You Are Freeby Cat Power
There's a little bit of irony -- at least -- in the title of the latest album from Chan Marshall, the artist better known as Cat Power. As she's proven over years of painfully direct releases and sometimes harrowing live performances, she's hardly free; she's practically possessed by the music that pours from her. She makes that clear from the first notes of the album-opening "I Don't Blame You," a measured, piano-laced dissertation on being trapped -- whether by a love, a muse, or the world as a whole. She revisits the notion on a song that carries the album's title in its chorus -- one of the disc's more mournful numbers, it's tellingly titled "Maybe Not." Even with all the dark clouds, however, You Are Free is Marshall's most rock-oriented statement in some time. In part due to the presence of Foo Fighter Dave Grohl -- who mans the drum kit for three tunes, including the likeably skittish "Shaking Paper" -- the disc's electric songs resonate with a knowing power. Eddie Vedder also turns in a cameo, providing counterpoint vocals on the poignant "Evolution" (no relation to Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution"), but even Ed can't draw attention away from Marshall. Reluctantly cast as it may be, Chan Marshall's aura shines brighter with each release.
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- Matador Records
Performance CreditsCat Power Primary Artist
Warren Ellis Violin
Technical CreditsAdam Kasper Engineer
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This is the first album by Cat Power that I have bought and I was not disapointed. She has a beautiful and innocent sound. I highly recomend this album.
i was at first hesitant to accept the latest from my favorite musician; 1, because of her new-found studio money, which enhances the sound, which is essentially a good thing but i was too used to her older albums with flawfull guitar and shaky vocals(which i love). 2, because of all the featurings in the album such as dave grohl and ed vedder, i thought that all the attention would draw her from her original style. of course all those had effects but none so severe to have taken her from her beautiful folk songs. i actually love this album. i think that chans ability to keep to her southern style and not be as doggerel and amorphous as alot of southern folk musicians are is very impressive and i applaude her and she remains my favorite musician.