The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (CD)


Neko Case

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Amoeba Review

09/02/2013

It’s been four years since the last Neko Case album, but one listen to her verbosely titled new album and you’ll know it was worth the wait. As on her previous albums, Case borrows from folk, country and indie rock, opening with stunning guitar atmosphere on “Wild Creatures.” On “Night Still Comes,” she weaves beautifully strange melodies, both highly catchy and melodic and slightly discordant. Both lyrically and vocally, Case continues to be one of the strongest of her generation, articulating the intersect of man and nature with gorgeously twisted language. “I’m gonna go where my urge leads no more … a boreal feast, let it finish me please, as I revenge myself, all over myself,” she sings on “Night Still Comes.” Over jaunty electric guitar, she forcefully sings “I’m a man … that’s what kind of animal I am” on “Man,” continuing the gender play on acoustic ditty “I’m From Nowhere” (“I was surprised when you called me lady, ‘cause I’m still not so sure that’s what I want to be,” later qualifying that statement with “’cause I remember the ’80s, and I remember its puffy sleeves”). Though her lyrics are often clever, they’re more revealing here than ever—the most striking moment here is “Near Midnight, Honolulu,” a paralyzing portrayal of casually witnessed emotional child abuse that she then turns inward. Whether she’s describing the strange, corporeal world in which we live or her own inner workings, Case is always invigorating to listen to, perhaps never more so than on The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wild Creatures
Neko Case 02:39
2.
Night Still Comes
Neko Case 03:47
3.
Man
Neko Case 03:27
4.
I'm From Nowhere
Neko Case 03:01
5.
Bracing For Sunday
Neko Case 02:17
6.
Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
Neko Case 02:34
7.
Calling Cards
Neko Case 02:36
8.
City Swan
Neko Case 04:04
9.
Afraid
Neko Case 02:20
10.
Local Girl
Neko Case 02:34
11.
Where Did I Leave That Fire
Neko Case 03:27
12.
Ragtime
Neko Case 04:25

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