Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You

What is up with these albums with long names? I guess we can just refer to it as the latest Neko Case album from this point on. Part feminist tome and part self exploration, the album is filled with great songs that will cause you to grow in appreciation of them with each listen. Tender moments are to be found on several tracks while others will challenge you. Up front and center on at least two tracks are her feminist inclinations. Gender issues are most certainly important to her. What the album does provide is a window into the mind and soul of the artist. While there definitely a lot of thinking going on here there are also enough rock ‘n roll moments to satisfy those types of fans as well. There is no doubting the strength of spirit that this woman possesses once you listen to the track “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu”, a song about child abuse which she does a capella. There is also no doubting the range of this woman’s voice. She can sing an Aretha Franklin style tune (“Local Girl”) just as easily as she slotted into the alt-country sound of her sometimes band, The New Pornographers.

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