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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release includes guest appearances from Howe Gelb, Mudhoney's Steve Turner, Visqueen, M. Ward as well as members of Calexico, Los Lobos, My Morning Jacket, the New Pornographers, was produced by Tucker Martine.
  • Record Label: Anti
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    95
    Almost every inch of The Worse Things Get is stout and strong-willed. [No. 102, p.52]
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    90
    On The Worse Things Get, there’s not a weak song.
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    88
    It’s music, fighting to be wild.
  4. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    If Middle Cyclone was all about the awesome but unpredictable power of nature, Harder is about the fallibility of one's own self.
  5. 80
    The melodies are forthright, the arrangements are hand played, and Ms. Case’s voice is open and robust, with the richness of prime Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline.
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    It’s a record that often elevates the listener through its integrity and intensity, and sometimes grates through its failure to find the right music to express its complex lyrical sentiments.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    50
    An album of songs that seem to be about love and loss but never quite connect emotionally, almost as though Case is so wrapped up in seeming ladylike that she never really remembers to let go.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    9
    This is easily her most sonically inaccessible album since 2002's Blacklisted, and maybe even more esoteric than that. The experimentation, however, is a necessary approach to keep the woman from being known only for her voice; she may, more than most singer-songwriters, need to rely on her song writing abilities more and more as she enters a more established, veteran phase of her career.

    The experimentation is also necessitated by the subject matter loss, resilience, complex reconciliation with angry feelings toward the past and comes off as her most novelistic (as well as autobiographical) effort in a catalog of visually robust songs. The voice, now legendary, serves as the listener's constant, a endlessly flexible yet always familiar entity that guides us through the ponderous, suffocating darkness in the middle of the album and toward the brilliant, rolling light in "Ragtime."
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  2. Sep 3, 2013
    8
    There's a positive change in her music, but her new sounds atmospheric and the rich textures are amazing. Her return is excellent not the best, but she is still a great artist. Expand
  3. Dec 24, 2013
    6
    A good album. Nothing amazing though. I do, however, enjoy the "Ragtime" track. The music is very uplifting. It's a clever move to put that track at the end of the album. Expand