Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 02:09
The new album Sun by Cat Power only reassures the fact that she is a remarkable, profound writer-songwriter. Plus, it only gets better from album to album. Cat Power is the artist to watch out for.
Compared to her previous works, You Are Free and The Greatest albums, Sun is a dynamic, yet thoughtful album. Sometimes ironic, sometimes romantic—Cat Power conveys the mood and the visions accurately.
The meaningfulness and thoughtfulness of her art is complemented by the intricate music, rich and multilayered in such a way as to drift the listeners away, not tire them. Her deep female voice is just the right kind of deep—not too rough, not too high. It flows naturally and calmly, without abrupt shouting.
The track “Cherokee” was a great choice for the first song of Sun, because it assembles together all that Cat Power’s got in store for the listener. Sun is unique in its music complexity and thoughts. If the opening song sounds appealing, keep on listening. If not, don’t give up on the album and still give it a try, because ironic “3,6,9” or rock-ish, not-so-silent “Silent Machine” should become more appealing to the listener.
The balance of fast tempos and soft singing make the album a pleasant, soft listening that has no hints of depression or sadness. This balance is a sign of high-quality music.
Sun as a whole is consumed easily and wholesomely. Although the subjects and emotions attached to each song may be different, they somehow make sense one after another.