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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B008CDPRIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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CAT POWER IS "THE GREATEST". If you have never listened to Cat Power, take the time to listen to this CD. Her voice is like no other. Sultry, sexy, powerful, inviting. She is one of my favorite all-time female singers. I would love to see her perform live and almost had the opportunity when she came to Austin, Texas in 2013. I missed the show unfortunately, but I will continue to support Cat Power by purchasing her CD's.
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If you are into Cat Power you may be in a sweet minority
because she isn't for everyone thank goodness. But if you
love her work this will be a new leg in your journey as she
moves in a different direction in terms of her musical arrangements
and instrumentation and so forth. Some will hate it and long for the
older stuff. Others who don't like her old stuff will now become Cat Power
fans. When I hear it I cannot help but think that the sun may be shining
a little brighter in the life of Chan Marshall after years of struggle. More
power to you, Chan.
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Catpower is a time tested artist for me. After thinking I was a little burned out on earlier works, I now only find myself savoring her albums more and more over longer and longer time. And, in my opinion, her releases are just getting better and better. This is definitely a full volume submerge yourself in an ocean of sound album.
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Chan Marshall (aka, Cat Power) is back and with a bright new album. I've missed her for about the last four years. Originally, I met Chan on the internet and totally by accident. We were both Yahoo Members and she was going by the name of Janet Dammit. Finding it somewhat amusing, I engaged her in email conversation. She said her main concerns were the melting of the polar caps and running low on toilet paper. Funny Lady! She had me amused right from the start. I tried to assure her that the polar caps would hold for a while, but she'd better take care with the toilet paper. First thing you know, we became internet friends and revealed one another's identities. I'd never heard of Chan Marshall or Cat Power, but i recognized some of the impressive names of people she'd recorded with on her records. At that time, I was just beginning to review CDs for Amazon and over the next five years I bought and reviewed a number of Cat Power albums and became a fan. Then she just seemed to disappear. Well, it's good to have her back.

Chan comes back to us with a bright new look. I doubt that I would recognize her if I saw her on the street. That's okay. In addition, Cat Power has a bright new sound. I doubt that I would recognize it if I heard it on the radio. Well. again, that's okay too. Cat Power is not a stagnant sound and never has been. Just listen to the different albums over the years and you'll see there's been quit a remarkable variation and evolution in the music.

I like the present album. I have a few mixed feelings about a few of the songs. For example, "Cherokee" has a real nice background but it interferes with the vocals. They're both kinda blurred together, and this is true for a number of other songs as well. A little more separation would help the listening.
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