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  • Summary: The live recording of Cat Power's November 2022 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall where she recreated Bob Dylan's May 1966 live set at the Manchester Free Trade Hall.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 15, 2023
    In less capable hands, such a painstaking interpretation would be rendered redundant, but the wounded innocence of Marshall’s voice ensures that her versions remain piercingly evocative—vital, even.
  2. Nov 7, 2023
    Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert does exactly what it says on the tin, but in the process adds another story to Dylan's tower of song, and showcases Marshall as devotee, student and messenger.
  3. Nov 10, 2023
    Though Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert doesn't -- and couldn't -- have the same revelatory feel of Dylan's original concert, Marshall's wise, loving performances strengthen her reputation as one of her generation's most gifted interpreters.
  4. 70
    As a one-off project, this is an enjoyable romp, especially for Cat Power fans. Chan Marshall applies her stamp on material she loves, the live atmosphere enhances the enthusiasm, the audio is crisp and the show successfully accomplishes what it sets out to do. But it’s no replacement for the real thing.
  5. Nov 10, 2023
    It takes a special sort to do such songs justice with a mere acoustic guitar, but Marshall manages it. When things go electric, the ante isn’t upped nearly enough, however, and can’t help but pale compared to the frantic energy of The Hawks and Dylan fighting the audience.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 7, 2023
    For the acoustic half, she genuflects a little too readily, but the limberness of her voice hades new contours for the songs; the electric half takes a while to ignite, but "Like A Rolling Stone" is gorgeous. [Dec 2023, p.27]
  7. Nov 9, 2023
    This was undoubtably an excellent night out if you were lucky enough to be in the audience, but as an album it’s a mild diversion at best, which will probably end up directing you back to the Dylan original.

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