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The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Deluxe) [Deluxe Edition]

Neko Case Audio 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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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B00DBRT5D2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wild Creatures
2. Night Still Comes
3. Man
4. I'm From Nowhere
5. Bracing For Sunday
6. Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
7. Calling Cards
8. City Swan
9. Afraid
10. Local Girl
11. Where Did I Leave That Fire
12. Ragtime
13. Madonna Of The Wasps
14. Magpie To The Morning
15. Yon Ferrets Return

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The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is Neko’s most precise, urgent record to date, marked by a melodic immediacy, a loving embrace of the big rock gesture, and a lyrical frankness. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is the perfect culmination of Neko’s trajectory so far – the pop, folk and country influences, the fluid craft of her band, and that soaring voice, blended seamlessly into the album her legions of fans have been waiting for. Guests include Steve Turner of Mudhoney, Howe Gelb, M. Ward and members of My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Los Lobos, The New Pornographers, and Visqueen. Hardbound book-style w/ 60 text pages and an inner CD pocket.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warmer Side of Neko 25 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Listening context: This album became available to listen to via streaming approximately two weeks before official release on [...] First Listen page. I have listened to it on a daily basis during that period. I believe this is important to know since most Neko songs take a while to digest.

Neko Case is finally back after more than a four year absence since her latest release, Middle Cyclone, which dates back to March 2009, with the long titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The Neko Case sound is very much still intact. There is, is my view, a gradual change still taking place in her emphasis. While her earlier recordings were more country oriented, her (fantastic) 2006 Fox Confessor Brings the Flood veered towards alt-country with some eccentric twists. That album nailed such a combination perfectly with some incredible tunes such as Star Witness and The Needle Has Landed (heavy Neil Young influence). Middle Cyclone was similar but something of a Fox-Lite experience, being more pop music oriented but yet warmer. It was a mixture of clear cut pop tunes like This Tornado Loves You (why it was not promoted more is still a mystery to me) and more complex ones like Prison Girls and The Next Time You Say Forever. The eccentric style from Fox had thus paved the way for a warmer and straightforward production.

The Worse... is in a sense a continuation of this process. The first glimpse of the album is Neko's voice singing When you catch life, you look like your mother.... There are some very tender songs on this album, as if Neko was being intent on opening her heart in some instances to her listeners. That being said, it is a real grower and is on par with Middle Cyclone in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 9 Jan 2014
By gibbsaw
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It's hard to categorise Neko Case and so you'll hear references to alt country or rock, but she has a very individual sound and I found her style really appealing with provocative and unexpected lyrics. Thoroughly enjoying the album on repeat and recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb 9 Dec 2013
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Beautifully packaged. Beautifully sung. This is the nest album of 2-13 no doubt about it.Emotional, fun and yet bleak in places. All boxes ticked for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen carefully 4 Nov 2013
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Like a lot of Neko's music, it takes a few listens to really get to the heart of the songs. You have to listen to the music and the lyrics properly in order to find the meanings.

But, as with all of Neko's stuff - it is so very worth doing. I could post up my faves, but you'll find your own - all I'll say is this: it is worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Warmer Side of Neko 1 Sep 2013
By gnagfloW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listening context: This album became available to listen to via streaming approximately two weeks before official release on [...] First Listen page. I have listened to it on a daily basis during that period. I believe this is important to know since most Neko songs take a while to digest.

Neko Case is finally back after more than a four year absence since her latest release, Middle Cyclone, which dates back to March 2009, with the long titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The Neko Case sound is very much still intact. There is, is my view, a gradual change still taking place in her emphasis. While her earlier recordings were more country oriented, her (fantastic) 2006 Fox Confessor Brings the Flood veered towards alt-country with some eccentric twists. That album nailed such a combination perfectly with some incredible tunes such as Star Witness and The Needle Has Landed (heavy Neil Young influence). Middle Cyclone was similar but something of a Fox-Lite experience, being more pop music oriented but yet warmer. It was a mixture of clear cut pop tunes like This Tornado Loves You (why it was not promoted more is still a mystery to me) and more complex ones like Prison Girls and The Next Time You Say Forever. The eccentric style from Fox had thus paved the way for a warmer and straightforward production.

The Worse... is in a sense a continuation of this process. The first glimpse of the album is Neko's voice singing When you catch life, you look like your mother.... There are some very tender songs on this album, as if Neko was being intent on opening her heart in some instances to her listeners. That being said, it is a real grower and is on par with Middle Cyclone in my opinion. That is not to say that Neko has lost her sense of adventure in production; cases in point are Afraid (resembles some Middle Cyclone songs) and the joyful closer, Ragtime. The album drifts like Middle Cyclone between slow and fast tunes. This works better on this album than Middle Cyclone, which was in my opinion the main flaw (minor one) on that album.

In whole this is a great set. The one sore exception is Nearly Midnight, Honolulu. Besides the unnecessary overuse of the F-word, the song sounds more like an experimental tunes best left for friends having a beer together rather than a tune stuck in between other great (and mostly warm) songs. It could also be slightly longer; 38 minutes of material is rather short.It is a bit tempting ducking a star because of these two aspects.

In whole, I strongly recommend this album. Those yearning for a more Fox type of album may be disappointed since it steers more towards Middle Cyclone. Those ready for added warmth from Neko, The Worse... is a treasure.

Deluxe version: Includes 3 additional tunes. Madonna of the Wasps is a splendid and fun version of a 20+ old Robyn Hitchcock song. Magpie to the Morning and Yon ferrets Return are old Neko tunes. Magpie is a more of a country version of the contry noir take on Middle Cyclone and Yon Ferrets Return is a fast paced song that I have not heard before and cannot thus compare to its earlier version.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful settings for a stunning voice 3 Sep 2013
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I've listened to "The Worse Things Get" repeatedly since I got an advance copy a week ago, and I love it more each time. Neko Case's sixth solo release is a challenging and heartfelt recording that has taken four years to produce. Its quality is worthy of her best albums. A more pensive mood prevails this time around, but there are many moments of rock grandeur, particularly on the first single, "Man," and the final track, "Ragtime."

The album's long title may make it seem like she's gone all Fiona Apple on us, yet Neko is still Neko. There's moodiness and haunting personal revelation, but a few of the tunes are upbeat, and they blend together beautifully. Her musical collaborators include M. Ward and members of My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Los Lobos, Calexico, and Case's own band, The New Pornographers, all very good company. They contribute soaring, richly layered accompaniment.

I've followed Case since the late 1990s, when she lived and performed here in Seattle and put out her first solo record, "The Virginian," a superb tribute to her country roots. But she's refused to be identified with any single genre (including "country noir") and has constantly evolved to create her own unique sound. Since 2009's "Middle Cyclone," she went through a deep depression after losing her beloved grandmother and both of her parents, who suffered from mental illness and substance abuse. Those painful experiences are reflected in her new music.

Family dynamics are central to the dramatic album opener, "Wild Creatures." Gender issues are featured on other tracks, such as "Man" and the equally rocking "Bracing for Sunday," which has a tragic tale at its core. We hear the loneliness of life on the road in "I'm from Nowhere," "Calling Cards," and the harmony-filled "Local Girls." "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" is an arresting a cappella vignette of verbal violence, while a cover of Nico's "Afraid" is a delicate enigma (and yes, Nico and Neko are pronounced the same way: NEE-ko).

Through these songs, it feels like Case is attempting a kind of catharsis. The clarity of her fabulous voice and the brutal honesty of her lyrics (f-bomb alert!) make a potent emotional combination, simultaneously tender and tough. No doubt she will move on to new territory, but the one she's staked out here is a wonderful place to reflect on what the vicissitudes of life and the passage of time do to our hearts and minds.

The deluxe edition of "The Worse Things Get" includes three bonus tracks, the first of which is a cover of a Robyn Hitchcock tune; the remaining two revisit songs from the "Middle Cyclone" period.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down a notch from her last two efforts 8 Oct 2013
By Scott Yanoff - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan and basically consider "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" as a desert-island disc. "Middle Cylone" was still quite wonderful, but something changed a bit on this album. The previous albums had some incredibly powerful songs and while this album has them, there are just fewer occurrences of them. Perhaps it's the characterizations of "Fox Confessor..." that set that album apart and the mixture of good interpretations of others' work ("Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth", "Don't Forget Me") coupled with some whimsy ("This Tornado Loves You", about a dream she had about a tornado with romantic tendancies, along with "Middle Cylone" and the goofy instrumentation chosen for that son). Nothing on this album quite tugs at the heartstring as when Neko sings "...and I choke it back, how much I need love" on "Middle Cyclone".

That said, this is still a really solid effort but I agree with those fans who recognize that it is not her best work. While swearing in songs does not shock me at this point in my life, I did find it mildly disappointing that some of the catchier tunes relied on F-bombs that might prevent the entire family from partaking in Neko's still-gorgeous voice. The album really peaks with "Calling Cards" and "City Swans", the most toe-tapper of the lot. "Calling Cards" especially recalls some of Neko's more touching songs such as "Middle Cyclone" and "At Last", but it's the climb towards a climax at the end when Neko really could let loose but doesn't quite when she sings "with our arms around each other/and our faith still in each other". It's this dance with the edge of a climax that I so enjoy in Neko's songs; and had there been a bit more of that here, I'd rate this at 5 stars instead of 4.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misstep for Neko, looking forward to the next one 30 Dec 2013
By J. Sayer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a huge fan of Neko since Fox Confessor and have all her studio albums and some of the live stuff. I always wait anxiously for her new albums, and this one was no exception. I heard a preview on NPR of "Where Did I Leave that Fire?" and was a little underwhelmed, but still preordered the album and immediately popped it in for a listen when it was released. And... it just doesn't do anything for me. Typically, I absolutely love over half of the songs on her albums, I like most of the rest, and there are usually one or two duds that I just skip. I pretty much always absolutely love the albums from the beginning and that usually deepens as I listen to it more. For this album, it felt like an album of duds with a couple songs (like Local Girl) that are just "likes", and that hasn't improved as I've forced myself to listen to it again hoping it would grow on me.

As for the Deluxe version, I find Madonna of the Wasps to be the strongest addition. Yon Ferrets Return is kind of blah, and I almost feel like deleting all traces of Magpie to the Morning. That was one of my favorite songs on Middle Cyclone, one of the most beautiful songs she has ever released, and this version is vastly inferior in every way including her vocals which sound like she phoned it in compared to how emotional the original was. I'm almost mad that she released this, especially after it was just on the last album.

I love Neko, and have seen her live, and will continue to be a huge fan. Every artist needs to express themselves in different ways, but this album just didn't speak to me.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster at best 5 Oct 2013
By J. Pickle - Published on Amazon.com
I really had high hopes for this album, but I am disappointed once again. I have been a big fan of Neko's since The Virginian and thought everything she released up until Middle Cyclone was fantastic. That was a mediocre album and much of this album sounds like the songs that didn't make it onto that one. The song arrangements are tired after being trotted out for three consecutive albums. The lyrics are becoming more "standing-on-a-soapbox-and-whining" than what I care to hear. I used to think she was a punk-as-f#ck country singer, but now I think she's drifted towards jazz-lounge-singer. Her voice still gives me cold chills, though.
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