Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cat Power - The Greatest (V0)

Billie Holiday would be proud. Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, is one of the few artists participating in the reclamation of American folk. The Greatest, released in 2006 to widespread and ubiquitous critical acclaim, is perhaps one of the pinnacles of the New Weird Americana movement of the earliest years of the 21st century.

The soulfulness of Cat Power's voice and the presence of her Georgian influences is astoundingly clear throughout the entirety of this album, harkening back to the earliest days of Americana, drawing what seems to be a direct bloodline to the likes of Duke Ellington or Sarah Vaughan, and reinforcing Cat Power's own blues heritage. Arrangements of piano and strings, alongside blues staples like pedal steel guitar and trumpet, beautifully accompany Cat Power's voice, which, again, is one Holiday herself would be proud of.


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