Cat Power
The Greatest



by Bero USER (2 Reviews)
January 25th, 2007 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great album for a beginner into Southern Soul Pop. Something to expand your tastes with in this genre

What a compelling voice! what a sound!!!

Cat Power or Chan Marshall has one hell of a voice. It's a voice that'll stop you day dreaming as you drive home from work on a cold winters day when the local radio station plays her single. The sort voice that will prep your ears up like a puppy whose never heard thunder.

And then you say after it's all over "who the f*&K was that"

I had never heard of Cat Power before this moment in my car and after I recovered I went and got her album. Soul and pop mixed together in polished near perfect sound. It's warm, calm, reflective as if you were in a room with only her and she was telling you about herself, about her past, her friends, family, fears. It is one of the most intimate works I have ever heard.

Chan works her magic with a backup group of Southern Soul veterans. I can imagine that this would have been quite the challenge considering their pedigree, but one feels it empowered her, tightend her reign and confidence on her insturment.

The album starts with The Greatest, a beautiful piano piece that reflects on a boxer who wanted to make it and now reflects in his failure. Things pick up with the tonky Living Proof and then falls back on the disparing Lived in Bars. It then moves into the centrepiece "Willie". From here, we get some sweet soul touches " Where Is My Love" and "Islands". This is all wrapped up with the rocker "Love and Communication", a very intense look at a relationship and it's dynamics.

If you have never heard Cat Power get this album. If not, send letters for her to go on American Idol, because I would love to know how she would go on that show!!!

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Two-Headed Boy
January 25th 2007


It was an okay first review, but you really need to beef up your info on the sound of the album. Make comparisons, summarize the album's sound as best as you can (though you got a start on that, try and sell it to the reader. Use descriptions more thoroughly, like the mood it gives and the way it flows), and most importantly try to sell it to the reader through thorough descriptions using those methords. Anyway, this is a good first reiew.This Message Edited On 01.25.07

January 25th 2007


album is okay

January 25th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

This is a decent album, it doesn't really compare to either Moon Pix or You Are Free. Nothing really stand out on here, this album is definitely lacking something and I can't put my finger on it.

January 26th 2007


I vaguely want to check out Cat Power

The Jungler
January 26th 2007


Pretty good first review. I like what I've heard of Cat Power, but I wouldn't want to start here.
For some reason I always think this is a greatest hits record :/

January 27th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I'd recommend Moonpix as a first cat power album. . .

June 2nd 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Moon Pix is a very good first look at Cat Power.

If you like it, move on to You Are Free or Dear Sir

this is an okay record. I do like "The Greatest" and "Lived in Bars" but it just... she changed. And not necessarily for the better. It's more pure, and more jazzy instrumentation, which i don't think was a very good switch. It definitely opened her audience, widened her admirers. but for what?

April 17th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

There's nothing like living in a bottle

And nothing like ending it all for the world

November 10th 2016


Album Rating: 3.0

this is my first time listening to cat power, and she has a beautiful voice but musically this didn't draw me in at all. i could see myself enjoying a few songs (mainly the opener) time to time but definitely not the whole album start to finish.

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