, not only for those who heard about and bought the furnace room lullaby album, but also for all fans of genuine country music. Compared to the country-pop fusion that proliferates (and has done for far too long) this is a breath of real country air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lukoff on 2 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Those who are into Neko for her "country noir" music will probably be disappointed by her debut album, "The Virginian." Released a good seven years ago, it's pretty straightforward country/rockabilly--and for that reason I find myself playing it a lot more than "Blacklisted." No, it's not the best album ever, but "Bowling Green" surpasses the Everlys' version, "Misfire" is an inspired Queen cover, and "Honky Tonk Hiccups" is a great little original. Well worth picking up if you liked the more uptempo stuff on "The Tigers Have Spoken."
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By A Customer on 21 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Neko Case is fast becoming "the country start its OK to like", a tag whichis a bit unfair on her, since it means all her mucic tends to get judgedagainst other country music; I think it has much wider appeal than that.That being said, this CD is the most like a standard country release shehas produced, which is unsurprising given it is her debut. I've given it 3stars, less because its an average CD, but more that is is just not quiteup to the standard of her other two releases: Blacklisted and theexcellent Furnace Room Lullaby. Might not be to everyones taste, but don'tjudge Case on just this CD, especially since the other releases are sogood.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Neko Case--The Virginian 13 Mar. 2004
By "stormy3" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is almost a subgenre of "The next Patsy Clines" and Neko Case falls into that category. She sounds like Mandy Barnett backed by Faithless Street era Whiskeytown. This album is rather like stepping back into a time warp, when music had twang and women had attitude.
The album starts with the mellow two step of "Timber," about falling in love. Next Carl Newman turns up to help with a cover fo the classic "Bowling Green." "Jettison" is a darkly, beautiful stately waltz. Case jumps back into full swing mode for the hillarious break up tune "High On Cruel," complete with back-up vocals from sister Carolyn Mark. "Karoline" is another uptempo two-stepper about the queen of the barroom and the women who want to be her. "Lonely Old Lies" feels like a classic cover, but it was written by Case herself for this album. "Honkey Tonk Hiccups" is another song you will swear she pulled off an album from the 1960's. However, the most stunning track is the title track. "The Virginian" is a haunting melody that sounds more like a Childe ballad than something from the 20th century. This sets up perfectly for her amazing cover of "Duchess." Then she turns back onto a lighter track with her fun loving cover of Ernest Tubbs "Thanks a Lot." She closes the album with a pair of georgous covers, from opposite sides of the love scheme, "Somebody Lead Me Away" and "Misfire."
This is an album of pure, unadulterated, pretty good girl barroom funm, smart mouthed and big shouldered--in that way she is more akin to Loretta Lynn as opposed to Patsy Cline. But definately a heavy dose of old school country with old school attitude.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Keep Coming Back For More 22 Feb. 2000
By former Amazon customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't keep this great record off my CD player. The songs, the singing, and the playing are all great. After two years, I still find this music fresh. Case has some great songs, especially the weepy "Lonely Old Lies", and her band really can play. Check out the 2nd voice and harmony vocals; they blend so well with Case's vocals; sometimes it's hard to tell who's singing.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Big voice, good tunes 27 Nov. 2002
By "jbesanko" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with Neko Case's reviewers here--they either love her or they just don't get it. It took a few listens for me, but this album is definitely a winner. She initially won me over with a cover of a favorite Everly Brothers tune ("Bowling Green"), but after a few listens I was equally enamored of "Honky Tonk Hiccups," "Karoline," "Thanks A Lot" and "Timber." All the songs are strong, although I clearly favor the up-tempo numbers. This is the kind of "country" music that simply doesn't come out of Nashville any more (if it ever did). Highly recommended.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Nuevo Honky Tonk 6 Jan. 2006
By Kirk D. Straight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Quite possibly the best album every made. I write this 'review' in response (or retort, rather) to the opening line of the amazon.com official review, which starts with, "what Neko lacks..." - HORRIBLE! Allow me to retort. Miss Neko lacks nothing (except a husband last I checked and she can call me if she is reading this). Simply the greatest nuevo honky tonk voice on the planet. This debut album (yeah, it's still called an 'album' even if you buy it on CD) is and always will be, in my humble opinion, a classic slab of the meanest, most sincere and well played music you will find. Words lack the power to convey my love of this women's (WOMEN, not little girl with a record contract) voice. I prefer this freshmen release on Mint Records (the equally talentuous Carolyn Mark's homebase) over later albums precisely for the ubertwang feel. I will not give you a song by song kitchy Rolling Stone styled review, I don't do that and I don't like people that do. Listen to the entire album, that is what records like this were made for. I love the mando and peddlesteel playing, and the album is recorded in an anachronistic, open and airy style - NOT like cheap imitation, polished records which don't hold a candle. I could go on - just get it and listen repeatedly.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Let's Have a Party 22 Mar. 2003
By Roy Pearl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Neko Case introduced herself to the world with this covers-heavy solo debut. There are times on it when she sounds like the second coming of Wanda Jackson, which would be an impressive feat on its own, but she also manages to secure her own sense of personality on the proceedings. Her Boyfriends lend enthusiastic and tasteful support throughout, rocking the house when they need to and reining it all in when the song demands. By the time this too-short album ends with a straight-faced country rendition of Queen's "Misfire", you can't help but believe that Neko Case may one day rule the world.
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