The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #24 – Neko Case

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Neko Case

WHAT: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Anti/Epitaph

WHY: I’m sure there’s a lot of us ladies who have wished to be Neko Case for a day. After all, she’s got to be one of the best singer-songwriters around these days. She’s cast her inescapable spell once again with The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, another stubbornly sassy collection of whip-smart lyrics and perfectly bittersweet Americana tapestries. A knack for turning everywoman romantic and general woes into songwriting gold has been with Case for years, and she just gets better all the time.

MY JAMS: “Night Still Comes” “I’m From Nowhere” “Calling Cards” “City Swans” “Local Girl”

[posted 3.15.14]


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