Neko Case - Hell-On
After a critically acclaimed, but somewhat sales light, start to her career the public attention in Neko Case started to pick up with 2014's The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. But that was four years ago. Which, quite honestly, is a lifetime in the always on, 24hr news and music cycle of today. Still the genre-agnostic singer has made strides on the Amazon top selling lists, so that absence doesn't seem to have made much difference.
And if it's drama you're looking for then a Neko Case album generally delivers that in spades, and Hell-On is no different. Continuing the variety from The Worse Things... Case does epic on the seven-minute plus 'Curse of the I-5 Corridor', she does rollicking melodies on 'Bad Luck', Americana-y riffage on 'Last Lion Of Albion', beautiful staging on 'Halls of Sarah', and electric folk on 'Oracle Of The Maritimes'.
It's all held together by her wonderful voice, and the harmonies she arranges with a top-notch supporting cast - including k.d. Lang, Mark Lanegan, Beth Ditto and Kelly Hogan. For someone so impossible to pigeonhole, you can tell a Neko Case album from a mile off; that's the impressive thing. Right?