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The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You [VINYL]

Neko Case Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B00DG9EWAG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK...but 30 Nov 2013
By John
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've listened to it quite a few times now and there is just nothing here which leaves a lasting impression.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning return! 4 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
On receiving the new Neko Case album through the post, it was a sure bet that there would be no disappointment to be had. Consistent quality has been a hallmark over the years - possessing a powerful, pitch perfect and captive voice, Neko Case is blessed with an ability to grab attention.

`The worse things get, the harder I fight...' is a real step forward! A grower, as most of her albums are, it is a mature, confident album of an artist in top form, supported by a stellar cast (M.Ward, Jim James, Joey Burns, John Convertino, Howe Gelb, Eric Bachmann....) In my experience, such support can often stifle an album, leading to bland, commercial mediocracy. My concern was just this, with artists such as Tift Merritt climbing the edges of the mainstream market. Not so here. There are a couple of songs which verge on a commercial sound, but Neko Case has written a terrific selection of songs, which are diverse, distinctive and in the main, utterly captivating.

It is hard (and futile) to pigeonhole her sound. There is a blend of country / alt country, folk and light rock influences as befits her upbringing, but there is so much more besides. Gently picked banjo to haunting a cappella, to pulsating rock (`Man'), to stunning atmospheric gems (`Calling Cards'). The lyrics too are strong - however, with such great tunes it could be gibberish as far as I'm concerned.

A great place to start if you're new to the artist. Top quality stuff and looking forward to the next offering!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warmer Side of Neko 2 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neko Case is something special 23 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Her voice, her lyrics and her strong musical sense are a joy - add the orchestration and recording and you've got a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 16 Oct 2013
By V. Dawe
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love all of Neko Case's albums and this is another beautiful, strong record, and as always, it grows each time you listen to it.
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