Neko Case: Man

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - — Cole Water­man

On a largely staid and pen­sive al­bum, Man is where Neko Case is able to just let loose. Thrust for­ward by drums that gal­lop like a mus­tang herd and M. Ward’s caf­feine-jit­ter­ing gui­tar licks, Case projects a char­ac­ter fu­elled by right­eous ire and a dec­la­ra­tion of self that bursts from be­ing sti­fled for so long.

Whether the nar­ra­tor is a trans­gen­der woman or a male who doesn’t live up to ma­cho stereo­types is up to the lis­tener, but ei­ther way, in the ve­hi­cle of Case’s inim­itable voice and scathing lyrics, the fig­ure is a con­fronta­tional badass, shed­ding his or her iden­tity cri­sis amid this mid­dle-fin­ger wav­ing an­them.

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