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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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,645 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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This album has a few really good songs and a few that just feel like filler to me. The filler songs are sort of slow and plodding or repetitive, like Nothing But Time. I didn't find it as imaginative or consistent as some of her earlier work, but it may be more accessible to a wider audience. Very different than You Are Free, my favorite Cat Power album.
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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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