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What Would The Community Think

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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0000036WC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. In This Hole
2. Good Clean Fun
3. What Would The Community Think
4. Nude As The News
5. They Tell Me
6. Taking People
7. Fate Of The Human Carbine
8. King Rides By
9. Bathysphere
10. Water And Air
11. Enough
12. The Coat Is Always On

Product Description

Cat Power's Matador Records debut finds Chan Marshall backed by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. Features the shoulda-been-a-hit-single "Nude As The News" and a cover of Smog's "Bathysphere."

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Format: Audio CD
Of course all albums worth reviewing are five stars, and every "best of" is so personal as to be meaningless. Cat Power is so insular as to be beyond review. You either feel her pain, or you don't. If you have ever seen Cat Power live, you have been treated to either the most moving or most embarrasing performance of your life-- sometimes both in the same night. Much the same with this album. This is Chan at her most raw, most intimate, most compelling and most distancing. It is almost funny to watch the progression of her career, to see her perform with "famous musicians" and to see her on Letterman. She is ultimately an outsider artist, creating something not quite "art" but rather a daguerrotype of her soul.
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Somehow deep within the unheard music I was shooting at least two 50's a day and Joseph God bless his musically inclined wizened self brought this intriguing album over (with the cover that reeks of the Symbolists painter's Fernand Khnoppf's 'The Caress or the SphinXess' Belgium circa 1890) and we visited the Hero-In-side-of-us-all and purchased an 1/8 of C(reepy) and spent the evening inclined of a freakish fate drugged by the beauty of the music all night long until the sun broke bloody-headed over the Sandias and truly 'WHAT WOULD THE COMMUNITY THINK" if they could have seen the look in our eyes during that night they would've screamed and run for their life, such a divine metamorphosis and bonding was undertaken funereally behind the scenes of such music which since then I've come to champion Chan Marshall as one of the greatest of songwriters of her generation of the Xcommunicated she brings together by her riffs so dreamlike to rock upon as on a drug swayed this way and that and back to her voice coming through along with the cocaine ring in the ear, worn like a mysterious whisper divining the future and the MERCY of the Moment I'm so glad to have been a part of...I listened to this album more than all the others and it has taken on the contents more of a book or a soundtrack to a particular part of my life that was lived as dangerously as the rest but was somehow more beautiful if only for the company I kept and the conversations that seemed so essential and important at the time that we didn't change the world but certainly did ourselves...Chan Marshall was a part of all of our lives...and if you're searching for comparisons or ratings or contents know that it is beautiful and as all music must be had at a specific moment or it might be missed..Read more ›
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"Dear Sir" and "Myra Lee" don't do much for me; "Moon Pix" is maybe her first fully realized album, but this one, which came right before it, might be a little better. It's hard to say, and because I heard this one first, I may just be partial to it. Neither of them have consistently great songs; they're all pretty good songs (she does kind of butcher "Moonshiner" on Moon Pix by screaming that stuff about being in Hell), but I'm not particularly dazzled by Chan Marshall's songwriting skills...it's something else that makes me want to listen to these albums. Her singing, the atmosphere, the band. Well, though I may be in the minority, I prefer the band on this album, especially Steve Shelley's drums. Jim White (on Moon Pix) is alright, but Shelley really helps some of these songs rock. "They Tell Me," which is sort of a blues song (never makes it to the B7 chord) isn't a GREAT song, but it just sounds good, I get kind of afraid listening to it by myself. And it's very fortunate that her singing, while expressive, only occasionally wanders into affectation. Usually I don't really know what she's singing about. Occasionally, the lyrics are kind of embarrassing, but generally they're just abstruse enough to be harmless (the lyrics on Moon Pix, being more thematically linked, are better, and she sounds a little wiser). Anyhow, I don't really have a point to make, I'm just trying to decide if I prefer this or Moon Pix. Both of them are worth owning; both have their faults (minor ones); I think that Moon Pix is a greater achievement overall, but--I couldn't say why (Shelley's drumming?)--I think I'd rather listen to this one.
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Chan Marshall is a story teller before a songwriter, she has stated that she writes songs never for the purpose of releasing them, friends have encouraged her, but I think her music is important to a degree and should be heard. Some have said she sings in the same vien as PJ Harvey, but I find this comparison to be wrong. Chan has her own voice here, a very fragile and beautiful voice which can make u forget your surroundings. I don't feel that Chan Marshall has a made a "great" album yet, but she has written some deeply moving songs, and "What would the community think" has quite a number of powerful moments. I see this album as a voyage into the unknown, there may be some danger, some feelings of unsureness and unease but the journey proves to be worthwhile and quite a learning experience about ourselves and the way in which we see our life flickering before us in tiny moments of beauty and purity. We feel like we're right there with Chan dipping our feet into icy cold water, learning as we go along, treading into the unknown.
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