They were the sound track to high school experiences, they were the feel-good songs of summer and they were just pure fun. MGMT was all of those things but its new direction bears no resemblance to their former selves.
Neko Case is a breath of fresh air, and she always has been. Few artists traverse the line of folk-country and alternative-rock as boldly or creatively as Case. At her most emotional, she is Regina Spektor with a guitar. At her most energetic, she is Alanis Morissette with an infinitely better songwriting ability. And with a voice this singular, Case should never be a musician you let slip between the cracks.