Jukebox

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After her breakthrough disc, The Greatest, Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, offers a southern-soul-style collection of covers that range from James Brown to Joni Mitchell. A pair of originals show off her intimate, haunted vocals. Marshall is joined by Dirty Delta Blues, a roots-rock band with an indie streak, featuring Jon Spencer Blues Explosion guitarist Judah Bauer and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, alongside Memphis stalwarts Spooner Oldham, Teenie Hodges, and others.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Eight years is a long time in almost any artist's career, but in Cat Power's case, it's an even more sizable gulf, as Chan Marshall's ...
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After her breakthrough disc, The Greatest, Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, offers a southern-soul-style collection of covers that range from James Brown to Joni Mitchell. A pair of originals show off her intimate, haunted vocals. Marshall is joined by Dirty Delta Blues, a roots-rock band with an indie streak, featuring Jon Spencer Blues Explosion guitarist Judah Bauer and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, alongside Memphis stalwarts Spooner Oldham, Teenie Hodges, and others.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Eight years is a long time in almost any artist's career, but in Cat Power's case, it's an even more sizable gulf, as Chan Marshall's collections of other people's songs reflect. Released in 2000, The Covers Record found her becoming an ever more nuanced performer, tempering the rawness and intensity of her earlier albums with a lighter approach. Arriving in 2008, Jukebox reaffirms what a polished artist she's become, especially since her Memphis soul homage The Greatest. But where The Greatest sometimes bordered on slick, Jukebox's blend of country, soul, blues, and jazz feels lived-in and natural. Marshall recorded this set with her touring act, the Dirty Delta Blues Band, featuring some of indie rock's finest players, including her longtime drummer, the Dirty Three's Jim White -- who gives even the quietest moments vitality -- as well as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Judah Bauer and Chavez's Matt Sweeney, so it's not surprising that the album often plays like an especially well-recorded concert. However, some of the session legends she worked with on The Greatest make guest appearances, including Teenie Hodges and Spooner Oldham. Oldham's song for Janis Joplin, "A Woman Left Lonely," appears here, and the original's sophisticated yet earthy sound is one of the album's biggest influences. As on The Covers Record, Marshall makes bold choices. She citifies Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" switched to "Ramblin' [Wo]Man" here, turning it slinky and smoky with spacious drums and rippling Rhodes; despite the very different surroundings, the song's desperate loneliness remains. Joni Mitchell's icily beautiful "Blue" gets a thaw and a late-night feel that are completely different but just as compelling. Not all of Jukebox's transformations are this successful: Marshall's penchant for turning formerly brash songs brooding like The Covers Record's "Satisfaction" sounds too predictable on Frank Sinatra's "New York." And, while the choice to change James Brown's "I Lost Someone" from searing and pleading to languid was brave, the results fall flat. One of the most drastic remakes is Marshall's own Moon Pix track "Metal Heart," which adds more drama and dynamics to one of her prettiest melodies. While the way this version swings from aching verses to cathartic choruses works, the subtlety and simplicity of the original are missed. Indeed, many of Jukebox's best moments are the simplest. Marshall's reworking of the Highwaymen's 1990 hit "Silver Stallion" frees the song from its dated production, replacing it with acoustic guitar and pedal steel that impart a timeless, restless beauty. She pays Bob Dylan homage with a gritty, defiant, yet reverent take on "I Believe in You" from his 1978 Christian album Slow Train Coming and "Song to Bobby," Jukebox's lone new track, dedicated to and inspired by Dylan so thoroughly that she borrows his trademark cadences without sounding like an impersonation. Uneven as it may be, Jukebox is still a worthwhile portrait of Chan Marshall's artistry.
Rolling Stone
She refashions material from other artists and makes it seem like it's been hers all along...Marshall belts out a newly confident swagger as if she's breaking in a new pair of fancy red shoes. Melissa Maerz
Toronto Star - Ben Rayner
A simple, guitar-and-voice version of the blues traditional "Lord, Help the Poor & Needy" and Marshall's eerie, organ-haunted run at Joni Mitchell's "Blue" bring the goosebumps we expect a Cat Power record to bring.

She refashions material from other artists and makes it seem like it's been hers all along...Marshall belts out a newly confident swagger as if she's breaking in a new pair of fancy red shoes. Melissa Maerz
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861075424
  • Catalog Number: 10754
  • Sales rank: 92,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New York (2:00)
  2. 2 Ramblin' (Wo)man (3:47)
  3. 3 Metal Heart (3:53)
  4. 4 Silver Stallion (2:52)
  5. 5 Aretha, Sing One for Me (3:12)
  6. 6 Lost Someone (2:50)
  7. 7 Lord, Help the Poor & Needy (2:37)
  8. 8 I Believe in You (4:07)
  9. 9 Song for Bobby (4:17)
  10. 10 Don't Explain (3:50)
  11. 11 Women Left Lonely (4:07)
  12. 12 Blue (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cat Power Primary Artist
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Larry McDonald Percussion
Spooner Oldham Organ
Judah Bauer Guitar
Matt Sweeney Guitar
Chan Marshall Vocals
Gregg Foreman Piano
Dylan Willemsa Viola
Erik Paparazzi Bass Guitar
Jim White Drums
Technical Credits
Jessie Mae Hemphill Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Lee Clayton Composer
Kander Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Lloyd Stallworth Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Chan Marshall Composer
Eugene William Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Singer Songwriter Alive Today

    OK, I know this is an album of covers, but can anyone point out a song she covers that actually sounds like the original song? She completely rewrites the songs into mellow, bluesy ballads that no one can do better. Seriously, who is better than Cat Power? Chan Marshall has the best voice and song writing ability out of all the current singer songwriters today.

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    Posted October 14, 2008

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