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    Quote Originally Posted by just owls View Post
    Neko and Mark Lanegan?

    Holy fuck yessss!!!
    I really like The Harder Things Get, but after the brilliance that was Middle Cyclone my expectations were too high.
    Also, I still think it's a goddamn shame that Where did I Leave That Fire is over as soon as it starts to get amazing. It was the track she used as a teaser and I played that brilliant fragment on repeat so much that the by the time I heard the actual track itself, I was pretty heartbroken....
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    @wout I agree on both accounts! Middle Cyclone was my introduction to Neko (I actually gave it a go because of a lyric Kari had as her user title: I would trade you my empire for ashes), and it was absolutely brilliant and perfect in every way.

    Where Did I Leave That Fire was the song I most looked forward to hearing from anyone in years based on that clip, and the somewhat abrupt ending hurts EVERY TIME I listen to it. I still love it, but I really feel there is not enough room for the song to breathe. I am sure there is some intention in how it ends that I just don't get, but it always feels like someone sucking the air out of my balloon at the 3 minute mark.

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    Totally agree on all counts about Where Did I Leave That Fire. I love the part used on the trailer and wish it was four minutes of something built around that guitar and piano interplay.

    The Worse Things Get... , for me, just never found its way into the rarefied air in which Cyclone and Fox Confessir lives. I’d really love to hear what the album was like before she went back to “depersonalize” it. There’s something about it I don’t connect to. And while there are great songs and moments, I think it lacked a cohesive sound, which is something I’ve always loved about her albums. But maybe it’s not true that it’s not cohesive, as I always listen and think that it sounds like an album that could’ve been released in the 90’s. Maybe it’s the guitar? I don’t know. One thing I love about Neko is her penchant for Lynchian lyrics ( Prison Girls, Red Tide, Fox Confessor, etc. ) and Worse didn’t have enough of that atmosphere for me. However, Calling Cards and Late Night, Honolulu DO bring the waterworks.
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    Just chiming in on The Worse Things Get love. "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" is one of the most eerie and heartbreakingly beautiful songs she's ever written both musically and lyrically. And it's unlike anything in her catalogue.

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    My first Neko album was Blacklisted, and I think that one is still my favorite of hers. I was so struck by her writing and singing. I still get chills listening to her version of "Runnin' Out of Fools"--I think that is the most stirring vocal performance of her career to date.

    She's got a catalog to rival anyone's--she really has released great album after great album. I like The Worse Things Geta lot, but I don't love it quite as much as what came before. I still think it's excellent, though, and one track I love on it that doesn't seem to get mentioned that much is "Ragtime."

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    I love Ragtime! And Local Girls is one of my all-time favorite Neko tracks. Worse Things Get actually slightly edges Middle Cyclone for me.

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    Where Did I Leave That Fire / Ragtime came at a point in my life where I’d lost a couple people really close to me and I’d walled myself off from the world for over a year. I didn’t realize how much I needed those songs until that album dropped. It’s not my favorite album as a whole, which probably belongs to Middle Cyclone, but it’s still full of great songs.

    I also loved all her contributions to the case/lang/veirs project so I have high hopes for new Neko.

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    ^ Her tracks on case/lang/veirs were great--especially "Behind the Armory."

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    I'm not very familiar with her catalogue outside of "The Worse Things Gets", my introduction to her music. It's an album I dearly loved for quite a while but now rarely go back to. But that moment in "I'm From Nowhere" ... you know the one... right near the end, where the music drops out and she sings, after the briefest pause, "You're right, I'm from nowhere".... one of my favorite moments in all recorded music. Love love love that song.

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    ^ oh that’s a great moment.

    And lol. Nearly Midnight, Honolulu....not “Late Night”. I knew that sounded odd as I typed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    Where Did I Leave That Fire / Ragtime came at a point in my life where I’d lost a couple people really close to me and I’d walled myself off from the world for over a year. I didn’t realize how much I needed those songs until that album dropped.
    I had the same experience with those songs and major loss. “I’ll reveal myself invincible soon.”

    Middle Cyclone and Fox Confessor are tied for my favorite album. I tend to play them a lot together because they meld pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapefruit_is_winning View Post
    I'm not very familiar with her catalogue outside of "The Worse Things Gets", my introduction to her music. It's an album I dearly loved for quite a while but now rarely go back to. But that moment in "I'm From Nowhere" ... you know the one... right near the end, where the music drops out and she sings, after the briefest pause, "You're right, I'm from nowhere".... one of my favorite moments in all recorded music. Love love love that song.
    If you get a chance please explore more of her catalogue. I adore Furnace Room Lullaby, Blacklisted, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, and Middle Cyclone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kala View Post
    If you get a chance please explore more of her catalogue. I adore Furnace Room Lullaby, Blacklisted, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, and Middle Cyclone.
    Thanks! Definitely been meaning to, and I will for sure! I appreciate the recommendations - I've been introduced to so much great music through this forum, including Neko!

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    My introduction to Neko Case was through The New Pornographers. I heard a few albums by them and didn't like them. However, I was still fascinated by Neko. I then checked out Blacklisted and couldn't connect to it. Years later I heard Middle Cyclone shortly after its release and loooooved it!!! It's one of those albums that just clicked for me on first spin. The whole thing is packed with amazing, 10/10 songs and there's a lot of diversity within the album. It's also one of the rare collections where multiple songs have moved me to tears (I'm an Animal and especially The Next Time You Say Forever: the best song under 2 minutes ever). I think I loved Middle Cyclone so much, I was almost scared to listen to The Worse Things Get when it came out. I heard a small part of Man, didn't love it and put the album on hold for over a year. When I finally got around to it, I loved it on first spin too! Not only that, but I had heard some people calling Nearly Midnight Honolulu a terrible song on another forum and that ended up being my favorite (and yeah, it totally brings the waterworks).

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