Cat Power – The Covers Record

Yesterday I received that LP from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. Now that is really an interesting piece. It’s a record full of cover versions (hence the title), for example of the Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan. But certainly not the usual kind. Listening to the record you wouldn’t recognize any one of the songs easily. It seems like Chan only took the lyrics of the songs and turned them into her own. That is, only she, singing, and playing piano or guitar. All this in her typical minimalistic style. On some songs she seems to only play 2 or 3 notes. And still, while the music is very quiet, it’s still enourmously intense. The good old ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ comes along as a calm folk ballad gem. Amazing.

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