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The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You by Neko Case
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7/10 Ian 29 August 2013

Latest album from former New Pornographers singer-songwriter Neko Case, winning the award for longest album title of the year so far (let’s call it 'TWTGTHIFTHIFTMILY'!) and a pretty straightforward pop/rock album from a usually more folk/country kinda girl. Neko offers up a more urgent sound here, lots of American indie-rock bands spring to mind like Buffalo Tom and The Lemonheads.

With a great voice and a great songwriting talent Neko has already got some super albums under her belt and this is another great addition to her canon, produced by Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Beth Orton) and featuring a plethora of guest musicians like Steve Turner of Mudhoney, Howe Gelb, M Ward and members of Calexico and My Morning Jacket. 'TWTGTHIFTHIFTMILY' is a winning mix of alt-country, folk-rock and indie-rock with a dash of pop, all of this on a double LP with three bonus tracks, a temporary tattoo sheet and the entire album on CD as well.

8/10 John Lewis 23rd January 2016

Have this as part of the wonderful box set released at Christmas. Before this the wonderful Neko Case eluded me, but not now. Supported by a cast of alt country's finest Neko actually goes a little more rock and mainstream on this release. Personally I prefer some of the more country oriented albums by Neko Case and her Boyfriends but third track "Man" is a definite winner with it's almost grungy guitar, honky tonk piano soaring and biting vocals. The more acoustic " I'm from Nowhere' follows on side one, Neko's voice is spine tingling and sweet as candy floss on a spring evening. Side two opener "Calling Cards" is builds nicely but doesn't quite get where you think it should go. City Swans though is another great country rockers on the style of Lucinda Williams.

Overall this is a solid album and may well grow on me as have her others. Maybe not the best Neko Case album to begin with but if you like alt country then she is defiantly worth checking out.


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