Greatest (Slipcase edition)
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|10. After It All|
|12. Love & Communication|
Cat Power's new album, now at a great low price, in one of three limited-edition slipcovers each with a different picture of Chan Marshall. (Click here to see the artwork.) Contains the title track, "Living Proof," "Lived In Bars," "Love & Communication" and 8 more gorgeous songs recorded with the Memphis Rhythm Band.
If you are an artist at a crossroads/ "maturing point" in your career, it's a great idea to seek out the original musicians who played on music you adore and that inspire you greatlyit's the opposite of what Rick Rubin does with the old folks. The results, however, are often lackluster; it can just be too hard to forge a connection in a short period of time with studio dudes twenty to thirty years older than you. Chan Marshall, who took just three years between albums this time, returned to Memphis to record with many of the architects of Southern soul music at Ardent Studios on The Greatest. And from the first and titular tune, a mournful and gorgeous ballad with swelling strings, backing singer and shimmery guitar accompaniment that tells the tale of a boy who wants to become a great boxer, it's clear that the results of this experiment are uniformly awesome. The sultry-voiced artiste sounds fully at home within these songs, these lovely analog Southern sounds that bridge black and white musics. It's not like she's on a trip of trying to be Aretha or anything; besides, the arrangements on all the songs are different. The loping, fiddle-accented "Empty Shell" sounds like the Unholy Modal Rounders backing Bobbie Gentry. All the songs are pretty, slow and melancholy; there's nothing like "He War" on here. We are not in the habit of quoting press releases, but it's hard to beat this line from the Matador one-sheet: "If Alex Chilton were today a beautiful young woman, he'd sound like this." Amen, or something. Mike McGonigal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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)
I cannot judge her by any other albums (which is why I have rated 4 stars), but The Greatest is a jem. Chan is wise beyond her years and writes beautiful music. She puts so much emotion into her music and every song is genuine and original.
Whether you own all of her other albums or have just discovered her, I urge you to give this album a listen. The album starts off with the wonderful title track "the Greatest" and is strong the whole way through, although some personal favorites are "Lived in Bars" and "Willie"