Alt.country star Neko Case has earned her cult following; she belts out songs like a burlesque house Patsy Cline, her brash lyrics fading into sentimental phrases as a chorus of drunken cowboys cry in the background. - Paste
Recorded over seven nights and at three different venues in Chicago and Toronto, The Tigers Have Spoken finds Neko backed by a full band featuring The Sadies and steel guitar whiz Jon Rauhouse along with special guests Kelly Hogan, Carolyn Mark, Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops, Paul Morstad, and Brian Connelly. While The Tigers Have Spoken is a live album, it is not your typical career retrospective -- only two of the eleven songs are from Neko's back catalogue. In addition to two new original compositions, Neko wraps her powerful pipes around a surprising collection of covers written by artists like Buffy Saint Marie, Loretta Lynn, the Shangri-La's and Freakwater's Catherine Irwin. The set closes with impassioned versions of the standards, "Wayfaring Stranger" and "This Little Light", which Neko forever makes her own.