Furnace Room Lullaby
Originally released by Bloodshot in the US in 2000 as BS 050, this album was re-released by Anti Records in 2007.
Let Neko sing you one of her lullabies. It may not help much, but it helps to have something to listen to while you are cutting your ex’s face out of all the photos.
FRL represented a quantum leap in confidence for Neko. 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.
Furnace Room Lullaby laughs at us when we always think this love thing will get easier. You always think that THIS is the time you’ll get it all figured out; the process becomes clear, the hazards marked, the dangers well-known, and the mistakes will not be repeated. You’ve been through the rebound relationships, you’ve gotten "in touch with yourself," you’ve gotten to a good place, you no longer feel like you’re falling down an endless elevator shaft, your dazzling array of visible twitches have subsided, your personal grooming habits are back to a level of societal acceptance, and you’ve worked through your binge drinking, self-loathing, and spastic outbursts of sporadic violence directed at your kitchen table. Now you’re prepared to enter the fray again, aren’t you? It’ll be different this time, right?
Neko Case is here to tell you that you’re a damn fool. Love is a brutal and nasty mess. It doesn’t get easier. It doesn’t get better. It doesn’t make any more sense. It doesn’t become more fair. It’s always got some diabolical new hell to toss your way. It’ll chew you up, spit you out, and laugh until its sides hurt. Why? Because it knows you’ll come back for more. Again and again. Sucker.
It's a testimonial to the whole maddening, irresistible struggle. Backed by her cast of Boyfriends, including folks like Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet), Evan Johns, Bob Egan (ex-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. And then there’s the voice....
So let Neko sing you one of her lullabies. It may not help much, but it helps to have something to listen to while you are cutting your ex’s face out of all the photos.