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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Eric Bachmann, Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Doug Gillard, Kelly Hogan, Mark Lanegan, k.d. Lang, AC Newman, and Laura Veirs, was self-produced with co-production on six tracks with Bjorn Yttling of PeterThe latest full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Eric Bachmann, Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Doug Gillard, Kelly Hogan, Mark Lanegan, k.d. Lang, AC Newman, and Laura Veirs, was self-produced with co-production on six tracks with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 1, 2018
    100
    Hell-On, Case’s seventh album, addresses [when a newspaper invaded her privacy] at the hands of selfish writers and cruel men--and finds Case asserting the facts of her life with daring candour and wit.
  2. May 29, 2018
    90
    Hell-On is incredibly dense and eclectic; each moment sonically plays up Case's lyrics and her inimitable delivery--which can turn from tough to vulnerable, to casually wry and to siren-esque within a few lines. It's chock full of delicious attention to detail.
  3. Jun 7, 2018
    90
    With Hell-On, Case has once again given herself an ideal showcase for her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and producer; it's lush but intimate, and one of the strongest and most satisfying records she's delivered to date. Which, given her catalog, says a great deal.
  4. 80
    Hell-On is one of Case's moodiest solo records to date.
  5. Jun 1, 2018
    80
    It’s a richly realised record and one that is as powerful a statement in support of Case’s measured musical expertise as it is her long-established prowess as a lyric writer.
  6. 80
    “Sleep All Summer,” which features Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann brings his harsh vocals to the forefront of the track, which unfortunately make it challenging for Case to standout. But it’s a small flaw in a gorgeously curated record that reveals Case is never really done reinventing herself.
  7. Mojo
    May 24, 2018
    60
    Images both earthy and heavenly make repeated showings, but case's vexing concern is troubled humans. [Jul 2018, p.88]

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  1. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    Mesmerizing, her best album yet in my book. No other artist creates like Neko, whimsicaly juxtaposing Lynchian dystopia with joyouslyMesmerizing, her best album yet in my book. No other artist creates like Neko, whimsicaly juxtaposing Lynchian dystopia with joyously unrestrained pop sing alongs, in the same song! As a producer, she doesn’t clutter the soundscape, she lets the songs and instruments breath. Those male voices are a welcome texture in her aural nebula too. And of course, that voice of hers... On this album, you discover Neko with every listen, and you only want to discover more. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    One of those albums that is good on first listen, but with every additional listen you hear more and more. A lyric nugget, an evocative sound,One of those albums that is good on first listen, but with every additional listen you hear more and more. A lyric nugget, an evocative sound, a hint more insight into Neko Case. Expand