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Covers Record

Cat Power Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Slow-core minstrel Chan Marshall--a.k.a. Cat Power--will only take on someone else's tune if she thinks there's something she can add to it. Or, as in the case of The Covers Record, if there's something that can be subtracted. Indeed, Chan Marshall's fifth outing is perhaps her most stripped-down yet--an approach which, ironically, leads to some quite radical reworkings. Take, for example "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", which replaces the Rolling Stones' rollercoaster angst with a sepulchral but quietly graceful acoustic strum. Shorn of its chorus, it's barely recognisable as the same song, and it's all the more affecting for it. Elsewhere, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground sidle up against Nina Simone and Smog. It's of some credit to Marshall's starkly beautiful vision that The Covers Record hangs together so perfectly. --Louis Pattison

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A mid-priced collection of covers. Intense and lovely renditions of classics and obscurities from the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, Nina Simone, traditional numbers and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chan Marshall best female vocals besides Dido Jan. 19 2004
By jason
Format:Audio CD
The Album was super. Her voice goes along with every song. In every song she will have climax with her voice where it sounds really great. This album is one of her best so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cat power is so cool Feb. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This cd is really good and mellow--I listened to it non-stop for about two months before branching out. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dog weakness Sept. 14 2002
By jude
Format:Audio CD
The thing I like most about this cd is its consistent mood; there is no slavish compulsion to introduce an upbeat track as every other recording artist does. Takes me away from the BS of the world for awhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What would the community think? May 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
In 1995 I saw Cat Power at Town Hall. She opened for Liz Phair. Timidly walking out on to stage, with shaking hands placing her set list on the microphone stand she played her set. She wasn't able to capture the audience that night, a low murmer of talking pervaded. She didn't finish he songs right, they just sort of ended mid strum. She walked off stage defeated.
In 2000 I saw the Matador Records 10th Anniversary Party, three nights at Irvin Plaza. Cat Power played on the second night and captivated me. I couldn't take my eyes off of her. The sound still echoes in my ears and memory. I was instantly transformed, converted into a Cat Power fan.
Her voice is simply beautiful. Hypnotic, Enveloping. Her guitar playing is similarly hypnotic. A vulnerable truth unencumbered by a need to hide itself from the world. All art and all artists should aspire to this level of vulnerability.
I bought The Covers Record on the strength of her cover of Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. A song I didn't recognize until it was 2/3 done. Out of all her albums this is the most accessible, and I would consider this a great starting point, a great introduction to Chan Marshall a-k-a Cat Power.
Melancholy, slow, airy. Great art has the ability to transport you into a different world. This album transports you. If I close my eyes, I can see the studio with Chan at the piano, a single light so she can see the keys. If I keep them closed I'm drawn into the drama, the heartbreak, loss, and sorrow.
I saw Cat Power in 2001 at the Bowery Ballroom. She wasn't nearly as captivating. It was her crowd. She was confident on stage, almost brash. She played random songs she knew a few chords to and didn't finish them. She quipped with the audience. I don't know if this is typical of her performances now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sleepy beauties Dec 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
...typically covers are lame. these aren't. this album covers some of the greats, strips them down to a sleepy, slow paced lull, and with chan's throaty, smokey voice, makes them almost intoxicating. a great one to fall asleep to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars the UNcovers record May 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like someone else said, covers usually turn out less than great. That happens when the musician tries to recreate the original. But Chan has made each of these songs her own, and even turned a rocker like "Satisfaction" into a quiet introspective song. Buy any of Cat Power's records. They'll be worth your money x 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful album May 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Chan's voice is tremendous, and she brings tremendous emotional complexity out of the unlikeliset places (a Rolling Stones song).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Covers March 14 2001
By wte-nyc
Format:Audio CD
I skipped Moon Pix (which I now regret) and only recently bought the Covers Album -- What Would the Community Think? was almost too intense for me... it made me uneasy in a way that was more disturbing than those other singer-songwriting chanteuses, because it was so painfully agonized and naked. It seemed shockingly unbalanced -- unlike, say, Liz Phair's detached coolness -- it was like watching a person fall apart. Chan's singing at points on WWTCT? rises up forcefully and cacophonously, then breaks up and disperses like a firework -- it is a remarkable sight, but I found afterwards that my face was pulled back in a sort of cringe.
On the Covers Album, however, that impulse is turned inward. Rather than that self-destructive explosion, more often we hear an almost whispering voice that waxes to a sharp but restrained point then wanes into a soft breath. Her voice still disperses, but here it's more like seeing smoke, wisping and curling gracefully in its death throes, before it disappears.
Quiet, tender, simple, thoughtful, often intense and often playful. I adore this album, find myself moving from song to song like an infatuated teenager -- Naked If I Want To, Sweedeedee, Wild is the Wind, Paths of Victory, Salty Dog and Sea of Love.
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