The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - ANTI-
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Adam Pollock on September 5, 2013
Epic, lyrical, dark and uplifting, Neko Case’s new album channels the demons that the artist apparently came to terms with in the years since her last release, 2009’s critically acclaimed Middle Cyclone. Back then, Case was described as an alt-country singer-songwriter, and her New Pornographers collaborations cemented her status as an indie darling. This time out, Case inhabits her own genre and, in doing so, her work has achieved an even more impressive stature. Shorn of all au currant affectations, The Worse Things Get… is a straight-up singer-songwriter/rock album, and that’s all that’s needed to showcase Case’s magnificent vocals and soul-crushing, empowering lyrics. Examples flash by with each verse: “I wanted so badly not to be me,” “When you catch the light you look like your mother,” “Get the fuck away from me, why don’t you ever shut up.” Visceral and immediate, if this album doesn’t make you feel something, at least we know it did to Ms. Case.