Vancouver's Neko Case is so persuasive on "In California," a melancholy story of an ambitious artist's bout with culture shock upon moving to Los Angeles, that it's sort of disappointing to learn that

Vancouver's Neko Case is so persuasive on "In California," a melancholy story of an ambitious artist's bout with culture shock upon moving to Los Angeles, that it's sort of disappointing to learn that the song was actually penned by fellow singer/ songwriter Lisa Marr. Lamenting about disconnected sunny days, dreams of snow, and "another suicide on the 405," Case sings this pretty song so gently and intimately that she leaves little doubt that she's recounting personal experiences. Regardless, Canadian Amp—which Case cut in her kitchen—is worth picking up for this track alone. With an often breathtaking voice that recalls Patsy Cline one minute and Tanya Donelly the next, Case thrills on the torchy "Favorite" and charms on a sweet version of Neil Young's "Dreaming Man." Amp is available at Case's live gigs and at bloodshotrecords.com; Bloodshot expects to release Case's third full-length set within the first half of next year.—WO

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