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06-05-2003, 14:43:14
OK, well if you were wondering what track 15 on cd2 of LWP4 was, go read the article, debaser has put my bit up there now.

So now i better come clean and admit that i absolutely love Cat Power (aka Chan (pronounced Sean) Marshall) and so do a few other people too.

Her new album is called 'You are free' and i like it a lot.

http://www.moonpix.com/ is a great fan site and here is a review of the aforementioned new album

Review of You Are Free from Rolling Stone
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(4 stars)

In 1998, Chan Marshall released Moon Pix, the fourth Cat Power album. It started with a song about a musician who couldn't stop: "My friend sits at the drum/His magic hand feels nothing but time." Then she released an album of covers, and now comes You Are Free. It starts with a song about a musician who couldn't keep going: "You were swinging your guitar around/'Cause they wanted to hear that sound/That you didn't wanna play." It could be about Kurt Cobain, especially when she sings, "What a sad trick you thought you had to play." There's a stately piano line and a simple refrain, "I don't blame you."

Cobain's recalcitrance echoes across You Are Free, as if Marshall is trying to understand his sad trick, trying to figure out what it means to give up hope. During the past eight years, this Georgia-born songwriter has perfected her own desolate, disjointed version of folk music. Free may be her most beautiful album, as well as her cagiest: There are gaunt rock songs and ramshackle ballads, all painted with bold, sure strokes that belie her ambivalence.

Marshall doesn't lean into her words the way she used to, and even at its most passionate, her voice has an aching flatness that matches the lyrics. "We can all be free," she sings, but the song is called "Maybe Not." Eddie Vedder adds backup vocals here and there, and Dave Grohl drums on three songs, including "Shaking Paper," where his galloping beat brings out something sinister in the chorus "A good thing's coming."

The album's second-to-last song is a version of John Lee Hooker's "Crawlin' Black Spider," listed as "Keep on Runnin'." She swaps his swagger for stillness -- it's yet another sad trick, but this song isn't about giving up. Strumming a chord that never seems to change, she whispers, "Just keep crawlin' till the day I die."

(From RS 917, March 6, 2003)

oh and a nice piccy too, because she is a very pretty lady

Scabrous Birdseed
06-05-2003, 14:56:21
It got 4/5 plusses in my swedish bible Aftonbladet Puls as well.

06-05-2003, 15:09:53
You can hear some music samples here, and see her lovely pretty face in the videos too :love:


Lazarus and the Gimp
06-05-2003, 16:16:42
Somewhat astonishingly, I had a vague suspicion that it was Cat Power, despite never having heard her before. Even more astonishingly, I ordered "Moon Pix" yesterday on the strength of that whim.

06-05-2003, 16:34:03
I hear Moon Pix is good but i've only heard one or two tracks, the single Cross Bones Style being one, which i certainly like. If you do like it i expect you will like 'You are Free' too, which, according to the critics at least, is a more confident and accomplished record all round.

Scabrous Birdseed
06-05-2003, 16:37:06
Did the whim involve searching for the lyrics on google?

Lazarus and the Gimp
06-05-2003, 18:45:01
No, because then I would have felt obliged to identify the track in the reviews, thus astonishing you all with my godlike ability to recognise semi-obscure singer-songwriters, and leaving you all wanting to sleep with me.

I threw away a load of old "Uncut" CDs a week ago, and whilst doing so I noticed a Cat Power track on one. Though I've no memory of it, I think I absorbed something subliminally.