Coming off one of the most successful albums of her career, Neko Case reflects on the past four years with her new release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Unfortunately the years between albums were spent dealing with the loss of family members and the grief that unavoidably followed. As a result, this new album is perhaps her most personal record to date. But as you'll hear, Case's strong-willed persona maintains as does her signature storytelling and dazzling vocals.
The Civil Wars burst onto the music scene just a few years ago with the release of their debut album Barton Hollow. And while the songs and music were endearing, the most attractive quality of all was the one-of-a-kind chemistry between singers Joy Williams and John Paul White. The two singers, who met at a songwriting seminar of all places, wasted no time stunning audiences with charismatic live performances and rode that wave of engagement to the Grammy awards where they took home multiple awards. That fairytale story fizzled as the duo decided to take an extended break with no current plans of taking the stage together again. Yet, with that said, the duo did finish their next recording. It's a reflective, self-titled album that may or may not tell the story of 'what happened' but regardless will satisfy the musical void that has been created.