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Neko Case rattling cages for better on ‘Worse’

Midway into Neko Case’s new album, she sings a song presumably based on a memory of something she once heard between a mother and her child. It’s called “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu,” and she sings it a cappella.

I won’t ruin the surprise of what she overheard that night and then recites on the chorus — and we couldn’t print it, anyway, because of the coarse language — but suffice to say that it’s one of the most startling moments you’ll hear on a record this year.

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