Cat Power

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Wan­derer

Vo­cal­ist, song­writer and pro­ducer Cat Power (Chan Mar­shall) is back af­ter a six-year hia­tus with Wan­derer. A vet­eran of con­vey­ing emo­tion through sooth­ing, ten­der vo­cals, Mar­shall has gone back to her more som­bre roots. In her own fash­ion, Mar­shall cov­ers Ri­hanna’s 2012 hit “Stay”; vel­vety piano and haunt­ing vo­cals re­ally make it sound like a Cat Power song. It’s raw and del­i­cate, trans­form­ing ev­ery note into new vari­a­tions of mean­ing. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Lana Del Rey — an artist who has taken in­spi­ra­tion from Mar­shall over the years — on “Woman,” they pro­duce a per­fect har­monic bal­ance. In con­trast, “Hori­zon” is a soft bal­lad that starts off as the smooth sound we ex­pect from Mar­shall, but be­comes heav­ily Auto-Tuned and very ex­per­i­men­tal. The bounce in the over­pro­duced end­ing ru­ins the track, cre­at­ing a rift in the flow of the record. The tam­bourine­heavy track “Rob­bin Hood” and the acous­tic “Me Voy” quickly re­deem the blun­der of al­ter­ing Mar­shall’s voice. Af­ter be­ing out of the spot­light

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