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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.
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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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.
Which makes her decision to produce a covers album a little odd. The best quality of Chan has always been her wilful individuality, yet by covering the songs of her peers (Smog) and idols (Lou Reed, Bob Dylan), much of this uniqueness is masked. Only on the first four songs, beginning with 'Satisfaction', does Chan successfully twist the melodies to fit her own brand of song writing, deservedly perverting Jagger's sexist romp into a cry for attention not originally envisaged by Jagger when he penned the line "Can't you see I'm on a losing streak..." The rest is just simply Chan breaking down the work of other's into one-chord mumbles, and it drags unnecessarily.
For Chan's haunting, cold breeze voice, this album is worth the money. But she has written better, mostly because it's her own.
Try as he may Eric Clapton will never capture the true essence of the venerable bluesmen he emulates. This is in a large part due to the vast gulf of experience, but, more importantly, artistic expression. When an artist captures this ineffable essence of his or her own "soul" and through talent can communicate this through the work we, as participants, can share such passion blended with our own. This is the rare magic that occurs for me with this and other of Chan Marshall's Cat Power records. She is definitely one of those artists that have touched me and I hope to hear much more....
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.Read more ›
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You know...covers can be a wonderful medium if dome right. If you liked the way Cat Power covered the Stones, then you'll LOVE Tori Amos' cover of Rainning Blood by Slayer. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Heather
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.Published on Jan. 18 2004 by jason
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.Published on Feb. 13 2003 by lily_pons
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002 by jude
...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... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by ACB
Like someone else said, covers usually turn out less than great. That happens when the musician tries to recreate the original. Read morePublished on May 25 2001 by Dangerous Soybean
Chan's voice is tremendous, and she brings tremendous emotional complexity out of the unlikeliset places (a Rolling Stones song).Published on May 13 2001
a really beautiful album. the song choices are good and I'm glad to hear there are no more double tracked vocals like the last one. let that naked voice ring out girl!!Published on Jan. 30 2001 by nicole