In her cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Cat Power's Chan Marshall never even sings the title's complaint, making the spare acoustic rendition an apt opening track to an album where she doesn't just cover songs by the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Moby Grape, and others, she reinvents them. In her inimitable style, Marshall turns each tune into a haunting new being, inhabited only by her quavering voice and either a gently played guitar or piano. She breaks down each melody to its most essential ingredients, often using her accompanying instrument to lay down only guidepost chords while her voice negotiates the territory between. Other songs here were natural choices for Marshall. Smog's "Red Apples" already sounded like a Cat Power tune when Bill Callahan did the original version, and Marshall slips into Nina Simone's somber torch song "Wild Is the Wind" like an old shoe. And then there's "In This Hole," which is originally from Marshall's own WHAT WOULD THE COMMUNITY THINK. As she revisits the tune and turns it even gloomier, Marshall proves that even the subtlest of alterations can make a song sound brand-new. It is those subtleties that make THE COVERS RECORD a joy, and it makes us hope she's got more than covers waiting in the wings.