The Greatest - Cat Power
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  • Summary: Despite the misleading title, 'The Greatest' is not a best-of collection, but rather is Chan Marshall's first album of original songs in three years. It was recorded in Memphis and finds the singer backed by some of that city's legendary session musicians.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    After only a few spins, The Greatest sounds like another [masterpiece]. [Feb 2006, p.84]
  2. 90
    By putting some warm flesh on her musical bones, Chan Marshall is punching her considerable songwriting weight. [Jan 2006, p.116]
  3. Never so flatly confessional as to be artless, her plaintive sentiments are still nakedly honest, strangely restrained yet unfettered. Still, Marshall's singing occasionally feels distant, negating the intimacy. [22 Jan 2006]
  4. Though it's an interesting idea and is at times stirring, the results don't always work as well as one would hope.
  5. 70
    It partly works. [Mar 2006, p.110]
  6. Though the lyrics are light ("Could We") and often banal ("The Moon"), the warm, Mazzy Star minimalism and neon-roots groove are fairly irresistible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. rass.
    Jan 3, 2009
    10
    perfect!
  2. BrianE
    Jan 26, 2006
    10
    don't beliee the hesitant reviewers - its perfect
  3. mr.hankey
    Mar 28, 2006
    9
    Obviously this is not even close to the brilliance of " You Are Free " but it will have to do. Chan Marshall aka Cat Power goes for the Obviously this is not even close to the brilliance of " You Are Free " but it will have to do. Chan Marshall aka Cat Power goes for the memphis blues to influence her on this wonderful album that seems to have deep thought and love put into it. Chan Marshall has a true and disturbingly real voice that comes out at you and you listen in awe. But this as I said before is not her best album " The Covers Record and " You Are Free" stand out as her best even though they lack many traits for a perfect album they are still folk/ rock masterpieces. I do love " The Greatest " It is still a album that will not let you lose grip of. My last words are that if you are a fan of Chan then give it a try even though many fans do not enjoy it is still worth a listen who would you rather listen to Britney Spears or Chan Marshall? Expand
  4. KurtCobain
    Jan 26, 2006
    8
    Meow! What a hottie! If I wasn't dead I would bang the bejesus out of her! Come to daddy baby.
  5. RobertA
    Feb 15, 2006
    8
    I enjoy this album. It has a nice vibe and all around good quality. I give it a solid 8.
  6. Andy
    Aug 22, 2006
    6
    Gets a little monotonous as it drags on. The first three tracks are fantastic though.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jan 30, 2006
    0
    cat power is overhyped crap, marketed to pretentious indie rock tone deaf idiots. this deserves a negative score.

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