The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You

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The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
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Studio album by Neko Case
Released September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
Genre Alternative rock, Country
Length 38:14
Label Anti
Producer Tucker Martine
Neko Case chronology
Middle Cyclone
(2009)
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
(2013)
Deluxe Edition
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
NOW Toronto 4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 8/10[7]
Pitchfork 8.2/10[8]
Sputnikmusic 4.1/5[9]

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is the sixth studio album by American musician Neko Case. It was released on September 3, 2013 under Anti Records. The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neko Case, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wild Creatures"     2:39
2. "Night Still Comes"     3:47
3. "Man"   Neko Case/Paul Rigby 3:31
4. "I'm from Nowhere"   Neko Case/Paul Rigby 3:01
5. "Bracing for Sunday"     2:18
6. "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu"     2:37
7. "Calling Cards"   Neko Case/Paul Rigby 2:36
8. "City Swans"   Neko Case/Paul Rigby 4:08
9. "Afraid"   Nico 2:20
10. "Local Girl"     2:36
11. "Where Did I Leave That Fire?"     3:27
12. "Ragtime"   Neko Case/Paul Rigby 5:14
Total length:
38:14
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

A Limited "Deluxe Edition" CD and etched-vinyl versions of the album included three bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Madonna of the Wasps"   Robyn Hitchcock 3:46
14. "Magpie to the Morning" (Original version appears on Middle Cyclone)   2:56
15. "Yon Ferrets Return"   Neko Case/A.C. Newman 1:16

Personnel[edit]

The Band:

  • Neko Case - vocals, backing vocals, guitar, tambourine, jingle bells
  • Kelly Hogan - backing vocals
  • Jon Rauhouse - electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
  • Paul Rigby - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar
  • Tom V. Ray - bass

Additional Musicians:

  • Rachael Flotard - backing vocals
  • Bo Koster - piano, organ, Mellotron, bass organ, synths, keyboards, Melodeon, Wurlitzer, clavinet, vibraphone
  • Kurt Dahle - drums
  • Steve Berlin - MIDI saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute
  • Joey Burns - cello, baritone guitar, bass
  • AC Newman - backing vocals
  • Jim James - backing vocals on "Night Still Comes"
  • M. Ward - electric guitar on "Night Still Comes", "Man" and "Local Girl", vocals on "Madonna of the Wasps"
  • Tracyanne Campbell - vocals on "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu"
  • Horn Section on "Calling Cards" and "Ragtime": Jacob Venezeula and Martin Wenk, trumpets, Jon Rauhouse, trombone on "Ragtime"
  • Carl Broemel - electric guitar solo on "City Swans" and autoharp on "Afraid"
  • Marc Ribot - piano on "Afraid"
  • Tom Hagerman - violin and viola on "Local Girl"
  • Craig Schmaucher - chimes on "Local Girl"
  • Chris Schultz - sonar samples on "Where Did I Leave That Fire?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  2. ^ Christopher Monger, James. "Allmusic.com". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (2013-09-02). "Chicago Tribune Review". Chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  4. ^ Hadusek, Jon (Jun 27, 2013). "Album Review: Neko-Case-the-worse-things-get-the-harder-i-fight-the-harder-i-fight-the-more-i-love-you/". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jun 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Leonie (2013-08-29). "NME Review". NME.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  6. ^ Gillis, Carla. "Now Toronto Review". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  7. ^ Conaton, Chris (2013-09-03). "PopMatters Review". PopMatters.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  8. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (2013-09-05). "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  9. ^ Rudy K. (2013-09-12). "Album Review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-17.