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Her second album of covers; this one a tribute to the great vocalists who've influenced her over the years. The album comes in two versions: deluxe silver-foil gatefold cover (LP and CD) with bonus disc of extra tracks and regular jewelcase version (CD only). 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).

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Cat Power's second collection of cover songs for dreary days (2000's The Covers Record was the first), the ever-mysterious Chan Marshall is joined here by her newish cohorts, the Dirty Delta Blues Band. Her backing band here eschews big production and string arrangements in favor of a more skeletal, bluesy, and languid approach. Her voice, of course, remains extraordinary--sent from the heavens and perfectly marred by cigarettes. Marshall takes the usual liberties with melody, as on opener "New York," made popular by Ol' Blue Eyes himself (who wouldn't recognize this were it not for the lyrics). "Ramblin (Wo)man" is fairly true to Hank Williams's original, despite the extra syllable, and is wonderfully suited for Marshall's voice. The Highwaymen's "Silver Stallion" may be the finest track on the album, with Marshall and an acoustic slide guitar taking the lead, accompanied by some distant, ambient guitar work. James Brown's "Lost Someone" is also quite nice, an opportunity to explore the many dynamics of that aforementioned ethereal voice. Jukebox closes with three appropriate covers of other artists often mentioned in Cat Power reviews: Billie Holiday's "Can't Explain;" "Woman Left Lonely," popularized by Janis Joplin; and Joni Mitchell's "Blue." This record's solid, but when that next batch of originals comes around, one can only hope for some of the exuberant risk-taking that made previous outings so stellar. --Jason Pace
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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000X9VTGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this is a very good cat power album with a vast range of tempos that I wasn't really expecting the bluesy undertones of. This was a used c.d. and in perfect shape too. The cat power choice is never wrong!
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If you've never bought a disc by Cat Power, let this one be your first and then keep going. She's got a smoky sexy voice that is addictive. Starting with her so slowed downed and sultry cover of Frank's 'New York, New York" you'll be hooked!
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The cover version has unfortunately become much maligned over the years. Whereas bands were once judged by how well they could perform certain blues, R&B, Lennon/McCartney or Dylan songs and could gain kudos from picking up early on an up and coming songwriting talent, the rise of the singer/songwriter (and the extra profits from the publishing royalties) has meant the proliferation of home-grown material to the near total exclusion of pre-existing songs.

Thankfully, Cat Power, though with a proven pedigree as an accomplished songwriter, notably on her previous album of original songs The Greatest, has always peppered her live appearances and recording sessions with songs that she has felt a connection with, regardless of who wrote them, and began a whole album of them a decade ago, The Covers Record, released in 2000.

This album was conceived as a sequel, and was originally going to be called Covers 2 (and still is, on the CD Text of my copy at least). Its final title Jukebox still modestly places the emphasis on the song rather than the singer, but its major difference from The Covers Record, which was mostly Cat Power on her own, is the presence of a band, the Dirty Delta Blues Band, featuring major players including Judah Bauer from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Jim White from the Dirty Three.
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I hadn't heard anything by Cat Power until a bought this CD. I had read some good reviews, plus I'm usually fond of covers albums, so getting this CD seemed like a good way to discover this artist. Or so I thought. Honestly, I wasn't blown away. The lead singer obviously has a powerful, stirring voice, but the material is a mixed bag that doesn't always work or suit her vocal style. My favorite tracks are the covers of "Aretha, Sing One For Me", "I Believe In You", and "Woman Left Lonely." Other than those few songs, not much else truly moved me. I think maybe there are better albums by Cat Power if you want to hear them for the first time, but fans of the band would probably like this album more than I did.
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I can't stop listening to this record. chan did it again.

my favorite track on the record is, undoubtedly, her cover of bob dylan's "I believe in you." she captures it as her own, and, let's face it, it's hard to cover dylan. she does it with ease and grace and some raw rock n' roll.

I adore this record, through and through.
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These interpretations are more than covers; every one is transformed into something unique and special. In addition there are two of her own compositions: Song To Bobby and Metal Heart, both great songs. My favorites include Blue (Joni Mitchell) that Chan makes into a torch song, I Believe In You (Bob Dylan), Breathless (Nick Cave), Ramblin' Person (Hank Williams) which sounds different but equally desperate, Noo Yawk (Frank Sinatra) which becomes introspective and Joplin's A Woman Left Lonely which gets a soulful treatment. The familiar is made new again in a blend of blues, country, soul and even a bit of jazz, for a most enjoyable listening experience. If you like this one you'll also enjoy here Covers album.
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Cat Power has created another beautiful album. Even though half the album is covers, she makes those songs her own, just like on her Covers Record. If your a Cat Power fan, its a must buy. If your not, its a great introduction to her music and you'll probably end up buying her older albums after hearing this one.
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Amazing
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