The Greatest

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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.

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The Greatest
Once I wanted to be the greatest No wind or waterfall could stall me And then came the rush of the flood Stars at night turned deep to dust Melt me... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Spin
    After only a few spins, The Greatest sounds like another [masterpiece]. [Feb 2006, p.84]
  2. This will be on most of the indie-ish year end tops charts this year, guaranteed.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    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. If [some]songs catch a magical intangible by pairing Marshall's naked vocal with a ghost of Memphis passion, others fail to turn the same trick.
  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: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. rass.
    Jan 3, 2009
  2. BrianE
    Jan 26, 2006
    don't beliee the hesitant reviewers - its perfect
  3. mr.hankey
    Mar 28, 2006
    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
    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
    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
    Gets a little monotonous as it drags on. The first three tracks are fantastic though.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jan 30, 2006
    cat power is overhyped crap, marketed to pretentious indie rock tone deaf idiots. this deserves a negative score.

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