Now I like cats more than I like most people and here comes Cat Power - aka Chan Marshall and she has a new one - her ninth - and that would be "Sun" and it's on mighty, mighty Matador. Well known as tortured artiste, Marshall totters on the verge of the indifferent on some of these but on others, she's the cat's meow, such as on the title track and "3,6,9," as she samples the Cupid song and adds some steam heat to the already sticky scenario. This one gets a bit draggy in the middle - as in back to Songwriting 101 - but the "Manhattan" song has this cool jazz groove and on "Nothing But Time," she's joined by that gravelly voiced survivor, Iggy Pop. Basically, Marshall's a tough chick trying to figure things out and letting us hang out for a bit. She's probably a trip live - not sure I'd go, however. Pet your cat in any case.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Cat Power - Sun
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Rockin' Roll Call
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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