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You Are Free (W/Dlxpk) [Import]

Cat Power Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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1. I don't Blame You
2. Free
3. Good Woman
4. Speak For Me
5. Werewolf
6. Fool
7. He War
8. Shaking Paper
9. Baby Doll
10. Maybe Not
11. Names
12. Half Of You
13. Keep On Runnin'
14. Evolution

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Many artists strive for eccentricity, but few carry it off as convincingly as Chan "Cat Power" Marshall. Over the past few years, her gigs have become legendarily flaky, engrossing marathons of shyness, fragments, works in progress and moments of transcendent beauty. Five years on from her last collection of original songs (1998's Moon Pix), Marshall has finally managed to rein in the silvery brilliance of these shows.

The 14 pieces on You Are Freestill sound pretty loose and spontaneous, but compared with their rangy, digressive live incarnations they've been pulled into focus, helped by a notable supporting cast featuring Dave Grohl on drums and Eddie Vedder on harmonies. This time, Marshall's impressionistic vision is expressed with a new clarity whilst retaining the understatement and sense of dislocation that's always made it so affecting. Comparisons are sketchy: Marshall has previously been seen as kin to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Smog. Here, though, the elegant punch of "Free" and "He War" provide an American underground counterpart to PJ Harvey, while two outstanding piano blues ("I Don't Blame You" and "Names") are wonderfully evocative of Ni! na Simone. Confirmation, finally, that Marshall is one of the most original and compelling singer-songwriters around. --John Mulvey

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The first album in four years from Chan Marshall, one of the premier female singer-songwriters of our generation. Her richly complex vocal stylings and minor-key poetics have made her an indie superstar. This album, printed on recycled paper and recorded with renewable resources, explores the world of relationships and fame. Catchy, intense, and beguiling. "Her voice sounds liker her soul laid bare--arresting, beautiful and evocative"--Nylon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Power at their best! March 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Cat Power fan since the begining this is by far her best work. If you like this album try What Would the Community Think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I hear Chan Marshall's voice, I want to both shield her and rock out. She carries this incredible frailty in her voice, in the tentative strokes of her fingers on strings or keys, that I feel compelled to stand in front of the onslaught. It's a protective urge, but I'm also singing along. This is, to me, the sort of music that begets a squeaky singalong as I trudge home from a long day. It reminds me of the emotions I can often cast aside; it reminds me of our interconnectivity.
Maybe it's my own depressive tendencies revealed, but I find more in her less catchy tunes. Songs like "Names" and "Good Woman" are breathtaking-simply because they are stark, simply because her voice cracks with the pain (and I don't believe it's an affectation). It's just really honest stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Amazing Album April 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is truly amazing. I can listen to it over and over again without ever getting bored. Up until last week, I had never even heard of Cat Power. When I came across the song He War online, I knew I just had to have this album. I think every song on the album is wonderful. If I had to choose two favorites they would be He War and I Don't Blame. In my opinion, this album is a must have for music lovers everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure and simple, Chan. You got to love her. March 27 2004
By Triguy
Format:Audio CD
Chan Marshall is truly an American treasure. One can fantasize her sitting on the front porch, dreamy, strumming away her fleeting thoughts and authentic heartfelt tunes on a cheap guitar before she runs off to meet the 'dirty three' for a gig at the roadhouse. There is no pop hype and highly produced crap here. She is the real thing. If a person is looking for the industry formula like Janet Jackson, or the popular sound of Beth Orton (who she is often compared to), Cat Power will bore you to tears. But is you want the real thing, low budget reality, Chan Marshall is easy to love and respect as a REAL female musician who is a diamond in the rough.
'You Are Free' is a sweet transition from her past. She seems to have isolated the best moods of 'What Would The Community Think' with the metronome mantra of 'Moon Pix' and settled with her signature sound, in spite of her strange behavior as a live performer. All cuts on 'You Are Free' are exclusively Chan Marshall. When you first hear 'He War' you will ask yourself "have I ever heard anything like this before?" Your final answer will be "No". Dave Grohl's influence on 'Speak For Me' is conspicuous. I truly hope they work together on her next album. 'I Don't Blame You', 'Good Woman' and 'Fool' epitomise the lone Chan. Michael Hurley should be blushing to hear his ol tune 'Werewolf' swaggered by Chan. Last but not least, Is she giving Eddie Vetter a singing lesson on 'Evolution'?
I will support Chan/ Cat Power through her career. This is american music...pure and simple...without the frills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Elegant. March 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first became aware of Cat Power music through an interesting woman I met on the internet. She suggested the "You Are Free" CD for the best listen. I looked it up, read a few rather mixed reviews and purchased the CD. It arrived on a Saturday afternoon; I played it that evening. I was feeling weary of the world, somewhat lonely and I was sitting in a dimly-lit room. A half bottle of reasonably good Merlot was by my side and my cat, JR, was napping on the coffee table. I can't think of a better setting in which to first hear this wonderful music.
Cat Power is basically Chan Marshall, who accompanies herself on guitar and piano, plus a small assortment of supporting musicians. Every song on the CD is excellent but I have strong preferences for some. On four of the tracks (Free, Speak for Me, He War and Shaking Paper) Chan is accompanied by a small band and on one track (Evolution) she sings a duet with a very subdued and backgroundish Eddie Vedder. All are first rate and provide variety. The real strength of the album, however, lies with the other nine tracks (I Don't Blame You, Good Woman, Werewolf, Fool, Babydoll, Maybe Not, Names, Half of You and Keep on Runnin'). Here Chan functions essentially as a soloist singing and playing piano or guitar. It might be easy to criticize her as a vocalist, instrumentalist or writer as the music is so simple. However, the melodic combination she presents provides a presence so strong that it feels as if you have a cherished friend in the room playing some wonderful songs just for you. Add to this a masterly arrangment that lightly and elegantly blends little touches of electric guitar, cello, violin and voices and gives a music of astonishing charm, beauty and depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beyond brilliance March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Chan Marshall has finally managed to combine the soft coziness of 'Moon Pix' with the raw emotion of 'What Will The Community Think', & the result is unbelievable lovely.
'You Are Free' is crafty, melodic, layered, painful, beautiful & inspired. Its' quiet spaces give way to angry lamentations that manage to flow together seamlessly.
If you're into early PJ Harvey (esp. her demo work) the Cowboy Junkies 'Whites Off Earth Now' album, Edith Frost, or Patty Griffin's first album- then this is an absolute must!
Anyone who can sing, "turn out the lights, set yourself on fire, say goodnight," & make it sound sexy & like a piece of freedom, deserves attention.
Highly, Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meow
Folky good, I've got this in a nice low key playlist with some Ani Defranco, Sun Kil Moon / Mark K. and simialr. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Jellybones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, A Good Cry
This is a great triumph over adversity and tragedy in life. A mostly mournful--rather than celebratory--acknowledgement of the fact of Freedom. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by M. Savoie
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WOMAN
I don't usually buy CDs but I had to get this album. It's my first one of Cat Power. Fell in love with "He War" (she raps), "Maybe Not" and "I don't blame... Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by J. Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts...
I like this album but I don't think it is the best Cat Power album out there. I definintly think that Free is an awesome song. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by J. Romualdo
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise...
Cat Power is a pleasant surprise in my life - musically speaking... I was staying the weekend at an SO of mine and he had this cd of hers... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Contains enough for one pretty good EP.
Chan Marshall's live performances, which frequently entail such events as Marshall (Cat Power to her friends) breaking down in tears and running offstage after two minutes, are the... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Angry Mofo
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerging from her reputation?
As I write, the "free download" from this disc is "He War" -- a great choice. Hardcore Cat Power fans seldom mention my favorite songs (like "He War"... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by E. Scoles
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