Hell-On

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Hell-On
Neko Case - Hell-On.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)
Recorded
Length52:44
LabelAnti-
ProducerBjörn Yttling
Neko Case chronology
The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
(2013)
Hell-On
(2018)

Hell-On is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Neko Case, released on June 1, 2018, on Anti-. Case recorded the album largely in Stockholm, co-producing with Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John.[1]

Case has been touring to promote the album with fellow songwriter Ray Lamontagne.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubA[5]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[6]
The Guardian5/5 stars[7]
The Independent4/5 stars[8]
Mojo3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork7.7/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[12]
ViceB+[13]

Hell-On received universal acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 85 based on 21 reviews.[3]

In the review for AllMusic, critic Mark Deming praised the album; "With Hell-On, Case has once again given herself an ideal showcase for her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and producer; it's lush but intimate, and one of the strongest and most satisfying records she's delivered to date. Which, given her catalog, says a great deal."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neko Case and Paul Rigby, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hell-On" 4:11
2."Last Lion of Albion"Case, Jeff Galegher, Rigby3:38
3."Halls of Sarah" 3:53
4."Bad Luck" 3:59
5."Curse of the I-5 Corridor" 7:01
6."Gumball Blue"Case, Allan Carl Newman4:14
7."Dirty Diamond" 3:44
8."Oracle of the Maritimes"Case, Laura Veirs4:25
9."Winnie" 3:54
10."Sleep All Summer"Eric Bachmann5:04
11."My Uncle’s Navy"Case, Newman4:14
12."Pitch or Honey" 4:27
Total length:52:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 88
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[15] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 38
US Billboard 200[17] 31
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abdurraqib, Hanif (May 30, 2018). "Neko Case on her new album and moving on from tragedy: 'I've always been a person who fights'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Varga, George (May 27, 2018). "Neko Case, armed with new album, 'Hell-On,' is SDSU-bound with Ray Lamontagne". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Hell-On by Neko Case". Metacritic. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Hell-On – Neko Case". AllMusic. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Rife, Katie (May 31, 2018). "Neko Case is a force of nature on the masterful Hell-On". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (June 1, 2018). "Neko Case stomps the terra with the powerful 'Hell-On'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Snapes, Laura (June 1, 2018). "Neko Case: Hell-On review – a pitch-perfect roar of female defiance". The Guardian. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Ilana; Aubrey, Elizabeth; Morgan, Jessica (May 30, 2018). "Album reviews: Father John Misty, Roger Daltrey, LUMP and more". The Independent. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Nelson, Chris (July 2018). "Neko Case: Hell-On". Mojo (296): 88.
  10. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (June 5, 2018). "Neko Case: Hell-On". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Barton, Laura (July 2018). "Neko Case: Hell-On". Q (386): 108.
  12. ^ Hermes, Will (June 7, 2018). "Review: Neko Case's Fierce 'Hell-On' Is One of Her Best". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 7, 2018). "Robert Christgau on Merrill Garbus's Creative Compulsions". Vice. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #476". auspOp. June 9, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Neko Case Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Neko Case Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.