Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight...

"My brain wilderness is more dense and dangerous than I thought," says the always-interesting Neko Case. "It was an embarrassing and hilarious march, but I now feel like a more streamlined being. It's a good feeling." That sense of confidence and well-being permeates much of Case's new album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (September 3, ANTI-), a project with a title both verbose and, of course, revealing. Now settled in Vermont and just past the ripe age of forty, Case still comes out swinging in every sense of the word. Past personal demons still flicker throughout the album but Case approaches her inner self with a clear, honest eye and tougher, if tattooed, skin -- and an understanding that her relationship with the listener is built on something deeper than a commercial transaction. “I just want people to feel like I was straight with them," she declares, adding, " and messy, because I just let go and trusted them completely.” Messy? Maybe. But we love the whole multi-genre, multi-producer sprawl of The Worse, from open-heart ballad to zinging rocker. Her lyrics on tracks like "I'm From Nowhere" are as amusing, self-depracating and direct as ever, a facet of Case's unique style that remains as appealing as ever. Bravo. Click through below to stream "City Swans." Full album stream at NPR.

Neko Case - "I'm From Nowhere" (from The Worse Things Get...)

Neko Case - "City Swans" (from The Worse Things Get...)