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Editors’ Notes

On her sixth studio album, the incomparable Neko Case returns to the exquisitely dark, structurally complex, yet unfailingly lovely songwriting that made her 2006 landmark Fox Confessor Brings the Flood so transcendent. “Night Still Comes” is Case at her most achingly gorgeous, even while singing tormented lyrics reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s “Every Single Night” (“My brain makes drugs to keep me slow… but not even the masons know what drug will keep night from coming”). “Bracing for Sunday” finds Case singing matter-of-factly about murdering the man responsible for a friend’s death. “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” is an appalled a capella lullaby to a child Case witnessed being viciously berated by his mother, while the darkly baroque “Afraid” gives us the gift of Neko covering Nico, the former Velvet Underground muse. Still, the album is not without lighter moments such as plaintive love song “Calling Cards” or the resilient, horn-swirling closing track, “Ragtime.”

Customer Reviews

It will grow on you.

First listen...some good songs, second listen...hey, this is a good album, third listen...she got me again! Thanks Neko!

Her best yet

I fell in love with Middle Cyclone so I figured that would be almost impossible to top but this album is amazing. Calling Cards is my current favorite song- so sweet and sincere. Just a warning, the first time you listen to Nearly Midnight, Honolulu your heart will break.

A beautiful collection of songs

I never know what to expect exactly from a Neko Case recording, which is fantastic. It's like waiting to open your presents on Christmas morning. It will take several more listens to really absorb it, but already it is becoming one of my favorites. It's just a gorgeous recording as well. If you love Americana and real muscianship, check this out.

Biography

Born: September 8, 1970 in Alexandria, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative country singer/songwriter Neko Case won a steadily growing cult audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Case moved around often as a child, spending the largest part of her youth in Tacoma, Washington. She left her parents at age 15, and three years later she started playing drums for several bands on the Northwest's punk rock scene. Case moved to Vancouver in 1994 to enter art school, and simultaneously joined the...
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