11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one is better than Chan Marshall at understanding how less can be more. The most indelible moments of her discography are those in which there is precious little getting between her voice and your ears. Her 10th Cat Power album—and first since leaving Matador, the label she was on for most of her career—is built around the idea of sparseness as strength. Following the relative sonic busy-ness of 2012's Sun, Wanderer returns to the tested formula of Marshall singing over a couple of metronomic piano or guitar chords, maybe the occasional drum. (She marked the 20th anniversary of 1998's haunted, career-making masterpiece Moon Pix with a commemorative show in Sydney months before Wanderer's release, and it turned out to be a clue as to where she was at now.) Songs like “Horizon” and “Nothing Really Matters” and the cover of Rihanna's “Stay”—all of them, really—aim to lull, so you have no choice but to lean forward and take in every curled syllable.

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one is better than Chan Marshall at understanding how less can be more. The most indelible moments of her discography are those in which there is precious little getting between her voice and your ears. Her 10th Cat Power album—and first since leaving Matador, the label she was on for most of her career—is built around the idea of sparseness as strength. Following the relative sonic busy-ness of 2012's Sun, Wanderer returns to the tested formula of Marshall singing over a couple of metronomic piano or guitar chords, maybe the occasional drum. (She marked the 20th anniversary of 1998's haunted, career-making masterpiece Moon Pix with a commemorative show in Sydney months before Wanderer's release, and it turned out to be a clue as to where she was at now.) Songs like “Horizon” and “Nothing Really Matters” and the cover of Rihanna's “Stay”—all of them, really—aim to lull, so you have no choice but to lean forward and take in every curled syllable.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Zairscratch ,

Its Cat Power not Lana del Rey

Its Cat Powers new album not Lana’s. Lana is featured on one track.

Monkeypig1965 ,

Great sound again

Thanks Chan for another great album. Love the song ‘woman’ and your version of the ‘what the world needs now’. If you come back to OZ love to catch up again in Byron.

rufus_red ,

Wandering

I'm a long time fan of Cat Power/Chan Marshall and it pains me to say that after six years since her last cd, this new collection is not her strongest. 3 out of 11 songs are what I like to hear from her, the rest is meandering and weak. I wished Lana Del Ray had dueted on a different song, Woman is so ho hum. I'm sure we've not heard the last from this prolific artist and I look forward to her future releases.

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