Cat Power/ Chan Marshall- genius or fruitloop?

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Personally I say genius (but I have to admit it's a fine line)

beth, Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

She's neither loony nor genius. She's a very sweet person.

nathalie, Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Funny thing: her records seem to be all about capturing something that other artists only capture live -- that is, the sort of off-time off-kilter weaving of someone who's not really playing to play well. The unfortunate effect of this is that when she plays live, it's even more rawly off-time and off-kilter, and good god can her live material be painful sometimes. You'd think, listening to one of those records, that she'd be a live powerhouse, but her performances ... sometimes it's as if she's just standing there dicking around.

Nitsuh, Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I've been listening pretty exclusively to "Myra Lee" these past few days and it really keeps unfolding as a great album. I like it way better than "Moon Pix" at any rate which was a bit dead sounding.

Anyhow, I agree with Nitsuh that she can be excruciating live. Once I saw her and she was telling them to turn up and turn down the monitors for 15 minutes. Having said that, she *was* a live powerhouse in the tour right after moon pix, when she was with two fellows (one of whom I believe was Jim White) who helped rein in her more neurotic impulses, I think. There are some people who don't need to eb onstage alone, and Chan is one of them.

neil., Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Oh, she's wonderful!
I never go to gigs anyway, so I wouldn't know what she's like live. Don't care. She's American, yeah? Bit like an American Beth Orton/Beth Gibbons fusion.

DavidM, Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
ok so I have found a cat power C/D thread and am greatly dismayed at the meager turnout. Did I mention I'm in love w/ chan marshall?? Chan is the best. She is quirky and cute and very very sweet. I truly believe that she is the genuine article. She just likes to sing songs and play the guitar and is completely without pretension. At her show a couple of weeks ago, she said "hey, guess what chord I learned since the last time I was here?" How cool is that? I've only seen her live twice, both within the past year and Ive loved both performances. I've heard comments about how painful or inconsistent the shows can be, but maybe that is from the olden days. Did I mention I'm in love with Chan??

ronnylongjohns: she's been singing this song, I saw it last summer too ronnylongjohns: I'm very eager to hear again, I hope she puts it on a record BlueOtterTwo: which song? ronnylongjohns: I dont know the name ronnylongjohns: It's the chorus I like BlueOtterTwo: tell me more BlueOtterTwo: ? ronnylongjohns: the chorus starts w/ her whistling this little melody ronnylongjohns: then she repeats the melody twice more but not whistling BlueOtterTwo: whistling?! ronnylongjohns: 2nd - wah wah WAH wah WAH ronnylongjohns: 3rd - Doo doo DOO doo DOO! BlueOtterTwo: neat ronnylongjohns: o my god it is the cutest thing I have ever seen BlueOtterTwo: i want it ronnylongjohns: at the end she got the audience whistling ronnylongjohns: over and over ronnylongjohns: while she did the wahs and doos BlueOtterTwo: i cannot whislte BlueOtterTwo: whistle ronnylongjohns: and when she realized that everyone was whistling ronnylongjohns: she got this tremendous grin ronnylongjohns: ahhhhhhh..... ronnylongjohns: sigh BlueOtterTwo: i think you are alive ronnylongjohns: I was for a minute there BlueOtterTwo: i meant in love

Ron, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

fucking hell

Ron, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

BlueOtterTwo: i think you are alive
ronnylongjohns: I was for a minute there
BlueOtterTwo: i meant in love

Best thing ever quoted on ILX award.

matthew m., Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Moonpix is an excellent album. I usually don't like 'singer- songwriters' but she is, i think, a especial talent. And, as has been mentioned before, very cute.

Julio Desouza, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wasn't Chan once linked to Mr. Smog Callahan? Such a mentally sound couple that would be.

bnw, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ronnylongjohns: awards sux0r
BlueOtterTwo: they do
BlueOtterTwo: if e ruled to world ronny
BlueOtterTwo: if we ruled the world
ronnylongjohns: i would give award to american gods
ronnylongjohns: and cat power
BlueOtterTwo: thank you
ronnylongjohns: the cool chick award
BlueOtterTwo: and i would give the grammy to cat power
ronnylongjohns: yeah
BlueOtterTwo: this is why we dont run the world
ronnylongjohns: we would never make it
BlueOtterTwo: we arent assholes
ronnylongjohns: oh i am an asshole alright
ronnylongjohns: you motherfucker!

Ron, Sunday, 21 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Ack. She is a genius. I am so much loving this new album that I've put four Cat Power threads into action.

S Samson, Monday, 24 March 2003 00:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i wish people would stop throwing the word 'genius' around like it were a bag of Baked Lays. Chan Marshall may be talented, but quite far from a genius. Grow up.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 24 March 2003 03:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i just want to say that i think fruitloop is a great and underused word

robin (robin), Monday, 24 March 2003 03:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

agreed

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 24 March 2003 03:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And "genius" and "fruitloop" are far from being mutually exclusive.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 March 2003 03:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
ah, roger adultery in fine form on this thread.

I have become the owner of "Myra Lee." I told my mom she might like Cat Power, but she didn't, so she donated the CD to me. It's okay so far. Previously the only Cat Power song I'd heard was that really popular one--I think it was called "I Don't Blame You."

Helios Creed (orion), Saturday, 9 October 2004 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I still think that "How" in Metal Heart, when she comes back in with it, is the most amazing syllable I've ever heard.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Sunday, 10 October 2004 00:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She's never done better than "Still in Love" and "Rockets" back-to-back.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Sunday, 10 October 2004 01:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

being off-kilter feeds the beauty that is her vision. probably the only really amazing talent she has that might be perceived to be "genius" is her evocative vocals, but this quality could easily be dismissed if one didn't enjoy her overall work. i dont know marshall personally but i am very familiar with her music and i find it exceedingly human and humane. so, um, i dig her.

j.m. lockery (j.m. lockery), Sunday, 10 October 2004 02:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Genius or madman"! I actually saw this actual phrase a couple of days ago in a newspaper in a museum. As a headline, from the forties. Below the 'genius or madman?' article was an article about how todays boxers were too soft, because they'd started using protective headgear and gloves. It was quite a long article. So was the genius or madman article. It devolved into this argument about whether epilepsy counted as madness.

m-ry-nn (m-ry-nn), Sunday, 10 October 2004 06:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nowhere near a genius. SOmetimes flaky. Oftentimes pretty damn good but genius? Come the fuck on!

junior thompson, Sunday, 10 October 2004 11:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She's never done better than "Still in Love" and "Rockets" back-to-back

This is, as you kidz say, OTM.

Vic Funk, Sunday, 10 October 2004 12:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Myra Lee is kind of a difficult album and not a great starting point, I don't think. I'd give anyone the Covers Album and dare them not to love it.

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 10 October 2004 13:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ice Water

chan was a big inspiration for me. a fruity folk heroine. the new dvd is out in a couple weeks. two hours of her playing outside in a field.

i want to make creep folk pscyh noise with her and she has me demos.

as for her live, Nitsuh is OTM. the thing is, live, when she is onto something & havng a good night. the show works at a level that no other singer-songwriter reaches today. i have a video of her from knitting factory 96 and she does this version of water and air that is just downright gut wrenching genius.

kephm, Sunday, 10 October 2004 13:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

um, gut wrenching goodness is what i meant to type

kephm, Sunday, 10 October 2004 13:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

plus she has played shows w/R. Meltzer, M Ward, Sonic Youth.

kephm, Sunday, 10 October 2004 14:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

my friend jessie used to love cat power but only because she knew she could play and sing better than cat power and it boosted her ego.

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 10 October 2004 14:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's why I like Jay-Z

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Monday, 11 October 2004 02:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sometimes Cat Power's guitar parts make me feel like I could play guitar, maybe. But seriously, her voice is crazy amazing, and I could never hope to touch it. Word.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 October 2004 03:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the covers record.

cºzen (Cozen), Friday, 15 October 2004 13:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I adore Moon Pix and it's one of my favorite albums, but Chan's onstage persona is so fucking contrived and retarded it makes me want to throw rotten tubers at her Dee Dee Ramone haircut.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 15 October 2004 14:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I own the covers record and have listened to it maybe twice. Like most of her stuff, it's pretty boring. Occasionally she does something good. Her new record has a couple of songs. But genius? Come on.

danh (danh), Friday, 15 October 2004 14:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dee dee had more of a skullet

kephm (kephm), Friday, 15 October 2004 14:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ok, so Johnny.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 15 October 2004 15:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Revive! Cos I'm listening to Myra Lee for the first time and couldn't find a Cat Power C/D thread!

I think so far Myra Lee is my favourite Cat Power album, despite never hearing it before. I have What Would The Community Think, Moon Pix, and The Covers Record and I think I'd rank them so:

Myra Lee > What Would The Community Think = The Covers Record >> Moon Pix

I know a lot of people like Moon Pix best but I just don't get it. Am I alone?

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 8 February 2005 16:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Well, good that she can laugh at herself,

It's not exactly funny though.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:53 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3FFkIIUkAA-L5O.jpg:small

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

finally, a definitive answer to the question in the thread title

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh nooo

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

ummm... false?

the greg evigan school of improvised explosive devices (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

no, wait, true - but correlation is not causation?

the greg evigan school of improvised explosive devices (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

i give up

the greg evigan school of improvised explosive devices (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

holy shit no!!!

flappy bird, Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

chan :(

flappy bird, Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

omg have you followed her on twitter, i did for a week or so

rip van wanko, Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:19 (one year ago) Permalink

nope... fruitloop?

flappy bird, Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:19 (one year ago) Permalink

This (upthread) was clearly not watched enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubigmaH2AOE

dlp9001, Friday, 27 January 2017 00:18 (one year ago) Permalink

She's being funny come on.

Or is she?

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 27 January 2017 07:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't like that performance at all. It is boring and lifeless. Her erratic personality with the ups and downs which was always an important part of her performances seems to be completely gone. The voice as well sounds streamlined to me. It used to be so expressive, now it is totally controlled. I think I have lost all interest in her music. To be honest I already had given up on her after the Covers Record which I still liked because of the nudity of her versions.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Her erratic personality with the ups and downs which was always an important part of her performances seems to be completely gone.

this enrages me. she's healthier now. demanding & celebrating instability from performers for our own vicarious thrills is so fuckin gross.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink

otm

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink

her erratic performances were not fun. I saw several of them. I left at least a few early because they made me too uncomfortable and they were, at times, frankly, scary. The first time I saw her (with the Dirty Three) she was charming, though obviously had some stage fright; the next few times were just...no. I'm really glad she's not in that space anymore. She's immensely talented. She deserves her success.

akm, Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I shared dressing rooms with her during several of those performances. the way people romanticized & continue to romanticize that time & those shows makes me sick & is a major factor in how jaded I am about music criticism in general

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:48 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/cat-power-wanderer.html
how has this not been posted yet?!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I love this:

But the rejection galvanized her. “The 70-year-old me, whom I have yet to meet, was like, You ain’t got no time for this shit. You fucking fuck those motherfuckers. You got your kid here. Keep working, do what you do. Life will continue. You’re going to be okay,” Marshall explains.

flappy bird, Friday, 5 October 2018 00:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Maybe the songwriting has gotten blander than what she did on the 90’s but I prefer this level of professionalism and overall healthiness in her than those erratic, trainwrecked performances that were very common in her 20+ years ago. She was miserable and as someone who went to one of her concerts, it also made for a terrible listening experience. Most of the people in the concert I went to wanted their money back. I didn’t ask for my money because I felt really bad for her but it was really not a good show.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 5 October 2018 02:44 (two months ago) Permalink

at the time I certainly didn't think I'd be going to see her again in 2018, in fact I probably doubted she'd be around by now.

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean I prefer it in the live performances. I too prefer the music from way back then.

Chan is in general a very frustrating vocalist for me because I really love her voice and she is easily in my top 20 but I rarely find her musical choices interesting.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 5 October 2018 03:05 (two months ago) Permalink

listening now, this album sounds great!

niels, Friday, 5 October 2018 09:40 (two months ago) Permalink

People who loved older Cat Power performances simply for her 'erratic personality with all the up and downs' just like to jerk off while watching women fail on stage, don't they? I thought we moved past that.

Anyway, the new album is giving me strong Covers Record / You Are Free vibes in how understated and stripped down it is. I was actually surprised how stark it sounds after the messiness of Sun and the lushness of The Greatest. Not breaking any new musical ground, sure, but I like it and I can see myself coming back to it a lot in the upcoming months.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 5 October 2018 09:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like that whole attitude is just the logical end-point of the whole fetishisation of imperfection/fragility/precariousness you get in some indie rock circles. As an aesthetic preference it's defensible (even if it's one I think is mostly lame) but when you're extending that to behaviour that's a product of obvious mental illness... I mean that's just grim.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 October 2018 10:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't remember anyone saying "wow Elliot Smith is so much better now that his sets are a goddamned drugged up mess"

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:30 (two months ago) Permalink

contemplating the fragility of existence always makes me horny

ogmor, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:41 (two months ago) Permalink

the idea that women artists aren't sufficiently fascinating unless they are figuratively bleeding on stage has always burned me up.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 5 October 2018 13:45 (two months ago) Permalink

32 minute radio show from today. Music and interview.

https://www.kcrw.com/latest/live-on-mbe-cat-power

nickn, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:25 (two months ago) Permalink

^ Thanks, this is awesome! A Cross Bones Style / Nude as the News mashup!

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Saturday, 6 October 2018 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like that whole attitude is just the logical end-point of the whole fetishisation of imperfection/fragility/precariousness you get in some indie rock circles. As an aesthetic preference it's defensible (even if it's one I think is mostly lame) but when you're extending that to behaviour that's a product of obvious mental illness... I mean that's just grim.

― Matt DC, Friday, October 5, 2018 7:08 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

definitely this but also the age old cliche' spouted by lots of non-hardcore music fans I've met who believe one must SUFFER for their art, which is total nonsense.

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 16:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I fell in love with Myra Lee and Dear Sir without really knowing anything about her (or drugs, illness) in the dial-up era, I still vastly prefer everything through You Are Free to anything after.

I don't see her substance abuse or mental health as integral to what made those albums great, though. The issues probably also robbed of us good live versions of that era, which is tremendously sad to me. She's said that "He War" was supposed to be a Stonesy rave-up (and performed it live that way, I guess?) but I've never found anything recorded in that style.

louise ck (milo z), Saturday, 6 October 2018 20:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I still vastly prefer everything through You Are Free to anything after

That's basically what I wanted to say. I got carried away upthread because of that lame performance of "Woman" on Colbert, I didn't want to imply that the artist has to suffer to create good or deep music. Bit those two do not exclude each other. I am happy for her that she seems to be much more stable and settled than before. All I wanted to say that I didn't like the stuff from the last 15 years or so. It was too loud and too over-produced. I must admit that the new album is in a way a return to the early, stripped down records. I especially like "In Your Face". And that MBE set with "Cross Bones Style" and "He Turns Down" is absolutely brilliant.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 6 October 2018 21:12 (two months ago) Permalink

this record led me to You Are Free last night, which I had somehow never heard in full, despite the fact that I love Moon Pix and WWTCT? is one of the most important albums in my life. fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. I actually did get a bit of a Stones vibe from the jagged syncopated riff in "He War."

flappy bird, Saturday, 6 October 2018 23:11 (two months ago) Permalink

you are free is my #1 cat power pick, other than Moon Pix

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Never would've expected Autotune on a Cat Power song, but then I would've said the same about drum machines prior to Sun (an album which I really like, seems the ILM massive sniffs at it).

Deontology Sanders (Leee), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like most of Sun but the three songs in the middle (Always on My Own > Real Life > Human Being) are basically subpar outtakes compared to the rest. They really drag the album down and mess up the flow in my opinion, whereas one of the best tracks from that era (Back in the Days) is just an iTunes bonus.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:01 (two months ago) Permalink

You Are Free always felt underrated to me. It’s easily one of her most solid records if not the most solid. It loses steam on the second half (“names” being a highlight amidst them) but the first 8 songs are amazing.

I don’t remember where I read that she doesn’t sound as comfortable on a piano as on a guitar but oddly enough I think most of her best performances are usually behind a piano and You Are Free’s best cuts are all piano-based imho.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:58 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s not my favorite album of hers but individual tracks are amongst my favorite Cat Power songs. There’s some beautiful moments in there that she hasn’t rivalled anywhere else in her work.

I feel like that album is peak Cat Power and everything after it marked a descent. I like hearing the way up, those albums before it, but the albums after it not so much. I have not lost interest at all though she’s always been worth following.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 06:18 (two months ago) Permalink

New record still hasn’t won me completely but I think her voice sounds incredible and the whole thing is very tastefully done. It might just be the wrong time of year for me to listen to it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 06:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't say You Are Free is underrated. It was kind of a breakthrough album for her

Number None, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Isn't You Are Free the only one that's been semi-canonised?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I love old school CP (haven’t heard “Nude as the News” rhapsodised, to me it’s breathtaking) but I will rep hard for the title cut of The Greatest - conventional, sure, but the vocal is one great melancholy bruise and it wrecks me every time.
But of course Moon Pix is the colossus.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 11:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I like the stuff pre-Moon Pix best but then I suppose I would wouldn't I - Myra Lee and What Would The Community Think - yeah Nude as the News is great, and the single Headlights which Discogs categorises under Cat Power (2) because Cat Power was apparently a band then vs a solo project later.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:07 (two months ago) Permalink

You Are Free always felt underrated to me. It’s easily one of her most solid records if not the most solid. It loses steam on the second half (“names” being a highlight amidst them) but the first 8 songs are amazing.

I don’t remember where I read that she doesn’t sound as comfortable on a piano as on a guitar but oddly enough I think most of her best performances are usually behind a piano and You Are Free’s best cuts are all piano-based imho.

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:58

yeah! Also the rudimentary style of the piano playing is super effective, much like the way it was on White Chalk

searching for Kelilah (Ross), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

if any of them are canonized it's Moon Pix

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

though I feel like MP, WWTC?, and YAF are equally well regarded. seems like the split itt and at large is between pre and post The Greatest.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:41 (two months ago) Permalink

The Covers Album seemed major at the time, and I might prefer it to her originals.

Pesto Mindset (Eazy), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:02 (two months ago) Permalink

most of her albums, except maybe the very first, were critically well received. allmusic gives them all 4 - 4 1/2.

some notes on WWTCT:

- Michele Romero of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A-rating, writing that Marshall "raises goose bumps on What Would the Community Think with bluesy, traumatized songs on which she whispers laments over a spare arrangement of guitar and drums

- Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield called the album "leaner and tougher" than her previous release, adding: "It's a quiet album, but the songs get more powerful the closer you listen, as Marshall testifies to her unbearable longing for an unbearable love."

- Music critic Mark Groescher wrote of the album: "Listening to What Would The Community Think is like watching a friend on the verge of losing her mind. It is a wild and sometimes disturbing ride, but it is completely honest. And like any great blues album, it is contagious."

- Biographer Elizabeth Goodman referred to the album as Marshall's "most violent, angry work, a deranged epic filled with sadness, guilt, and defiance."

- Allmusic's Heather Phares says "An intimate, personal album, What Would the Community Think makes imperfection beautiful and turns vulnerability into musical strength."

I like the earlier albums more because they're raw and less lush and beautiful sounding. There's less reverb on her vocals.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like a sham Cat Power fan since I've tried a number of times to get into Moon Pix to no avail. "Cross Bones Style" is great, but the other tracks don't move me.

Deontology Sanders (Leee), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

if "Metal Heart" doesn't move you then you must have...uh...a metal heart

Number None, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I like the Jukebox version!

Deontology Sanders (Leee), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink

oh well then you're beyond help

Number None, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Come on! That version is beautiful and I hope she re-records it every 10 years for the rest of her life.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

metal heart is the essence

Ross, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

saw an amazing show by Cat Power last night in PDX. This was my 3rd show of hers and I don't think I have ever seen her as comfortable on stage before, and she sounded amazing. setlist was pretty close to this one:
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/cat-power/2018/astra-berlin-germany-53960fe1.html

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by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 19 November 2018 17:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 19 November 2018 17:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hahahaha

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 19 November 2018 17:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Good Song Exploder podcast about "Woman":

http://songexploder.net/cat-power

... (Eazy), Monday, 19 November 2018 19:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

she was completely amazing tonight in Oakland. Now I feel like I've slept on her live performances for the past few years. This was kind of beyond great.

akm, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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