Tigers Have Spoken

The Tigers Have Spoken

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by Neko Case
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
11/09/2004
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778674022
catalogNumber:
86740
Rank:
79008

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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
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
Mike Belitsky   Drums

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
Sadies   Composer
Catherine Irwin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sean Richards   Engineer
Peter J. Moore   Mastering

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