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This review is from: The Greatest [Deluxe Digipack] (Audio CD)
One significant difference from the Cat Power (a'la Chan Marshall) of You are Free and the Cat of The Greatest is that she's a lot more laid-back. It's still definitely Cat Power, alas more content and accessible but although she sounds happy, there's still an underlying sense of sadness in the songs here. Opener, 'The Greatest', is utterly gorgeous, with string arrangements reminiscent of Moon River and, as the title implies, about a up-and-coming boxer; Lived in Bars is a bluesy masterpiece; Empty Shell is the most country-ish track here and my favourite; Willie, originally an 18minute epic, is slimmed down to 5 minutes but still works marvellously. Although the 18minute version is, obviously, more fulfilling.
Overall, The Greatest is less consistent than You are Free, and it doesn't have a true dazzler such as Good Woman. Although I think Chan was on stronger form with said album, The Greatest is still a winner.
Highlight: Empty Shell