Tuesday, January 24, 2006

cat power

it's gals week here at 'the camera as pen.' or so it seems, huh?

with new releases this week from both jenny lewis and cat power, i had a tough time deciding which of these two countrified songstresses deserved the 'album of the week' distinguishment. but when all was said and done, i had to give the edge to ms. chan marshall. the greatest just seemed to be the more...timeless of the two albums. besides, if i gave it to lewis, how would that effect the validity of chan's album title? it would make it a lie. and we here don't like to point fingers and call people liars. so i'll give her the benefit of the doubt and pronounce that this week, cat power is, in fact, the greatest.

sure she's traded in some of her electric guitar noodling for lapsteel and horns, and it could be argued that it's either a step in the wrong direction or something that completely suits her. but whichever side you're on, marshall's sultry vocals and angsty lyrical themes are still the centerpiece here and that's all it takes to make this...album of the week!

MP3: "the greatest"
MP3: "lived in bars"
MP3: "the moon"
from the album: the greatest
release date: 01/24/06
label: matador


Anonymous : k said...

I think what I love most are the "critics" who only hear the "horny" Chan ("Could We") and tag her as a shiny new, post-Prozac young lady.

All the while she goes on to state "I hate myself and want to die" on the sparse "Hate".

Can you belive she said that?

Yes - thank the good lawd.

Do find the bonus cover of "Dreams" as well. Indeed yes and on to the break of whose dawn Cat Power + !

4:43 PM  
Anonymous mj said...

and where might one be able to find this "dreams" tune?

12:11 AM  
Anonymous k said...

use yr links (or google):


8:55 AM  
Anonymous mj said...

ah, elbows. i really seldom ever go there. i checked hype machine and found one post at stereogum, but the mp3 link was broken. gotta go!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous : k said...

if you need it (Dreams is a cover, btw), say "P-zow!".

11:11 AM  
Anonymous mj said...

i found a live version, from la cigale paris. is that the one, or is there a studio recording?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Kat Prowler said...

that live version is almost better!!

only problem is - gee-whiz, I'm blogging my life away.. .

12:53 PM  
Blogger matt said...

here's the two bonus tracks:

13. up and gone (from the ltd.edition cd)
14. dreams (from the japanese import)

10:50 AM  
Anonymous mj said...

thanks, matt!

5:59 PM  

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