The Tigers Have Spoken

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Virginia-bred singer-songwriter has long been one of the stealthier prowlers on the alt-country scene, flying just under the radar with her singular blend of sultry performance and stinging lyricism. Since the live The Tigers Have Spoken is dominated by cleverly chosen cover songs, the focus is primarily on the former element, which is a perfectly fine state of affairs, given Case's ability to twist the strains like Loretta Lynn's "Rated X" around her finger like so much string. Recorded at a brace of shows in the spring of 2004, the 12-song disc not only shows off Case's twang -- which is nicely offset by her longtime collaborators in the Sadies -- it also ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Virginia-bred singer-songwriter has long been one of the stealthier prowlers on the alt-country scene, flying just under the radar with her singular blend of sultry performance and stinging lyricism. Since the live The Tigers Have Spoken is dominated by cleverly chosen cover songs, the focus is primarily on the former element, which is a perfectly fine state of affairs, given Case's ability to twist the strains like Loretta Lynn's "Rated X" around her finger like so much string. Recorded at a brace of shows in the spring of 2004, the 12-song disc not only shows off Case's twang -- which is nicely offset by her longtime collaborators in the Sadies -- it also integrates her pop savvy, as evidenced in a finger-poppin' cover of the Shangri-Las' "Train from Kansas City." Of Case's originals, the title track -- an allegory that equates a failing relationship with an animal newly released into the wild -- is the most immediately attention-grabbing, but the shimmering "Hex" isn't far behind. As with much of Case's work, The Tigers Have Spoken is a subtly addictive brew; its brevity makes it all the more easy to go back for another quaff.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the press release that accompanies Neko Case's 2004 live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, the singer and her record company insist quite strongly that this isn't meant to be a stopgap release on the way to her next studio project. To be blunt, Case protests a bit much on this issue -- an album featuring two re-recorded originals and five covers out of 11 tracks is carrying an awful lot of padding for something intended to be a proper "new" release. But if The Tigers Have Spoken is really intended to keep fans occupied until Case finishes her next project, she thankfully hasn't abandoned her standards of quality control along the way, and delivers some splendid music on this disc. Recorded over the course of three gigs in the spring of 2004, The Tigers Have Spoken features Case backed by fellow gifted Canadians the Sadies, whose web of deep, lonesome twang fits Case's repertoire like a glove, with Jon Rauhouse sitting in on pedal steel with his usual grace and flawless feel, and Kelly Hogan and Carolyn Mark contributing backing vocals that are little short of glorious. But the reason Neko Case is headlining over this stellar cast is because she has one of the finest voices to emerge from pop music in recent memory, and she's in firm command of her instrument on these performances. Allowing herself more room to rock than on 2002's Blacklisted, Case rips it up on covers of classic tunes by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Loretta Lynn, and the Shangri-Las, and "The Tigers Have Spoken" and "Hex" show Case isn't saving all her good new songs for the next album. Maybe Case is biding her time with The Tigers Have Spoken, but she sure isn't wasting it -- if it's a relatively minor effort, it still sounds like the work of a major artist, and there's lots of pleasure to be found in it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778674022
  • Catalog Number: 86740
  • Sales rank: 64,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Knew (2:30)
  2. 2 Soulful Shade of Blue (2:33)
  3. 3 Hex (4:59)
  4. 4 The Train from Kansas City (3:25)
  5. 5 The Tigers Have Spoken (2:41)
  6. 6 Blacklisted (2:11)
  7. 7 Loretta (2:09)
  8. 8 Favorite (3:36)
  9. 9 Rated X (2:49)
  10. 10 This Little Light (3:00)
  11. 11 Wayfaring Stranger (3:16)
  12. 12 [Untitled Hidden Track] (1:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neko Case Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, 6-string Electric Bass, Guitar (Tenor)
Sean Dean Double Bass, Upright Bass
Mark Downing Vocals
Kelly Hogan Tambourine, Vocals, Train Whistle
Mike Belitsky Drums
Brian Connelly Acoustic Guitar
Jon Rauhouse Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar
Dallas Good Electric Guitar, Vocals
Travis Good Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Carolyn Mark Vocals
Jennie Benford Mandolin, Vocals
Jim Krewson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Brad Hutchison Banjo
Technical Credits
Loretta Lynn Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Steve Cataldo Composer
Kelly Hogan Whistle
Doug McClement Engineer
Darryl Neudorf Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Neko Case Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Drawing
The Sadies Composer
Catherine Irwin Composer
Traditional Composer
Sean Richards Engineer
Peter J. Moore Mastering
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