Cat Power - The Greatest
Catalog#: OLE 626-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album (New)
Has inner lyric sleeve
Style: Blues Rock
Credits: Arranged By [Strings] - Harlan T. Bobo
Bass - David Smith (2) (tracks: 2, 4 to 6, 9, 10) , Leroy Hodges (tracks: 1, 3, 8, 12)
Cello, Arranged By [Strings] - Jonathan Kirkscey
Drums - Steve Potts (2)
Guitar - Mabon "Teenie" Hodges (tracks: 1 to 10, 12)
Guitar, Guitar [Pedal Steel] - Doug Easley
Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Arranged By [Strings], Mixed By - Chan Marshall
Piano, Organ, Keyboards - Rick Steff
Recorded By, Mixed By - Stuart Sikes
Saxophone - Jim Spake
Trumpet - Scott Thompson
Viola - Beth Luscone
Violin - Roy Brewer
Notes: RTI 180 gram vinyl
A1 The Greatest
A2 Living Proof
A3 Lived In Bars
A4 Could We
A5 Empty Shell
B1 Where Is My Love
B2 The Moon
B4 After It All
B6 Love & Communication
B7 Up And Gone
Cat Power's output will never be accused of being very emotive or lyrically overwrought, yet her latest album goes beyond the austere boundaries of prior releases. This is not to say that Marshall has gone over the edge in any way, yet in The Greatest her voice seems to reach for new tender corners and there's a certain compassion for her songs' characters in this album which- at least to me-have never been this apparent in the past.
This is the case with the title song and opener, a moving piece about a boxer, which already showcases some key musical choices that give The Greatest its particular feel. Whether it's the subtle guitar work, the way the strings and piano unfold its melody, or the drums-which I don't recall being present as often or featured as they are throughout these tracks-ease you into a different kind of Cat Power album.
A similar feel to the opener returns in "Living In Bars," "Where Is My Love" and "Willie," yet not all songs comply to this formula, by the way, songs like Living Proof," "Could We," "After It All" or "Islands" are-in their own ways and by Cat Power' standards-more accessible, more willing to reach out than past material.
Still, this is a Cat Power album, "The Moon"- one of my favorite songs-as well as "Empty Shell" or "Hate," each in its own way, proved this and may remind you of prior albums.
So, enjoy and be moved by a special singer and interesting songwriter who's still willing to explore the music outside her usual world, and had the shy observer she's always been, step out into new moods.
Cat Power - The Greatest
Cat Power - Lived In Bars
Cat Power - Interview
Cat Power - Hate
This song comes from her album The Greatest, which was a further move from the New York noise, folk, traditional southern acoustic, blues and piano-rock into Soul. This song however stand out from the rest of the album as a singular throwback to her earlier work, with simple acoustic accompaniment and searingly personal lyrics.