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Jukebox (Limited Deluxe 2 CD edition)
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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
"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.
That said, I can't quite give this recording five stars. It's a cover album, after all, and perhaps some songs should best be left UNcovered. And the leadoff track, "New York, New York," is suddenly over before Ms. Power has settled into it. But there's a lot to like on "Jukebox." So, relax...and enjoy the "ride."