Album Review: Hell-On by Neko Case

It’s been five years since Case’s last solo release. But, as they say, it’s been worth the wait. How does one categorize this artist in a word? That would be difficult, as this singer-songwriter seems to inhabit an orbit all by herself. She is a lyrical savant as evident in the spiritually charged title track and the ambitious “Curse of the I-5 Corridor.” And then there are moments of pure pop bliss like “Bad Luck” and her collab with k.d. lang “Last Lion of Albion.” Sprinkle in some catchy acoustic ballads and a lovely duet with Archers of Loaf vocalist Eric Bachmann called “Sleep All Summer,” and you have an album that should please fans and progressives alike.

Producer: Neko Case and Bjorn Yttling