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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 (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B00004NHDY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Naked If I Want To 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Slow-core minstrel Chan Marshall--a.k.a. Cat Power--will only take on someone else's tune if she thinks there's something she can add to it. Or, as in the case of The Covers Record, if there's something that can be subtracted. Indeed, Chan Marshall's fifth outing is perhaps her most stripped-down yet--an approach which, ironically, leads to some quite radical reworkings. Take, for example "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", which replaces the Rolling Stones' rollercoaster angst with a sepulchral but quietly graceful acoustic strum. Shorn of its chorus, it's barely recognisable as the same song, and it's all the more affecting for it. Elsewhere, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground sidle up against Nina Simone and Smog. It's of some credit to Marshall's starkly beautiful vision that The Covers Record hangs together so perfectly. --Louis Pattison

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
A collection of cover versions might suggest a paucity of ideas but it would be more accurate to label this as 'The Transformations Record' such is the radical way Chan Marshall deconstructs and reinterprets these songs. This tendency is illustrated by the opening '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'. While Devo had turned The Rolling Stones' slurred howl of grievance into a mechanised, emotionless recital, Marshall imbues it with an understated sense of tragedy. Similarly, 'I Found A Reason' provides a contrast from Lou Reed's dry, ironic delivery as, accompanied by a solitary piano, the song becomes a fervent hymn filled with yearning. Wilfuly perverse, Marhsall even covers one of her own songs, 'In This Hole'.
The entire album makes for uncomfortable listening; on 'Troubled Waters, she appears to be grappling with demons. The uncluttered instrumentation, such as the blues-style guitar-picking of 'Salty Dog', helps to focus attention upon her hushed but emotion-ladened voice. Another dalliance with Bill Callahan, 'Red Apples', is marginally less breathtaking than her version of 'Bathysphere' on the earlier 'What Would The Community Think' but his stark songs are ideally suited to Marshall's vocal style. Yet in these strengths lie her weakness. Although her mournful delivery adds pathos to the vaguely optimistic songs like 'I Found A Reason' and 'Sea of Love', it does make the album's mood one-dimensional.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 May 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, has made some brilliant records herself (Moon Pix, You Are Free, What Would the Community Think), it was 'The Covers Record' that brought her to many's attention. Recorded in 1998 & 1999, 'The Covers Record' is fairly lo-fi stuff, Marshall alone with a guitar or piano.
The 12-songs are all wonderful, and belong to both a great-tradition of cover-versions (Low's 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me', Cowboy Junkies' 'Sweet Jane', Galaxie 500's 'Ceremony', Spacemen 3's 'Transparent Radiation', Luna's 'Indian Summer') & a great tradition of covers-records (Famous Blue Raincoat, Music for Parties, I'll Take Care of You, Wrecking Ball, Johnny Cash's American Recordings). It opens with a rock'n'roll standard which you'd think was close to cliche - Jagger/Richards' '(I Can't Get No)Satisfaction' - a song that had arguably been definitively covered by Devo! Marshall approaches the song in a minimal-bluesy style reminiscent of those early PJ Harvey demo-albums & throws the listener some more by not bothering with the chorus! Similarly the version of Nina Simone's 'Wild is the Wind'- already perfectly covered by David Bowie on 'Station to Station' - is absolutely divine, a total heartbreaker...
Other highlights include Moby Grape's 'Naked If I Want To', The Velvet Underground's 'I Found a Reason', easy listening classic 'Sea of Love', Smog's 'Red Apples' & Dylan's 'Paths of Victory.' There are several tracks that I'm not familiar with- 'Sweedeedee', 'Troubled Waters', & the traditional songs 'Salty Dog' & 'Kingsport Town'- so the record reminds me of cover albums like Mark Lanegan's 'I'll Take Care of You' or Dylan's 'World Gone Wrong' - covering songs I don't even know! Marshall cannily plays with the notion of the covers record, by covering her own 'In This Hole' from 'What Would the Community Think'!
'The Covers Record' is one of the great covers records and one of the many great records from she we call Cat Power...
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this after hearing the wonderful track 'Troubled Waters' at the end of an NT production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Not all of the tracks are to my taste, but overall I'm very pleased - moody, moving music and a beautifully mellow voice
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Vinyl pressing is OK - not special, and basic inner, sleeve etc. Album is as you know - a mix of 5 stars standouts - (satisfaction, naked) and some ho-hum drift along strummers. Worth getting, but not essential on vinyl
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ARWoollock on 13 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I arrived at Cat Power from her two tracks on the WKW soundtrack for 'My Blueberry Nights'. Inspired by what I heard I ordered her catalogue from Amazon. It is arriving in instalments and so this is my first 'full' experience of what Cat Power is all about. Having played the CD ten times since it arrived yesterday I can say with absolute clarity that this is a CD of great worth and utmost originality; a rare CD that actually contributes and shapes the greater musical consciousness - that is the antithesis to the majority of 'music' that either stalls progress or reverses it. And all this from an album of covers; singing the words of others. Amazing. The strength of this CD lies in three areas, firstly in the choice of her song selection, secondly obviously in her voice and thirdly in the desire the singer has to say something, to make a statement, to add her wash of colour over some pretty well-painted tunes. To follow up on the last point, what she succeeds in doing is essentially erasing that which went before and starting anew. Take for example track #1, the Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction'. The idea of covering that is a pretty daunting one, how does one make it original, yet pay homage to one of the worlds' most listened to songs? an enigma of immense difficulties. Yet, what she has done is to take that song, and to make it her own, and dare I say it (as with other tracks), she has actually BETTERED the original. Bettered the original of 'Satisfaction'? - I would argue so. She has achieved the impossible. And she has achieved all this with a very sultry, down-tempo offering which would be easy to mistake for elevator music or filler if you weren't properly paying attention.Read more ›
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