It only took seventeen years, but Cat Power is finally happy. And so the story goes.
Known as much for her substance abuse, stage fright, and neurosis as the sad melancholy songs that she built her career on, Chan Marshall has always seemed on the edge of the precipice. It is what simultaneously attracts people to her – many of whom find empathy and solace in the depression she wallows in – and have many people fearing for her future, sometimes hoping that she’ll make it one more day. This is after all, an unquestionably talented singer who is prone to manic stage breakdowns after one too many alcohol abuse.
Many of Chan Marshall’s fans will be quite surprised then by what they find with the newest Cat Power album Sun. Sun, as the name implies, is an unequivocally positive, almost brimming record. This is as happy as you can find Cat Power to be. More importantly, she seemed to have conquered her demons and has gotten her shit together.
The thought of a happy Cat Power record almost seems frightening to her fans. Especially since the songs contains samplings and even auto-tune. But fans shouldn’t fear. The record may be happy, but it still bares Chan’s soul. This is an amazing, excellent record, highlighted by the penultimate track – the eleven minute odyssey Nothin But Time, that seems to only get better as it gets longer. It will lift your spirit and put a smile to your face. And towards the end, when Iggy Pop chimes in. Well, that’s just the cherry on the top.
Stream the bitchin’ complainin’ catchy track Ruin embedded below.
Cat Power – Sun comes out 9/4 via Matador (order here)