The Greatest





Leave it to mockingbird, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, to inject musical vet creds into her latest album. Called The Greatest, it's a poignant stroll to her Southern roots and a departure from the indie-esque-dom of You Are Free (2003). Recorded in Memphis at the legendary Ardent Studios, Marshall’s seventh album features an instrumental line-up dating back to Al Green, Booker T, MG and Aretha Franklin circa '70s Hi Records, rich in vintage horns, strings and drum contributions that permeate solace within solemnity. Greatest opens with a title track that calls out in a reticent, graceful rasp – “Once I wanted to be the greatest/No wind or waterfall could stop me/And then came the rush of the flood/The stars at night turned you to dust”. “Living Proof” and “Willie” support on piano, well-lit and comfortable, while “Empty Shell” reminisces solo against green pastures. Admittingly lonesome, Greatest serves a sensual sedative of gruff that punctures beautifully in places where you least expect and delivers the heart appropriately home.

Cat Power
Matador

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