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Neko Case


First solo release for five years from the singer-songwriter and New Pornographers member working with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    The majority of Hell-On consists of genre-resistant songwriting best (if rather narrowly) described as chamber pop, with hints of Case’s various musical incarnations over the decades sprinkled throughout
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    There’s foreboding to these deep, eerie songs with their ticking tempos, mysterious synthesiser sounds and bright vocal harmonies left hanging rather than resolving neatly
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Hell-On is incredibly dense and eclectic; each moment sonically plays up Case's lyrics and her inimitable delivery
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  4. 8.7 |   Gig Soup

    What “Hell-On” proves more than anything, is that Neko Case, even after a quarter-century, is inextinguishable
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  5. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    A wonderful new chapter of Case’s career
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  6. 8.2 |   Earbuddy

    Neko Case still fights harder than most
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As Neko Case gets older, her songwriting and overall musicianship have no intention of plateauing. Instead, they grow with her, and the end result is always something organic and strangely beautiful
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  8. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Neko Case doesn’t do small
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Neko Case's clarion pipes remain the calling card, but on her 8th studio LP, between lyrics and vocal arrangements, they've never channeled more imagination or sense of purpose
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  10. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Terrific, genre-agnostic, return
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This is an album of disparate musical tones that together create an emotional journey
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As ever, Case finds room for expansive manoeuvres in the gap between her lusty, orthodox pop choruses and droll, deadpan voice. Still a singer-songwriter like no other. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s a remarkably consistent, concisely-written album but standouts include the dramatic Dirty Diamond and the closer Pitch Of Honey, which shifts thrillingly from a foreboding start to a joy-filled climax. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Case is far more than an “effective manipulator”, she is in fact one of our most underrated songwriters. Hell-On is a good demonstration of just how great she’s become
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  15. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Hell-On is an impressive adventure through the mind and talents of one our most erstwhile and beloved musical treasures
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The veteran singer-songwriter is on the form of her life on her eighth studio album
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  17. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Yet another perceptive unraveling, a worthy document that leads us through her many moods
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    It shows that whatever life brings her, Case can turn it into something startling. Print edition only

  19. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    A dense album that searches for connection amid human cruelty and chaos
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  20. 7.5 |   The 405

    We are guests in her world, after all, and Hell-On is precisely the breezy rock record we may need right now. If you need proof, any of the 12 tracks here will suffice
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Hell-On follows the same basic outline as Neko Case's records since she refined her sound way back on 2002's Blacklisted. But as always, there are wrinkles
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  22. 7.0 |   The Music

    A bona fide return to form for Case
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  23. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    With Hell-On, Case continues to cultivate fresh expressions of personal growth from familiar terrain
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  24. 6.0 |   American Songwriter

    Easier to appreciate and admire than enjoy
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  25. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Images both earthy and heavenly make repeated showings, but case's vexing concern is troubled humans. Print edition only

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