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Moon Pix

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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000009VOL
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1998 album featuring Chan Marshall backed by two-thirds of the Dirty Three (the two-thirds that don't play violin). A breathtakingly beautiful, hypnotic record. If Cat Power were Van Morrison, this would be her "Astral Weeks."


Singer Chan Marshall takes intimacy to a new level with the eerily lovely song cycle of Moon Pix. The narrative revolves around a nightmare figure who beckons toward a location that sounds rather like H-E-double hockey sticks. The starkness of this ghost story is mirrored in the austerity of the atmospheric music. Joined by Jim White and Mick Turner of the Australian slow-rock band the Dirty Three, Marshall uses spare guitar, flute, and piano arrangements to create the sounds of the last singer left on a postapocalyptic landscape. As Marshall sings in "Say," "If you're looking for something easy, you might as well give it up," and that lyric is the best description of this difficult and brilliant album. --Lois Maffeo

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Format: Audio CD
Cat Power is a unique band. Chan Marshall is in her own way unique. Some might describe that as a bad thing at times, but at other times Chan can really surprise you. I've heard everything off of Moon Pix and every other album Cat Power has ever created and I must say that Cat Power enthusiasts highly over rate Chan Marshall. Describing her voice as otherworldy is humorous, indeed. Her lyrics are at times interesting but carry no weight with them. The songs are very simple, written in 3 chord. Over all, the music is plain jane and not truly witty or charismatic. The reason it holds it's audience I could not say. I find no allegiance to Cat Power, myself. The only true reason anyone really listens to Cat Power I feel is that it expresses the mood they're in. But which sane person could say that they never got sick of Cat Power? I know that I personally can only listen to half of a cd usually, and for very good reason. Cat Power lacks wittiness, creativity, charisma, practically everything. Chan Marshall's singing reminds me of a female Kurt Cobain, even at times Ian Curtis. but i find more so that she is like neither because her lyrics sound like words smashed together to no effect. i could definitely say that Cat Power is certainly not the best of indie, emo, or folk. Comparing Chan Marshall's "talents" to the likes of Hank Williams or Bob Dylan is hilarious. She falls extremely short of the two! She falls extremely short of Kurt Cobain, who was a junkie and who's lyrics were barely discernible. I would recommend this light album to a face never been kissed by the at times fluttery yet hard edged emo, but no one above that stature!
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This album, an easier listen than BR's last album (In An Expression of the Inexpressible), made it to my top ten list of 2000. Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons is a beautiful album. Each track is profoundly different, but the diversity only adds depth and dimension, making it an album that is easy to repeatedly listen to. There are catchy tunes such as "In Particular," and "This is Not," but there are also more experimental pieces such as "Ballad of Lemons," which by the way, seriously sounds like an alien invasion or something. Most people go crazy over "In Particular," because of the hand-clapping-sounds...the rhythms are very fun indeed. My favorite track would have to be "This is Not"...the keyboards are what gets me (SO MUCH FUN!) and the upbeat tempo inspires me to chair dance. It may be a toss-up with "Hated Because of Great Qualities," a track that has a dramatic element, which Kazu Makino's delicate voice fosters so well. The track is even better on the EP because the lyrics are in Italian (and even though I can't understand a word of it, it's breathtakingly beautiful). I highly recommend this album...the friends that I have introduced to it immediately embraced the trio, and have been avid fans ever since.
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By EriKa on Oct. 15 2000
Format: Audio CD
A friend gave me this album after she had been to a Cat Power concert in Seattle... forewarning me that although it is stark and beautiful it also creates a warm, sleepy feeling.
She was right. I listened to it in the car driving with a friend from Vancouver, B.C. back to Seattle. And while the music resonated through the car and actually inspired me (good thing, since I was driving), my companion fell into a sound slumber). This music is like a slow lullaby OR gets into your soul and stirs you. For me, Moon Pix did the latter. I listened to it ceaselessly for a few weeks. My friend informed me that Cat Power was returning to Seattle. We attended the show, but the room being dizzyingly hot and crowded coupled with the disarmingly quiet one woman performance... making the whole experience memorably somniferous. We eventually had to go into the other room and listen from afar because it was too sleep inducing... (turned out to be a mistake since we met a weird Finnish man who had not showered in a month or so!)
Whatever the case, Chan Marshall's vocals are unusual and not always beautiful. They are stark and often sound like... reality. There is no other way I can think to describe it. There is an earthy, slightly raspy tone to her vocals, the lyrics are painful and intelligent... and overall, this is an album of such ambitious searching that you cannot help but love it.
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When another music fan mentioned Cat Power in conjunction with Shannon Wright, I decided to give Cat Power a try. Wright's multi-instrumental prowess and rich, expressive voice were a marvel, and her Flightsafety was easily the best album of 1999.
As for Cat Power, all I can say is that it was a sore, sore disappointment.
Chan Marshall's voice is pretty, but never goes beyond that. She sings in a coo, usually accompanied by a single instrument (guitar or piano). The result? Recordings that are mostly in one tempo, and not enough diversity. Whereas Wright uses twisty melodies, lyrical poetry and moments of exhilarating strength to enrich even her slower songs, Marshall stubbornly sticks to the low-fi minimalistic approach and, quite frankly, induced sleep in me. Her lyrics are nothing to write home about, and the whole album is like a nice girl next door without anything really interesting to say -- sweet for a couple of minutes, but not nearly enough to sustain a whole album's running time.
For low-fi, intimate music with heart and brains, go for Julie Doiron's Loneliest in the Morning.
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