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

Neko CaseAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 3, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B00DBRT5D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anti Records presents Neko Case's much anticipated 2013 studio album (and first album in over four years), The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. 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 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.

Deluxe CD includes 3 bonus tracks.


"The most potent album of her career." --Pitchfork

"One of America s best and most ambitious songwriters." --Rolling Stone

"Ms. Case s voice is open and robust, with the richness of prime Linda Rondstadt and Patsy Cline." --New York Times

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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warmer Side of Neko September 1, 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful settings for a stunning voice September 3, 2013
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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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down a notch from her last two efforts October 8, 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Record
Another strong output by Ms Case. Starts off right where Middle Cyclone left off.
Published 1 month ago by The Cavin Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Neko. She defies classification
Gotta love Neko. She defies classification, which by itself rates 4 stars. Great voice, and just a slight twist in her lyrics, ah, poetry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stephen hess
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but beware of cussing.
I don't like her cussing in this one. A little surprised when I first played it and had to censor for my kids! Come on Neko!
Published 3 months ago by Mid Mich Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it but it must have been sent to me by mistake.
Published 3 months ago by Strider
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Neko at her best
Published 3 months ago by John Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite neko
This is the one I reach for before I grab my car keys. It's really good, she's better with each one.
Published 4 months ago by Iam57
5.0 out of 5 stars It really grew on me
Another great collection of songs. I had a hard time connecting with this album at first. But after a few listens I found I couldn't get them out of my head. Read more
Published 6 months ago by metafarmer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neko's best
Haunting and beautiful. I love the harmonies of Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. The three bonus tracks at the end are a nice addition, but the album's complete without them.
Published 7 months ago by Maria L Surprise
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough Said.
It's Neko. Enough said. Her voice will penetrate your soul and move you to levels you never thought possible and have you begging to listen to more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Jaquay
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu"
...and for me....the song with the most controversy strikes a chord with me, as I think about someone very close that had a mother just like this.....and said those things..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Kieffer
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