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By now, Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) is an old hand at choosing songs to interpret. On this, her third album of catholic covers, she makes that clear right out of the gate. Her interpretation of Frank Ocean's "Bad Religion"—a spare heartbreaker and one of the most painfully intimate songs of the past decade—is a marvel in that it takes an already perfect song and makes it even more haunting by tapping into a different dimension. There's a lived-in depth, a beautiful reminder of how Marshall has grown into her voice, which used to be a tentative instrument and now is arrestingly yet comfortably assured. Adding more musical layers, including multiple vocal tracks, she underscores how the song is not just about the swelling ache of unrequited love but also the acceptance of what that means about you. Marshall makes Lana Del Rey's sleepy-eyed ballad "White Mustang" into more of a sexy slow roll that quickens its pace at the chorus—becoming a noir prowl, like from some spy thriller. "You're revvin' and revvin' and revvin' it up/ And the sound, it was frightening," Marshall sings like she means it, all the gauze of the original torn aside. Her own song "Hate," a bleak blues lament from 2006's The Greatest, evolves as "Unhate": bigger, bolder and with ghostly vocal effects. The pounding, relentless nightmare of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "I Had a Dream, Joe" is transformed into a Lynchian fever dream. The effect sounds, truly, like an early Cat Power song—nervous, threatening, skittish, ready to bolt at any moment. Marshall lets slide the cynicism of the Replacements' bittersweet beauty "Here Comes a Regular," leaving the tender ache of hopelessness on full display. The Pogues' trad-folk chanty "A Pair of Brown Eyes" is stripped back to a holy-sounding hymn, organ humming and Marshall's voice a mesmerizing round-robin of harmony. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" becomes mischievous and winking, slowed down to a lazy summer drawl with back-alley bass. Bob Seger's "Against the Wind," here almost witchy in its femininity, is completely unrecognizable. Marshall puts a swoony, smoky cabaret sheen on the jazz standard "I'll Be Seeing You." And a faithful cover of "These Days"—originally written by a 16-year-old Jackson Browne and made famous by Nico—is exactly what you want to hear from Marshall: husky and shadowy, excruciatingly beautiful, endlessly satisfying. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Bad Religion
00:04:20

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Wayne Nugent, Composer, Lyricist - BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited, MusicPublisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK), MusicPublisher - Charles Gambetta, Composer, Lyricist - Kevin Ristro, Composer, Lyricist - Christopher Edwin Breaux, Composer, Lyricist

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2021 Domino Recording Co Ltd

2
Unhate
00:02:44

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Hipgnosis Music Group obo Mattitude Music LLC, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2021 Domino Recording Co Ltd

3
Pa Pa Power
00:03:10

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Ryan Gosling, Composer, Lyricist - Mothership Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Zachary Shields, Composer, Lyricist

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2021 Domino Recording Co Ltd

4
White Mustang
00:03:00

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Richard Nowels, Composer, Lyricist - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Elizabeth Grant, Composer, Lyricist - Emi Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

5
A Pair Of Brown Eyes
00:03:42

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Perfect Songs Ltd, MusicPublisher - Shane Mac-gowan, Composer, Lyricist

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2021 Domino Recording Co Ltd

6
Against the Wind
00:03:13

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Bob Seger, Composer, Lyricist - Cat Power, MainArtist - Gear Publishing Company, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

7
Endless Sea
00:03:35

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - James Osterberg, Composer, Lyricist - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

8
These Days
00:03:44

Jackson Browne, Composer, Lyricist - Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Open Window Music / Drive Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

9
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
00:02:33

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Jay Miller, Composer, Lyricist - Peer Music Ltd, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

10
I Had a Dream Joe
00:04:39

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Nick Cave, Composer, Lyricist - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - Kobalt Music Publishing LTD, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

11
Here Comes A Regular
00:05:14

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - PAUL WESTERBERG, Composer, Lyricist - Chan Marshall, Producer - Cat Power, MainArtist - BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd

12
I'll Be Seeing You
00:03:22

Rob Schnapf, Mixer - Sammy Fain, Composer, Lyricist - Chan Marshall, Producer - Irving Kahal, Composer, Lyricist - Cat Power, MainArtist - BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited, MusicPublisher - Fain Music Company, MusicPublisher

2022 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2021 Domino Recording Co Ltd

Album review

By now, Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) is an old hand at choosing songs to interpret. On this, her third album of catholic covers, she makes that clear right out of the gate. Her interpretation of Frank Ocean's "Bad Religion"—a spare heartbreaker and one of the most painfully intimate songs of the past decade—is a marvel in that it takes an already perfect song and makes it even more haunting by tapping into a different dimension. There's a lived-in depth, a beautiful reminder of how Marshall has grown into her voice, which used to be a tentative instrument and now is arrestingly yet comfortably assured. Adding more musical layers, including multiple vocal tracks, she underscores how the song is not just about the swelling ache of unrequited love but also the acceptance of what that means about you. Marshall makes Lana Del Rey's sleepy-eyed ballad "White Mustang" into more of a sexy slow roll that quickens its pace at the chorus—becoming a noir prowl, like from some spy thriller. "You're revvin' and revvin' and revvin' it up/ And the sound, it was frightening," Marshall sings like she means it, all the gauze of the original torn aside. Her own song "Hate," a bleak blues lament from 2006's The Greatest, evolves as "Unhate": bigger, bolder and with ghostly vocal effects. The pounding, relentless nightmare of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "I Had a Dream, Joe" is transformed into a Lynchian fever dream. The effect sounds, truly, like an early Cat Power song—nervous, threatening, skittish, ready to bolt at any moment. Marshall lets slide the cynicism of the Replacements' bittersweet beauty "Here Comes a Regular," leaving the tender ache of hopelessness on full display. The Pogues' trad-folk chanty "A Pair of Brown Eyes" is stripped back to a holy-sounding hymn, organ humming and Marshall's voice a mesmerizing round-robin of harmony. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" becomes mischievous and winking, slowed down to a lazy summer drawl with back-alley bass. Bob Seger's "Against the Wind," here almost witchy in its femininity, is completely unrecognizable. Marshall puts a swoony, smoky cabaret sheen on the jazz standard "I'll Be Seeing You." And a faithful cover of "These Days"—originally written by a 16-year-old Jackson Browne and made famous by Nico—is exactly what you want to hear from Marshall: husky and shadowy, excruciatingly beautiful, endlessly satisfying. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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