Neko Case has been putting out country albums since the mid 1990s, years before she was recruited to be Carl Newman’s pretty female foil in the New Pornographers. Since then she’s gained more visibility from the latter role, though her new solo record, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, is dense and varied enough to earn her more attention than she gets playing power pop with a half dozen Canadian stars. What Case understands (that her bills-paying supergroup often doesn’t) is constraint: while Newman’s peppy songs are upfront, all-harmony-all-the-time insta-hits, Case’s patient ballads withhold the sucker punches and develop over time. Not that the songs ever take on too intense a meaning — her lyrics, while beautifully poetic, have gotten so circuitous that they confound more often than comfort. Fox Confessor has a more electric sound than her older efforts, but the idea is still the same: give the girl a microphone, and she’ll give you an amazing record.