Cat Power – The Greatest (CD Review)

Cat Power returns for her seventh album ‘The Greatest’ in luxurious form. The velvet smoothness of the delicately constructed songs is immediate and captivating. There are elements of country, gospel, blues and classic singer-songwriter intimacy wrapped in soothing background vocals, strings, horns and piano. The whole album is bathed in rich and mellow tones that are as dramatic and theatrical without ever becoming hysterical and over played.



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The power of ‘Could We’ and ‘Love & Communication’ in their polished Motown sound are perfectly matched by the dangerously exposed sounds of ‘Where is My Love’ and ‘Hate’. ‘The Greatest’ is another triumph for Chan Marshall – a collection that fits together seamlessly, with great passion and warmth.

Label : Matador Records

Release Date : 23 January 2006

Website : www.catpowerthegreatest.com

Tracklisting

  • The Greatest
  • Living Proof
  • Lived In Bars
  • Could We
  • Empty Shell
  • Willie
  • Where Is My Love
  • The Moon
  • Islands
  • After It All
  • Hate
  • Love & Communication

Cat Power is Chan Marshall on guitar, piano, vocal

With

Mabon “Teenie” Hodges – guitar on all songs except hate

Steve Potts – drums

Leroy “Flick” Hodges – bass on the moon, lived in bars, the greatest, love & communication

David Smith – bass on living proof, could we, empty shell, willie, islands, after it all

Additional Musicians

Doug Easley – guitar, Pedal Steel
Rick Steff – keyboards, Claitone, Piano, Organ
Jim Spake – sax
Scott Thompson – trumpet
Roy Brewer – violin
Johnathan Kirkscey – cello
Beth Luscone – viola

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