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!