Middle Cyclone | CD


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  1. This Tornado Loves You
  2. The Next Time You Say “Forever”
  3. People Got A Lotta Nerve
  4. Polar Nettles
  5. Vengeance Is Sleeping
  6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
  7. Middle Cyclone
  8. Fever
  9. Magpie To The Morning
  10. I’m An Animal
  11. Prison Girls
  12. Don’t Forget Me
  13. The Pharaohs
  14. Red Tide
  15. Marais La Nuit

Neko Case’s last album, 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, achieved that rare plateau where critical acclaim meets commercial success. Along with her work in pop darlings The New Pornographers, Neko’s string of extraordinary releases has brought her that iconic status where an artist can forge an uncommonly deep and meaningful bond with her audience.

Neko’s many fans hang on her impressionistic lyrics, classic pop harmonics, and luxurious voice, and her new album, Middle Cyclone, revels in all three. With Neko’s indefatigable touring band (guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse and drummer Barry Mirochnick) building the bedrock of the tracks, Case was able to bring in a collection of friends and fellow travelers including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys, and Giant Sand. From the ragtag “piano orchestra” that drives the Phil Spector majesty of “Don’t Forget Me,” (one of two carefully conceived covers on the album) to the guitar/vocal intimacy of “Middle Cyclone,” the new album represents both a continuation and a profound leap for Neko Case – the fusing of her longterm themes of nature vs. man into a shining lyrical broadsword, like the one she wields on the extraordinary album cover. “Things like animals and nature, they‘re located in the tender receptor of my brain. I’m just now trying to come to terms with the notion of loving people as much as I love those other things – because I grew up in a way that made me love the one but not the other.”

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