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SUN is the new studio album from Cat Power. Six years after her last album of original material, Chan Marshall has moved on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues. She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety of SUN by herself, a statement of complete control that is echoed in the songs’ themes.

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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plain
  • ASIN: B000035X73
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rock group's 1995 debut album features Chan Marshall joined by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) on drums & Tim Foljahn on guitar; includes a version of Tom Waits' "Yesterday Is Here" (Previously deleted: 11/1/05. Original release date: 10/29/99)

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Yet they work -- which is as baffling as this album itself often is.
E. L. Green
So I think the harder clips from Dear Sir, with some loud guitar riffs from Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar and awesome drums from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth.
Kelly Howle
Every single song tells some sort of story, and that's the kind of thing I'm into, so this album really impressed me.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By tony on November 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Cat Power, it was her song "Rockets" (although I didn't know it at the time). Immediately turned on to the sound, I started to listen to anything I could by her, but they were all songs from her various other albums. I didn't really like what I heard - her other songs still have her haunting vocals but with a finger-picking style guitar in a more "folky" vain. Eventually, I was able to hear the songs on "Dear Sir" and it was exactly what I was attracted to in the first place. The music has more sparse, heavier distorted guitar work, slightly reminscent of early Sonic Youth. The resulting music is like hearing a ghost wail over the grindings of machinery.
If you've heard of Cat Power vicariously from interviews of other artists or other plugs in print, I highly recommend this album to be your first excursion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Green on October 11, 2009
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The guy who whines, "one wailing dirge after another" has a point. I earlier had a review here (now withdrawn) that basically made that same point and slagged the album as juvenilia. After all, even Chan Marshall herself has slagged the album, saying "I didn't know what I was doing."

So why, then, does this album keep getting played over and over and over again in my music collection? Clearly something is happening here that draws me to the album despite all that. Is it the production values? No, while the album sounds surprisingly good considering that most of the songs were done in one take during the course of a single day, there's nothing special there, it's straight indie rock minimalist production circa early 90's. Is it Chan's voice? She alternates between singing and wailing at the top of her lungs here in a way that she never lets herself do today, which is quite compelling on some of the songs, and admittedly she's a good singer even then at the beginning of her career. Still, there are plenty of albums by great singers that I listen to once, say eh, and never listen to again. So is it something about the melody, about the accompaniment? I sit down and play a few of the songs on my guitar. Three or four chords go around in a circle. Nothing special there, indeed might even consider it boring or even droning. Steve Shelley's drums thumping along ominously and Chan and Tim Folijahn's guitars circling warily like uneasy companions add something beyond my straight guitar rendition, but the plain fact is that these songs have primitive stripped down musical phrasing and Steve and Tim's contributions, while adding to the sound, do not make it anything other than what it is -- simple three or four chord progressions going in a circle. So what about the lyrics?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Albert on January 2, 2008
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Minimal, gorgeous songcraft and the sexiest voice in rock is what made Cat Power great in the first place, not all the polish and rehab that went into "The Greatest." Not to take away from that album, it is fantastic in different ways, but my teenage sister, who is not so much into the dissonant indie rock *yet* is really into Ms. Marshall's back catalog since I bought her "The Greatest" a year ago. Perhaps this record is too grating for ears that can't stand a challenge, but if you like Cat Power you have to give this one a try, at least download it illegally. And remember kids, it always sounds better on vinyl!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Howle on August 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm gonna go off the same facets that previous reviewers, "Jeditor" and "A Music Fan" have already said. This may not be Cat Power's most interesting, ground breaking, or ingenious piece of work, but it is still highly entertaining and enjoyable. Whiny or wailing? No way. I can hear some of the Sonic Youth undertones in it but certainly not a post punk album. (Want good post punk? Check out Fugazi). The musical style is quite a bit, agreed, but there's no way anyone can mistake Chan Marshall's delicious voice. Her voice is supreme on this album and I can jam to her voice at any time of day. I don't need a "mood" to listen to this album (but maybe I'm always moody?) whereas some of her newest stuff, I really have to be somewhere... like ready to just chill. This album a one trick pony? No. Way.

I got into Cat Power after her "You Are Free" album was released, and it was Moon Pix that I first heard, specifically the track 'American Flag' which prompted me to get her album and listen to the whole thing. I now have all the CDs after that, and am just now getting into her older stuff. When first listening to the new experimental stuff, and rather "groundbreaking" material, like "The Greatest", it's hard to imagine that she got her roots in anything but that. If you're used to her newest stuff, yeah, the old stuff is going to sound rather simplistic and basic. But sometimes that's not so bad.

Released first in 1995, her debut album may not have been ground shattering on any level of music genres, but it is still a force to be reckoned with. The new stuff really focuses on Chan's voice and not so much musically, though on many tracks throughout the 2000's material, you'll find pockets of just explosive instrumental pieces.
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This die-hard Cat Power fan loves this album! You cannot go wrong with them, and this album has a nice mix of slower tempo and quicker tunes that are sure to stick in your head. Fast shipping and perfect quality c.d. Thanks! I highly recommend this
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