Middle Cyclone (2009) Flame-haired chanteuse Neko Case has spent years building her reputation as the reigning boss lady of alt-country — a status predicated largely on her unimpeachably… 2009-03-03 Neko Case Country
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Middle Cyclone (2009)

Scarlet Fever: Neko Case
Scarlet Fever: Neko Case
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 03, 2009; Lead Performance: Neko Case; Genre: Country

Flame-haired chanteuse Neko Case has spent years building her reputation as the reigning boss lady of alt-country — a status predicated largely on her unimpeachably rich, expressive voice. It's only occasionally, though, that the material matches her gift; instead, a husky, atmospheric sort of placidity dominates. Middle Cyclone is the kind of record it's nearly impossible to hate: a pleasantly swirling strum and twang of guitars, gentle percussion, and That Voice. But few tracks here ignite great passion, either; even the highly sing-alongable ''People Got a Lotta Nerve'' is not — alas! — especially nervy. B

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Originally posted Feb 25, 2009 Published in issue #1037 Mar 06, 2009 Order article reprints