This is very much ones for fans of whimsy, tall tales and singers whose voices make the likes of Britain's current crop of reedy voiced vocalists sound positively weak by comparison. Opener This Tornado Loves You is a study in classic Americana, while the excellent I'm An Animal is propelled by a beautifully drifting bassline and lush backing vocals.
There are moments of introspection too, courtesy of the pared down Polar Nettles and Vengeance Is Sleeping. Every track builds on Case's previous effort Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, making it without doubt one of the best album's of 2009 so far.
If you're after something more leftfield, or just desperate to escape an era of British mainstream music utterly lacking in creativity, nab yourself a copy of Middle Cyclone now.
Middle Cyclone by Neko Case is available now for £7.99 at Amazon MP3.