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Middle Cyclone CD

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Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her forthcoming Anti- release, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and ... Read more in Amazon's Neko Case Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA label group
  • ASIN: B001NY71AO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. This Tornado Loves You 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Next Time You Say "Forever" 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. People Got A Lotta Nerve 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Polar Nettles 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vengeance Is Sleeping 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Middle Cyclone 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. I'm An Animal 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prison Girls 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen15. Marais La Nuit31:39Album Only

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BBC Review

Much could be read into the fact that on the cover of Middle Cyclone alt country leading light, Neko Case, has herself portrayed as a sword wielding valkyrie on the hood of a Ford Mercury. Also, on the first track, This Tornado Loves You, she takes the role of a twister that wants to, ''carve your name across three counties''. But the truth is that Middle Cyclone is a disarmingly simple collection of country pop that should finally win her broad approval.

When we say 'pop' keep in mind that this is still an album recorded in a Vermont barn filled with eight pianos and ending with a 30-minute field recording of the surrounding countryside. Yet most of the songs do tread more approachable ground than her last album, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. People Got A Lotta Nerve, with its killer whale metaphors, sounds not unlike the best work of Kirsty MacColl, a woman who also blended country and pop with barbed effect.

Case is now adept at expressing yearning in all its forms from bestial (''I'm an animal, you're an animal too... pick up that stone, drink from that lake'' - I'm An Animal) to the metaphorical. If her delivery sometimes falls short of the real legends of country it's more than compensated for by her prowess with words. These are songs that have a light touch but a dark heart. The shifting time signatures of the album's best track, Polar Nettles, contain lines such as ''She is the centrifuge that throws the spires from the sun/The Sistine Chapel painted with a Gatling gun''.

The Lynchian dark twang that was present on albums like Blacklisted returns on Prison Girls but is derailed by the tenderly sung refrain ''I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes''. And she knows how to pick a good cover version. Her version of Sparks' Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth fits the album's theme of nature as a mercurial, fickle force perfectly, while Nilsson's Don't Forget Me benefits from her 'piano' orchestra' approach.

Middle Cyclone also joins all the dots that connect both old and new variants on country music that refuses to toe Nashville's traditionalist line. Joining her are not only her own new Pornographers and M.Ward but Calexico, Giant Sand, and even Garth Hudson from the Band. In the end Middle Cyclone is a perfect album title. It soothes while blowing you away. --Chris Jones

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Tyte on 30 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Neko Case's Middle Cyclone, is probably her best album to date after Furnish Room Lullaby. This album is more commercial than any of her previous offerings and thats not to say that she has sold out in any shape or form. With luck this will bring her some commercial success she deserves. Neko has come of age, its lost some of the edge her earlier albums had, maybe more mature, certainly an easier listen, its pretty well produced too. Kelly Hogan features on 9 of the songs, and as fans of Neko know, Neko and Kelly have one of the best female harmonies in existence. Neko penned all but two of the songs, "Never Turn your back on Mother earth" and a Harry Nilson song, "Dont Forget Me".
I would be playing this more, but for the fact I cannot get the Hazards of Love, by the Decemberists off the turntable.
If you are already a fan of Neko Case, you will love this, if you are not, then this is probably the best place to start, followed by Furnace Room Lullaby, which is a bit edgier.
The last track with its bird tweetering is a pain in the rear end and I have no idea why its been included. When you insert the cd, it looks as if you have a 75 minutes long CD, you dont, you get 40 minutes of 5 star music, then a 30 minute long track at the end (whatever you do, dont purchase this track on i-tunes) with birds and crickets cheeping and doing their thing. Its a waste, and be warned there is no hidden track at the end to make listening to it even remotely worthwhile. I am sure Neko knows the reason its been included, but its left me clueless! Great CD up until that point, and please dont let it put you off buying this album, its really rather good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Dawson on 12 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Neko Case since The Virginian and I reckon this is her best album yet. Don't get me wrong I loved Fox Confessor and The Tigers Have Spoken but this is a real step up in terms of song writing and production without losing any of Neko's originality and creativity. I cant stop playing 'Im an Animal', 'Red Tide' and 'Dont Forget Me' at the moment. Neko Case is cruelly under appreciated in this country (UK) and receives far less attention than the army of identikit 'quirky' singer songwriters (both male and female) unrelentingly foisted on us year after year. She is a truly original voice.
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By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
2006's 'Fox Confessor Brings The Flood' broke a few rules.
'Middle Cyclone' breaks a few more. Ms Case just can't help herself.

This is an entirely good thing of course. The generous 14 tracks
on her latest release are a treat worth tucking into.

Perhaps it's the unpredictable chord progressions; the wonderfully
wayward melodies; the sharp focus and strength of her voice;
the quirky transgressions of her warm and witty lyrics.

Probably it's all four and more.

Were you only to hear 'Vengeance Is Sleeping' you would know that
you were in the presence of a hugely talented singer/songwriter.
The soaring vocal; the gorgeously restrained instrumental arrangement;
the ethereal disembodied harmonic interjections; the truncated ending.
This is truly intoxicating stuff.

Title track 'Middle Cyclone' is a grown-up musical box of a song.
Stripped down to almost nothing and deeply affecting in it's
slow stepping uncertainty.

'People Got A Lotta Nerve' plays havoc with both tempo and rhyme.
Rock and roll doesn't get much more uplifting than this. Pure joy!

'Prison Girls' is an altogether darker construction. The angular
density of her fine band's performance transform the sombre melody
into one of the album's real highlights. Knockout.

The creative use of reverb in 'Don't Forget Me' enhances the bleak
optimism of the composition's subject. Hope born out of uncertainty.

The fanciful twitterings of the 30 minute plus outro
'Marais La Nuit' are a tad unnecessary but within the
context of the greater good are easily forgiven.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This album is different from the others. It's in my ears a bit more mainstream and it's more sing-a-song writing than the country music with an edge from the other albums. I like it, but I allso hope it's not the musical way Neko Case will go in the future. I think she is best in the country style. The vinyl edition is in good heavy quality with a good recording sound and the cover is allso in a good quality with printed innersleeves in thick paper, a rare thing theese days. It's allso my first double album with only 3 sides. Don't come to me with artisic freedom. There was just not enough tracks for 4 sides, so they put some bird chirping on side 4 to fill it out, end of story. Silly, but what the heck, I just don't play that side again then and enjoy the real album on the other 3 sides.
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By Kevin Allen on 13 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Everything Neko Case does is OK with me. Wonerful voice and greta songs. I'll soon buy some more like this.
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