Best Yet (despite cover art)
Neko Case is the Princess Mononoke of the Modern World.
Like most Neko albums, it gets better with each listen. The sonic layers are pure liquid soul bliss and the harmonies at times are almost too beautiful to handle. Neko is a master of going from a nuanced feather light touch to a howling chorus of wolves encircling you with blood and rage in their eyes... and then back again to the gentle loving mother's caress. A true master.
Perfect as your introduction to Neko Case and her amazing band, although it is quite an evolution from classics such as Blacklisted or The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
"We were warriors!
We clothed ourselves in the guts of our enemies
Who’d no respect for the wild"
Another Great Album
By Pointless Nickname 320748
Although it's not perfect, I feel as though this is some of Case's best work and that's certainly saying something. Lyrically and musically engrossing throughout (Bad Luck being the only song that I feel doesn't live up to the rest of the album) with themeatic undercurrents of the sea and old sailors sprinkled about to tie it all together, this is an album I could listen to over and over again.
One of Her Best Efforts
Hell-On is one of Neko's best efforts to date. Highly recommended for any fan of her work.
Okay, but not great
I should preface this review by saying that my favorite Neko album is Furnace Room Lullaby. If you didn't like that album, then my comments are irrelevant to you. Neko brings her gorgeous voice and usual stellar lyricism to this album. However, the music never really grabbed my attention. There were no cuts where she really cut loose with that big voice. I have often told people that Neko has never done a bad song. Probably still true, but no great ones on this album.
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Artsy Crap .!
By Raffia ophthalmic
This is crap. My dog howls in pure agony at this. You would have to be a deaf Liberal to appreciate this album, but knock yourself out.!
Neko Case is one of the best song writers out there - funny, dark, complicated.
Gut punches and bear hugs.
This is a really, really great album.
Rich, Deep, On Fire
Confessed big fan, this album still amazes with it's force and subtlety, fantastic harmonies and Neko's usual poetic maneuvers. After about 5 listens I feel totally drawn in, excited to see what else jumps out from the songs - so many layers! so fun to listen! so powerful! Keep up the good work, Neko! And anyone who gives this album less than 3 stars is a knucklehead!
She’s a lyrical genius!! Congrats on another great album Neko!
By Nick DePascal
A really deep, complex, and terrific album from a contemporary master. It’s a straight through listen with hooks and heartbreak galore. Buy it!