The Tigers Have Spoken (2004) Part torched twang and part blue-eyed soul, Neko Case's voice vaults impressively over pedal steel, banjo, and assorted countrified six-strings on her fourth CD, The… 2004-11-09 Neko Case
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The Tigers Have Spoken (2004)

Details Release Date: Nov 09, 2004; Lead Performance: Neko Case

Part torched twang and part blue-eyed soul, Neko Case's voice vaults impressively over pedal steel, banjo, and assorted countrified six-strings on her fourth CD, The Tigers Have Spoken, recorded at several concerts this year with surf-C&W practitioners the Sadies and other guests. Case runs the emotional gamut of her alt-country songbook, from the swaggering ''If You Knew'' to the haunting ''Blacklisted,'' then takes on Loretta Lynn's sassy ''Rated X'' and turns ''This Little Light'' into a string-plinked gospel breakdown. A breathtaking 35 minutes.

Originally posted Nov 12, 2004 Published in issue #792 Nov 12, 2004 Order article reprints