I was first introduced to the music of Cat Power one day a year or so ago as I listened to Vanderbilt University's local radio station as I cleaned my closet. The station played "Nude as the News" and "Good Clean Fun" consecutively, both of which I found intriguing and compelling songs, and, being no older than fourteen (and therefore having relatively little knowledge of music beyond the alternative-rock realm), I immediately called up the station and asked for the names of the songs and of the musician, scribbling down the answer on an envelope. I tacked this envelope to my bulletin board, making a point of investigating the artist, but forgot about the note until about six months ago, when I noticed it again and requested the station again play those two songs. Still mesmerized by the stark sound of lamentation that characterized each, I began combing the used-CD stores for some Cat Power albums, until I finally came across Moon Pix and What Would the Community Think, both of which I immediately bought. I find What Would The Community Think a more satisfying album vocally than Moon Pix, especially on the two aforementioned songs, and I was especially struck by how similar "Good Clean Fun"'s lagging guitar sounded to old Helium music, in the vein of "Aging Astronauts." To this day I find that the music of this album tends to bring out the finer points of living in the South -- a place to which it took me, personally, over 6 years to at all adjust, being the New Yorker I am. The voice and instrumentation of Chan Marshall seem to reflect the sincerity so often absent from the commercial country music that tends to dominate Nashville radio and lifestyle. This is music for late-summer walks at twilight, for Sundays spent reading Harry Crews books, for road trips in the Northeast. This is humbling music.