This is a great new album from Chan Marshall (Cat Power) and easily her most stable and consistant work. The addition of The Memphis Rhythm Band including Teenie Hodges, Steve Potts, Dave Smith, Rick Steff, Doug Easley, Jim Spake, Scott Thompson and Susan Marshall, adds a deepth of sound not seen on her ealier releases.
Her voice is strong, the melodies are haunting...
At a show in September (2006) she mentioned that she was drinking alot less and much more stable, and it shows. She also noted that the haunting and beautiful yet piercingly dark song Hate, in which she sings "I hate myself and I want to die" is a relicate of feelings she no longer has. Indeed, besides that song this album is the most upbeat and accessible Cat Power release.
I must admidt that although this album is wonderful it doesn't quite measure up to the hauntingly emotional and powerful tender fragility of her previous release "You are Free".
Final word: Buy this album. If you are a Cat Power fan you will love this album, and if you have never heard her but like independant beautiful music comprised of piano, guitar beautiful lyrics and one of the most striking voices in music, this is the album to start with. It is easier to get into than her other works, and will allow you to experience that rare joy of really getting into an artist, falling in love with a CD and then buying a different release that is even better (You Are Free, and for more edgy listners Moon Pix)