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Jukebox (Limited Deluxe 2 CD edition)

Cat Power Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. New York
2. Ramblin' (Wo)man
3. Metal Heart
4. Silver Stallion
5. Aretha, Sing One For Me
6. Lost Someone
7. Lord, Help The Poor & Needy
8. I Believe In You
9. Song To Bobby
10. Don't Explain
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Feel
2. Naked, If I Want To
3. Breathless
4. Angelitos Negros
5. She's Got You

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Limited Edition deluxe two CD pressing in a silver-foil gatefold sleeve of the 2008 release from this critically acclaimed singer/songwriter featuring a bonus disc that features five additional cover versions. Her second album of cover versions, Jukebox is Cat's tribute to the great vocalists who've influenced and inspired her over the years. This album finds Cat backed by Dirty Delta Blues (Judah Bauer, Gregg Foreman, Jim White, Erik Papparazzi). Guest appearances: Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan), Larry McDonald (Toots & The Maytals, Taj Mahal), Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Memphis Rhythm Band), and Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Will Oldham). 17 tracks including 'New York', 'Lord, Help The Poor And Needy' and more.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous blend of old and new Cat Power. Jan. 22 2008
By K
Format:Audio CD
This album is really beautiful and a great follow-up to The Greatest, although Jukebox feels like a better balance between Chan's new and old musical styles, especially considering the 5 songs added on the bonus edition. Jukebox starts off slow and sultry, becomes increasingly more energetic, reaching a musical climax at 'Song to Bobby' and then slows down again. Although I enjoy the Dylan cover 'I Believe in You,' my favourite tracks are the ones with a brooding, melancholic, reflective quality that recalls Chan's older work (bonus song 'I Feel'); however, whereas albums such as Moon Pix and What Would the Community Think are more pared down and lonely, the slower songs on Jukebox feel warm, full and almost regenerative.

The first few songs, 'New York,' 'Ramblin' Woman' and 'Metal Heart (2008 version)' are definitely my favourites; they retain that new soul/blues sound in addition to the chill acoustic vibe of her older work that I love so much. This fusion of styles reveals Chan's musical development and show she is coming into a good creative place. 'Blue' is the best track of the whole album and a perfect conclusion.

My only problem with the bonus tracks is that they seem to break up the structure of a meticulously-compiled collection.

Let me also say that the amount of criticism Chan is taking for supposedly 'selling out' and being 'mainstream' is starting to really irritate me. Honestly, opinions of music should never be based on opinions of the musician...whether or not you agree with Chan's personal choices, if you enjoy the music, who cares? Listen to the album honestly and without prejudice. I think it is hypocritical and somewhat naive to reject a musician based purely on the fact that they have reached a moderate level of success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing transformation Jan. 24 2008
By J. Keegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Cat Power in the Fall of 1996 in a small, half-filled, smokey now-defunct nightclub in Seattle that was owned by Peter Buck of REM's ex-wife. She played an insecure and frightened and very moving set of tracks from her first record, "What Would the Community Think?" She spoke very little to the audience, and looked a little bit like she was performing on the Moon. In fact, the whole show sort of felt that way. Fortunately she still managed to display her talents that evening, and as a number of us lined up to purchase the CD following the show, there was unanimous agreement that this girl had potential. Twelve years later, its remarkable to note the transformation which has occured with this artist. Cat Power has ridden her remarkable talent, and unique perspective on life right to the top of the game. And while the acclaimed "Greatest" was clearly indicative of the hard-earned courage and masterfulness finally possessed by the singer-songwriter adopted from NYC's indie rock scene into the Adult-Oriented Album radio format, "Jukebox" makes a more powerful statement. On this, her latest album focused mainly on covers of her favorite influences, Cat Power reaches a level better described as devestating. One is prone to smiling on your first couple listens as she works her magic into your heart as usual, only this time, not so much asking you to welcome it, but ramming it into you. She demonstrates an impressive culmination of fortitude and soul that arrives best through the type of battle-scarred experience that she has had. A veritable music warrior for years, Cat Power is now an all-star working her way toward the hall-of-fame. PS - the best 2 tracks may even be her own "Metal Heart" and "Song to Bobby." Get it and get ready to love it.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the old and the new Feb. 1 2008
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album to compare this to is her first covers album The Covers Record; that was from 2000, and the young singer has grown and changed a lot since then. Her stunningly stark, almost gothic (but spare) setting of some familiar and lesser known songs was raw and powerful then. Now she's working with experienced musicians, and is more experienced herself, and the sound is warmer, more assured, more rock and blues oriented. I like the new disc fine, but only a few tracks really stand out: a new version of "Metal Heart" that is moody and acoustic, and her love song to Aretha Franklin, whom you can really cite as an influence on her current retro-rock sound. Chan Marshall is feeling her Southern Soul roots.

The point of this review, however, is to say that if you're a fan of her earlier albums, be sure you get this deluxe version with the extra E.P., because it's actually better than the main album. Here you find the Patsy Cline classic "She's Got You," but Chan's delivery makes even Patsy's version sound happy in comparison, plus an epic and meandering and devastating version of "Angelitos Negros." The EP has an overall downbeat vibe that recalls the stripped down and minimal Cat Power of old.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the deluxe edition Feb. 16 2008
By J. S. Winston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
That's right indie kids, Chan is less depressed and therefore able to express a greater range of emotion, in music that will likely appeal to more people. And that, of course, makes the music inferior to stuff that only you and your hipster friends appreciate--I mean, what the hell's the point of listening to something that doesn't make you feel like the coolest kids in the dorm? Alright, enough sarcasm. This may be Cat Power's best album yet, with its trippy tortured version of "Blue" and the original "Song for Bobby" which just might have Mr. Zimmerman seeking a restraining order. The real point of this review, however, is to point out that the songs on the bonus disc in the Deluxe Edition are NOT the usual "bonus" crap that was rightfully left off of (or not even considered for) the actual album. So, it's the one to get, especially considering that, last time I looked, the Deluxe Edition was actually selling at a lower price than the non-deluxe version (and even if that's changed, it's worth whatever extra couple of bucks makes up the difference).
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downbeat and exciting... Jan. 22 2008
By Musiclover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chan Marshall wins again! Cat Power first came to my attention in 2006 with the release of "The Greatest"... and believe me I really felt "The Greatest" was the greatest. Now comes "Jukebox" and again Chan Marshall is won me over.

"Jukebox" is what I call jazz and blues for today's generation of music lovers. This album is dark and downbeat with shimmering pulses of excitement. From beginning to end each song captures you and keeps you listening.

The album opens with a understated yet vaguely bombastic cover of "New York, New York" which Chan calls "New York". Her voice is soothing as she sings "start spreading the news". This is "NY,NY" like I've never heard it before. While others merely have copied the original, Chan takes the song and gives it a new life and makes it completely her own.

Ramblin' (Wo)man" is Chan's take on Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" again she wins and makes even this classic her own.

Chan Marshall's voice, as understated as it is, has a great presence. Vocally Chan is not in the league as singers such as Nina Simone, Karen Carpenter, Annie Lennox or Aretha Franklin, though Chan possesses a charm all her own. She has her own sound and style which is inimitable and for that alone Chan is one of today's greatest vocal stylists. Her voice carries a gruff yet smooth melancholic confidence. She has a raw intimacy that nobody else on today's music scene can quite match.

At this early stage my favorite track is "Don't Explain" which has long been a Billie Holiday classic. Chan takes this blues staple and completely turns it around while retaining the song's underlying mournful blues feel. Chan's performance of this song, unique as it is, is every bit as effective as Billie Holiday's. Billie had her style and Chan has her own way of presenting jazz and blues to a society of music listeners waiting for something new and freshly exciting. Cat Power (Chan Marshall) fills the bill and succeeds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such A Delight March 27 2008
By Tatyanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly admit that Chan Marshall has one of those voices that you can listen to all day regardless of the style or subject matter of the music at hand. She could do a cover album of all Wesley Willis and it would still be solid, so on her new and second album of covers, Jukebox, Marshall reinterprets songs from great vocalists that have influenced her over the years. The list of artists that she tackles is impressive and includes Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Hank Williams and even herself on "Metal Heart" from the Moon Pix (1998) album. All of the songs are a great listen because Chan Marshall has the talent and vocal strength of anyone out there. This is a fantastic album overall. Highly recommend.
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