SOUND NT JUDGEME

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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CAT POWER – WAN­DERER

THIS cat bites. On her 10th al­bum as Cat Power, icon­o­clas­tic Amer­i­can artist Chan Mar­shall takes aim at tar­gets of her wrath and an­ni­hi­lates with a suc­ces­sion of dev­as­tat­ing lyri­cal lac­er­a­tions. From the short, folky, a cap­pella ti­tle track, un­til the record wraps with a stringac­com­pa­nied reprise, Mar­shall casts a scorn­ful eye across Amer­ica.

Lead sin­gle, Woman, is an­themic, sinewy and forth­right. Lana Del Rey, a long-time ad­mirer, joins Mar­shall on vo­cals, the pair com­bin­ing for a hal­lelu­jah to fem­i­nin­ity. Mar­shall cov­ers Ri­hanna’s Stay, her smoky, soul­ful voice ad­ding a ten­der tim­bre.

Black is per­haps Mar­shall’s #MeToo mo­ment, a with­er­ing take­down of en­ti­tled men. A stri­dent, darkly ma­jes­tic work.

KATIE MELUA – UL­TI­MATE COL­LEC­TION

KATIE Melua, the Geor­gian-Bri­tish singer-song­writer and mu­si­cian – whose other­worldly voice can in­ex­pli­ca­bly make you weep and feel pure ela­tion at the same time – has pos­si­bly bested her pre­vi­ous ef­forts with a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of Shirley Bassey’s Di­a­monds Are For­ever. Cloaked in her trade­mark sub­tlety, it is one of two fresh tracks on her new great­est hits of­fer­ing, Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tion.

Melua is one of the most tal­ented mu­si­cians of her gen­er­a­tion. You ei­ther al­ready ad­mire her mu­sic’s mes­meris­ing beauty and sim­plic­ity, or you don’t know her at all. If the lat­ter is true, this is the per­fect way to ed­u­cate your­self.

KT TUNSTALL – WAX

KT TUNSTALL rocks! Wax has pow­er­ful elec­tric gui­tars to the fore, in­clud­ing from former Ash axe-slinger Char­lotte Hather­ley.

Opener Lit­tle Red Thread’s stac­cato riff sets the tone be­fore she em­braces her sexy side on Hu­man Be­ing and The River.

The al­bum hits its stride mid­way through, with The Healer (Re­dux), the heav­i­est song, fol­lowed by pos­si­bly the best, Dark Side Of Me.

Then the emo­tional, but more mu­si­cally un­der­stated, clos­ing pair of The Night That Bowie Died and Tiny Love, pro­vide a strong fin­ish.

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