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Sun is the 2012 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. The narrative arc of the record is deeply American in its spaciousness and optimism, but the music itself is defiantly modern and global.

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B008CDPRIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on September 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
SUN is a surprising album. It's not surprisingly good - most of Cat Power's past releases have been solid and noteworthy, so there's no reason to suspect that this particular album would be bad. This album defies expectations from so many fronts: tone, sound, subject matter, and style. If you've come in expecting a Cat Power record, you'll be surprised.

It's been about 6 years since Cat Power's last full-length studio album (of original material), and in the meantime, singer/songwriter Chan Marshall has been through a lot: bankruptcy, rehabilitation, a high-profile break-up, and an awesome haircut (alright, so maybe that's a bit less important than the others). Where THE GREATEST was a understated, bluesy outing, SUN is a record filled with keyboards, synthesizers, and drum machines. SUN might be the biggest change in direction Cat Power has ever recorded, but it is also perhaps the most confident.

The album's first three tracks are among some of the best Cat Power have recorded: "Cherokee" makes no attempt to hide the songwriter's change of direction. Marked with loops and repetition, Marshall's vocals sound especially organic compared to her electronic backdrop. The second track, the selftitled "Sun", is a more aggressive song that finds Cat Power venturing towards dance territory (never thought I would write that sentence). With a distorted guitar providing a dark, brooding chord shift, the song finds an incredible groove that had me reaching for the "repeat" button. The lead single "Ruin", despite its subject matter, is propulsive and even bouncy at times. The song has a melody that stays with the listener long after the playing time is over.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on September 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
One listen to Sun and you'd never know that here is an album that almost didn't get made. "B**chin', complainin,' when some people who ain't got s**t to eat / b**chin,' moanin,' so many people you know they got," goes the lead-in to the chorus on first single "Ruin," and that, of course, sounds just like Chan Marshall, but certainly not in this context. The sound is lush, a Glass-ian keyboard motif circling up around that ricocheting guitar line and a propulsive funk rhythm suitable to get lost in. "Cherokee," too, reveling in some haunting electronic textures and that wonderful "whumpf" sound that accompanies Marshall's pained entreaties to "bury me, marry me to the sky." It's unlike anything Cat Power has put to record in her long career, which has been as bleak as it has been impressive over twenty years. What Sun does resemble, however, should be welcome news to any fans of her work: a new beginning.

Marshall's last album of original material, 2006's The Greatest, was the perfect snapshot, a painstakingly rendered mosaic of `60s soul, gospel, and delta blues, mired in the sepia-toned pop of her Memphis childhood home. "Home" being a relevant term, of course; Marshall's father was a traveling blues musician who moved his daughter all around the South with him. It's something that permeates Marshall's work even here, where traditional sing-a-long "3,6,9" tackles that old blues trope, the monkey on your back, in four quick, painful minutes. That monkey nearly derailed Marshall's career after The Greatest, leading to hospitalization and bankruptcy, and it's that long road back that Sun so succinctly details.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat power fan on October 26, 2012
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This is certainly a departure from Cat Power's previous work, but it is a welcome change. Her new album is catchy and fun to listen to. I will, however, be going back to the old Cat Power too.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on September 4, 2012
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When Cat Power named her 2006 album The Greatest, I got the feeling she was being ironically self-deprecating, that's not because it wasn't a brilliant album, it was In fact one of the standouts of that year and even won her the Shortlist Music Prize. It's just that Chan marshall's not particularly well known for being a self-assured or conceited individual, so I'd just figured she was having an inside joke with her devout listeners who'd have no problem spotting the tongue firmly in her cheek.

With the completion of Cat Power's latest album Sun, coinciding with her split from boyfriend Giovanni Ribisi, I anticipated a brutal and bitter break up record here and once again saw the title as another demonstration of Chan's wryness. There's no misdirection going on though, Sun sounds precisely how you'd think an album would sound with that title; vibrant, positive and above all wonderfully accessible.

The Instruments on Sun are what make it sound so virile and energetic, bright Synthesizers and trip hop beats are often laced with lovely piano motifs and lightly distorted guitar. This doesn't turn the album into a saccharin love-in though, Chan's soulful alto hasn't disappeared (even if it is modulated at times) and her lyrics can still be dark and brooding on here too. The albums actually begins with lyrics about Death and resigned disappointment on opener "Cherokee" but Cat Power sounds so defiant and invigorated when she's singing them, especially when the danceable electronic beat comes in a third of the way through to accompany her.

"3,6,9" is really where her new direction becomes most apparent, the use of autotune and the boom bap beats will perhaps intially alarm a few diehards who thinks she's diluted her forlorn essence in favour of gimmicky pop dalliances.
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