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)Middle Cyclone2009
The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
(2013)
Deluxe Edition
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Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club C[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
MSN Music A−[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]

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 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" Case, Paul Rigby 3:31
4. "I'm from Nowhere" Case, Rigby 3:01
5. "Bracing for Sunday"   2:18
6. "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu"   2:37
7. "Calling Cards" Case, Rigby 2:36
8. "City Swans" Case, Rigby 4:08
9. "Afraid" Nico 2:20
10. "Local Girl"   2:36
11. "Where Did I Leave That Fire?"   3:27
12. "Ragtime" Case, Rigby 5:14
Total length: 38:14
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Madonna of the Wasps" Robyn Hitchcock 3:46
14. "Magpie to the Morning"   2:56
15. "Yon Ferrets Return" Case, A. C. Newman 1:16

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (September 2, 2013). "Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get ...' album review". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Brown, August (September 2, 2013). "Review: Neko Case gets personal with 'The Worse Things Get...'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 6, 2013). "The Julie Ruin/Neko Case". MSN Music. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Cooper, Leonie (August 29, 2013). "Neko Case – 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love'". NME. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (September 5, 2013). "Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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.