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
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
GenreAlternative rock, country
Length38:14
LabelANTI-
ProducerTucker 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)
Hell-On
(2018)
Deluxe Edition
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Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[1]
Metacritic84/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubC[4]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A−[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork8.2/10[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Spin8/10[12]

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 tracks are written by Neko Case, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wild Creatures" 2:39
2."Night Still Comes" 3:47
3."Man"Case, Paul Rigby3:31
4."I'm from Nowhere"Case, Rigby3:01
5."Bracing for Sunday" 2:18
6."Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" 2:37
7."Calling Cards"Case, Rigby2:36
8."City Swans"Case, Rigby4:08
9."Afraid"Nico2:20
10."Local Girl" 2:36
11."Where Did I Leave That Fire?" 3:27
12."Ragtime"Case, Rigby5:14
Total length:38:14
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Madonna of the Wasps"Robyn Hitchcock3:46
14."Magpie to the Morning" 2:56
15."Yon Ferrets Return"Case, A. C. Newman1:16

Personnel[edit]

Primary musicians
  • Neko Case – Vocals (1-15), Backing Vocals (1-3,5-7,10,11), Guitar (1,3,5,14), Tambourine (3,8,10), Jingle Bells (10), Percussion (15)
  • Kelly Hogan – Backing Vocals (1-3,5-7,10)
  • Jon Rauhouse – Electric Guitar (1,2,5,7,11,12), Pedal Steel Guitar (1,5), Acoustic Guitar (4,8), Banjo (11,14), Trombone (12), Hawaiian Guitar (14)
  • Paul Rigby – Electric Guitar (1-3,5,7,8,10-12), Acoustic Guitar (1,5,7,8), Twelve String Guitar (10)
  • Tom V. Ray – bass (1-3,5,7,8,10-12,14)
Additional musicians
  • Eric Bachmann - Backing Vocals (15)
  • Steve Berlin – MIDI Saxophone (1,2), Baritone Saxophone (2,5,19,12), Flute (5,11)
  • Carl Broemel – Electric Guitar Solo (8) and Autoharp (9)
  • Joey Burns – Cello (2,8,10,12), Baritone Guitar (10), Bass (11)
  • Tracyanne Campbell – Vocals (6)
  • John Convertino - Drums (5,7,10-12)
  • Kurt Dahle – Drums (1-3,5,8,12)
  • Rachael Flotard – Backing Vocals (1-3,5,6,10)
  • Howe Gelb - Organ (13), Synth (13)
  • Tom Hagerman – Violin (10), Viola (10)
  • Jim James – Backing Vocals (2)
  • Bo Koster – Piano (1-3,7,8,11,12), Organ (1,5,10,12), Mellotron (1), Bass Organ (1), Synth (2,8,12), Keyboards (3), Melodeon (7), Wurlitzer (7), Clavinet (8), Vibes (9,11)
  • Tommy Larkin - Drums (13)
  • Nick Luca - Bass (13), Guitar (13)
  • Carolyn Mark - Backing Vocals (14)
  • A. C. Newman – Backing Vocals (2,6,12), Guitar (15)
  • Marc Ribot – Piano (9)
  • Craig Schumacher – Chimes (10)
  • Chris Schultz – Sonar Samples (11)
  • Steve Turner - Electric Guitar (1,3)
  • Jacob Valenzuela – Trumpet (7,12)
  • M. Ward – Electric Guitar (2,3,10), Vocals (13)
  • Martin Wenk – Trumpet (7,12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You by Neko Case reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Reviews for The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You by Neko Case". Metacritic. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case". AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Lewis, Catherine (September 10, 2013). "Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (September 2, 2013). "Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get ...' album review". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Costa, Maddy (August 29, 2013). "Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You – review". The Guardian. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Brown, August (September 2, 2013). "Review: Neko Case gets personal with 'The Worse Things Get...'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 6, 2013). "The Julie Ruin/Neko Case". MSN Music. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Cooper, Leonie (August 29, 2013). "Neko Case – 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love'". NME. Archived from the original on September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (September 5, 2013). "Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight..." Pitchfork. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Hermes, Will (September 3, 2013). "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Harvilla, Rob (September 3, 2013). "Neko Case Gets Manlier (and More Vulnerable) on the Morosely Triumphant 'The Worse Things Get'". Spin. Retrieved February 11, 2016.