The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
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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.
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This album therefore is great to listen to, each track in its own way surprising you and giving you something slightly unexpected to listen to, in an exciting way. Just listen to the lyrics and the way she addresses issues head on, like a bull in a china shop. There is at times a certain eccentricity running through this album, but all to the better I personally think.
If you have never listened to Neko Case before, then now is definitely the time, with this, which is a great album.
`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!
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.Read more ›
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I've listened to it quite a few times now and there is just nothing here which leaves a lasting impression.Published on 30 Nov. 2013 by John
Her voice, her lyrics and her strong musical sense are a joy - add the orchestration and recording and you've got a great buy.Published on 23 Oct. 2013 by John Krish