The Tigers Have Spoken Image
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  • Summary: The New Pornographers singer (and accomplished solo artist) offers up a live set of originals and eclectic covers, backed by The Sadies.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. A breathtaking 35 minutes. [12 Nov 2004, p.122]
  2. It's not a Case overview, but a standalone country-rock classic.
  3. Tigers cannot compete with an actual Case show, of course, and after Blacklisted we don't really need to be reminded of her talent, but, hell, why not?
  4. About as good as a live album can get.
  5. The only problem with this crackling sampler is that it clocks in at just 34 minutes.
  6. Case is a singer first and a songwriter second, and The Tigers Have Spoken is afflicted with the same malady as Blacklisted: Many of its songs are too short, clocking in under two minutes.
  7. It never sounds like much more than a bar band playing songs for friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. MikeW
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    LOL... What's wrong with a "bar band playing songs for friends."? Ok, clearly, the writer for The Guardian, Adam Sweeting, isn't a golfer. *whew....glad thats over* Ok, this album keeps me moving in my chair at work and weaving in and out of traffic when in the car (kidding, of course). But really, this album completey rocks! Her voice is very musically delicate and the sound quality beats that of other live performances i've heard. My ONLY dissapointment with this album is it's length. Could've put some fillers on it?? But I still give it a 10 because whats on the album kicks some serious butt....... Adam Sweeting from The Guardian goes on to say that Case's song "The Tigers Have Spoken" is a "nasty little piece". That's one of my favorites! It's sad and uniquely beautiful! I'll, clearly, never read The Guardian Expand
  2. MikeL
    Nov 10, 2004
    10
    Disapointing in length, a mere 35 minutes, but a great record from the most enchanting, yet underatted, country singer of our era. I was too young to see Patsy Cline in concert --she died when I was 5 years old-- but I have seen Neko Case peform live and I can say, without hesitation, that I've now seen the next best thing. This concert disc is a great reminder of those concerts, especially "Favorite" and "Wayfaring Stranger", two standout numbers from the shows I saw. I would highly recommend this CD to any music fan. Expand
  3. MichaelM
    Nov 12, 2004
    10
    Dear Guardian reviewer, This is what real musicians sound like when they play together feeding off each others energy. Maybe you should stick with over produced pop, try Ashlee Simpson. The only thing wrong with this cd is that is too short! Expand
  4. Sunil
    Nov 9, 2004
    9
    What would we do without Neko? This live album is as good as anything she's done in the studio. The normally-believable Guardian must've been given the wrong promo to listen to. Expand
  5. MikeB
    Nov 16, 2004
    9
    i've never enjoyed live albums, they just do not capture the live experience, but this is brilliant. the new songs thrill and the majority of the covers sound fresh and new once more. and that voice! wow. it'll take something special to remove this from the cd player. Expand
  6. jimr
    Nov 14, 2004
    9
    The Guardian is full of shit.
  7. mandrade
    Nov 10, 2004
    8
    and sounding like a bar band is bad?

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