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Concert review: Love, hate, loss and enigma in Neko Case's songs

Published on Mar 17, 2014 11:43 AM

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013) was forged in a time of loss and despair. You would not know it though from Neko Case's polite interactions with the audience at the Esplanade Concert Hall on March 16.

The American singer-songwriter's new album was written in the shadow of the deaths of her grandmother and her estranged parents and contains some of her most personal work to date.

But she did not refer to the difficult circumstances or rocky relationships directly, preferring to speak through her music instead.

One of the key moments in the concert was when she performed the hauntingly spare Nearly Midnight, Honolulu.

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