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Music Advisor: Neko Case

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The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
Neko Case

thenewdaily_supplied_111213_neko_caseSTACK Magazine editor Jonathan Alley says: “The first collection of songs in four years from American songwriter Neko Case  is rich in rewards, should you give it the time. Drawing equally on a rich seam of classic Americana, musical gestures writ very large, and a great depth of new sonic adventurousness, these 12 songs don’t waste a moment. From the opening lilt of Wild Creatures, to the strident rush of Man to the sub-mariner inspired ocean atmospherics of the stunning Where Did I Leave That Fire?  Case has wrested full command of these bucking beasts of songs. Nearly Midnight, Honolulu is a candid chapter on child/parental trauma, while her cover of Nico’s Afraid gets right inside the song.  Don’t miss her March tour.”

Pitchfork says:  “Somehow, The Worse Things Get is Case’s tightest record and also her strangest. With its off-kilter arrangements and eccentric turns of phrase, it’s a world unto itself. If it has any contemporaries, they’re records like Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel… or Cat Power’s Sun – the works of artists for whom “maturity” has not meant putting out that fire that Case sings so evocatively about chasing.”

Rolling Stone says: “Neko Case has grown into one of America’s best and most ambitious singer-songwriters. Her perfectly turned sixth LP deals with identity and autonomy; it’s got feminist musculature and the dirt of a working musician under its fingernails.”

The New York Times says: “The lucid and the cryptic mingle, unpredictably and strategically, in the songs on Neko Case’s sixth solo studio album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. Usually it’s the music that comes across as straightforward. The melodies are forthright, the arrangements are hand played, and Ms. Case’s voice is open and robust, with the richness of prime Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline.”