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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.

Marshall calls SUN “a rebirth,” which is ... Read more in Amazon's Cat Power Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B00007JVBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many artists strive for eccentricity, but few carry it off as convincingly as Chan "Cat Power" Marshall. Over the past few years, her gigs have become legendarily flaky, engrossing marathons of shyness, fragments, works in progress and moments of transcendent beauty. Five years on from her last collection of original songs (1998's Moon Pix), Marshall has finally managed to rein in the silvery brilliance of these shows.

The 14 pieces on You Are Freestill sound pretty loose and spontaneous, but compared with their rangy, digressive live incarnations they've been pulled into focus, helped by a notable supporting cast featuring Dave Grohl on drums and Eddie Vedder on harmonies. This time, Marshall's impressionistic vision is expressed with a new clarity whilst retaining the understatement and sense of dislocation that's always made it so affecting. Comparisons are sketchy: Marshall has previously been seen as kin to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Smog. Here, though, the elegant punch of "Free" and "He War" provide an American underground counterpart to PJ Harvey, while two outstanding piano blues ("I Don't Blame You" and "Names") are wonderfully evocative of Nina Simone. Confirmation, finally, that Marshall is one of the most original and compelling singer-songwriters around. --John Mulvey

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wily Manc on 10 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is just fantastic, and I can't believe that Cat Power isn't better known in this country, with lyrics and melodies as simple as a fire, and just this brooding presence to all her songs. It is a dark album at times, which is great to be sullen to, but the offbeat guitars of He War and Free provide the originality I crave when music all sounds the same. I read that she's a favourite of the Manc(ish) singer songwriter Jane Weaver, and if you like her dark and twisted lullabies, you'll love Cat Power too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Thomas on 10 Feb. 2003
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Chen Marshall has stepped onto another plane with this stunning collection of haunted songs. Stripped bare and creaking like an old derelict museum, the album bleaches your soul and leaves you with a sense of exhausted elation. There are enough upbeat numbers like "Shaking Paper" and "He War" to satify diversity. But these merely put flesh on the bones of a body whose ghostly visage turns sepia pages of thought and memory. Songs like "Names" and "Good Woman" can reduce you to tears at 20 paces.
Wholly recommended. Nobody or nothing sounds like the Cat. A landmark release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 7 July 2007
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This is without a doubt my favourite Cat Power album. Some claim Moon Pix is best, The Greatest has got her most recent acclaim, but to listen to, this is surely the most enjoyable. I was recommended Cat Power and bought this album first, and was completely blown away. It's beautiful, and Chan Marshall has such a beautiful, individual voice that blends perfectly with her lovely piano and acoustic guitar melodies. So many songs on here are amazing, particular the opener, "I Don't Blame You", with a gorgeous piano intro, the guitar-driven "Free" and "He War", and my particular favourite, the poignant and sad but stunningly beautiful "Good Woman". If you've heard of Cat Power and want to get into her, but are not sure which album to start with, I would say this is the ideal opener.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Pearson on 13 Jan. 2004
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Chan Marshall's voice is as distinctive as her song writing. Seemingly loose and in disarray, these songs have slow purpose, gradually revealed on repeated listenings. The first half or so is as "produced" an album as Cat Power is likely to make. Mostly, though, it's pretty spartan (guitar, piano, very "minimalist" and effective drumming from Dave Grohl on a couple of tracks).
Is that why it seems to run out of ideas towards the end? "Names", for instance, is too long and repetitive for its (clearly sincere) material. Sometimes, too, the songs rely on just the originality of her voice to hold our interest.
So, it's a little too long to be listened to straight through ... but, it's still a wonderful record by a treasurable artist. If it's your first Cat Power experience, you will be powerless to resist getting the previous albums.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. N. Reece on 4 Sept. 2003
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Cat Power a.k.a. Chan Marshall has come a long way since Myra Lee, her debut 1996 album. She possesses a voice, which sounds like beautiful honesty, its incredibly raw and rings out over the minimal guitar or piano. In fact her voice creates a careful blend with the music, in which they both interweave with one another creating this perfect harmony.
I first heard Cat Power, when I bought the album Moon Pix, after discovering the recommendation on Amazon. Moon Pix stimulated my interest, because at the time I was listening to a lot of indie folk and this was something different, it had something, which many bands never had. I enjoyed the album so much I had to hear more, so when You Are Free was released, I was quick to make the purchase.
While Moon Pix contained many great songs, I think You Are Free is certainly a step forward, Chan's delicate voice has progressed and she has begun to show the huge range of her talents. The opening track is such a perfect beginning to a superb journey across the music she has created. Minimal, vibrant piano accompanied by her effortless vocals in I Don't Blame You, sliding beautifully into the next song, Free, switching piano for guitar, in a sequential system.
You Are Free epitomises Chan's talent as she transcends into a more mature sound, ranging from the playful, Free, to the dark folky sounds of Fool, to the haunting minimalism exposed in closing track, Evolution. Excellent folk, blues, performed to perfection, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Songs: Ohia, Fancie, Jen Wood etc. but remember this is a truly unique, original album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OzthePoz on 24 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
For the voice; take the bluesy drawl of Ricky Lee Jones, the folky angst of Beth Orton and add a smidgeon of Nina Simone.
For the music; think Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and perhaps just a touch of Leonard Cohen.
It's emotional, it's intelligent and it's utterly addictive.
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