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  • Summary: Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall is Cat Power, and on this album she reinterprets (sometimes drastically) the works of some of her favorite artists, including Smog, the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, and Bob Dylan.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Is it essential? Absolutely. With only a guitar or piano, and a voice that is developing into one of the most expressive in rock, Marshall crafts deeply textured explorations of heartache, terror, longing, dismay, and emotions I'm pretty sure I've not found yet.... Rock will see few finer releases this year.
  2. 90
    Here, backed only by guitar or piano, she inhabits other singers' material (including Smog's "Red Apples") with a fierce conviction that's often startling.
  3. Marshall takes wild liberties with lyrics and melodies, and dissolves indie-rock self-consciousness into fractured, heartrending folk-blues.
  4. An uncommonly moving singer whose deliberate delivery extracts volumes of yearning and melancholy from her own material and the work of other writers.
  5. 80
    Quite a few steps away from the "typical" girl-with-guitar record, this is the album that reveals Marshall to be quite a unique force.
  6. With her distressed, Southern-inflected vocals and guitar/piano accompaniments tolling like perpetual church bells, Cat Power brings these songs successfully into her own, bleak domain.
  7. Eventually, though, the guitar-and-piano-only, stripped-down dynamics mean that a dull torpor settles over the album.

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  1. Nov 20, 2013
    10
    This album is perfection. I've never really liked cover versions of most songs, but somehow Marshall makes all these songs (some of which I am completely unfamiliar of) sound very appealing and magnificent. My favorite track would be the opener "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Cat Power Rules! Expand
  2. Ricky
    Jul 20, 2006
    10
    Her voice is entrancing and addictive.
  3. GabyDas3
    Feb 18, 2007
    10
    im fourteen and this album makes me happy, nostaglic (i know how ridiculous that sounds) and calm. with an amazing voice which is hypnotic, amazing and fantastic this album can only be a must have for anyone. Can't Get no Satisfaction' from Rolling Stones is the most amazing cover i have every heard...Cat Power makes me appreciate music again. Expand
  4. Solveig
    May 30, 2003
    9
    Well, The Covers Record is in my opinion not Chan's best work but still it's beautiful. I can guarantee that anyone can fall in love with Cat Power's sour music, just give it some time. You will not regret it! Expand
  5. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    7
    For the small amount of energy Chan Marshall put into these recordings, the results are spectacular. I rarely condone cover albums, but this one gets by sheerly on Marshall's ability as a singer, which is considerable. Expand