Neko Case’s highly appraised Palace Theater performance last year was such a hit, she booked two nights this time around. Her 5/2 show at the Fitzgerald Theater was one of two incredible nights in St. Paul.
It’s been almost a year since Case’s latest album hit the airwaves. The Last Lion of Albion is Case’s seventh studio album, and if her discography didn’t give you the memo, this self-produced album will: Neko Case is a pro.
The beloved performer delighted her audience with old and new favorites, transitioning from Middle Cyclone records to Last Lion of Albion with melodic ease. Her vocals soared perfectly throughout the theater, and brought new depth to songs like “Calling Cards” and “Hold On, Hold On”. Her backup singers followed her like vocal shadows, providing a lush and gorgeous backdrop to Case’s fierce voice.
The audience soaked up every minute with a palpable reverence that is held only for the greats. It was clear that seeing Neko Case perform was an honor for them, with each song holding a unique meaning in their lives.
Neko Case’s performance that night was medicinal—proof of something great. She sang songs about pain and confusion with ease, glancing at the ceiling every now and then. It was as if she was looking to some higher being, speaking with her eyes between verses, “look what I’ve done with all the hardship”. She created simple beauty from the painful complexity of life, and watching her perform it was the greatest testament to resilience there is.