• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jan 14, 2022
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Jan 18, 2022
    91
    The album closes with a hushed but comparatively straightforward version of Eddie Heywood’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which was immortalized in the 1940s by Billie Holiday — completing yet another stellar addition to the Cat Power canon, which is formidable no matter whose songs she’s singing.
  2. Jan 12, 2022
    91
    Stellar. ... The album boasts Marshall’s usual selection of interesting and unexpected covers. This time around, she’s curated an intriguing and moody mix of modern pop, vintage country, and classic rock, highlighted by recognizable songs.
  3. Jan 13, 2022
    80
    ‘Covers’ feels refreshing and invigorated.
  4. 80
    Often, cover records are dismissed as simply a bit of fun or as an indulgent aside to an artists’ original output, but when Cat Power does it, it’s nothing less than soul-nourishing.
  5. Mojo
    Jan 7, 2022
    80
    This album again showcases Marshall's exceptional ability to burrow right into the marrow of a song. [Feb 2022, p.82]
  6. Uncut
    Jan 7, 2022
    80
    There is a dreamy, unconscious quality to the way Marshall inhabits a song. The covers sessions were big on spontaneity. [Feb 2022, p.22]
  7. Jan 7, 2022
    80
    Stylistically, Marshall’s “less is more” minimalism ensures Covers sounds remarkably cohesive, making it, as ever, a totally immersive listen.
  8. Jan 13, 2022
    77
    The widest ranging of any of her covers collections yet, Covers pushes beyond the habitual melancholy that has marked much of her work. In bold colors and vivid relief, it illustrates her talent for radical reinvention.
  9. Jan 21, 2022
    70
    As Marshall proves time and time again, you don’t need original compositions to express how you’re feeling; Covers exudes confidence and hints at a new-found peace. It’s a delightful listen.
  10. Jan 14, 2022
    70
    Covers is a treat for fans, and reaffirms that Marshall can find the Cat Power -- as well as new meanings -- in the music that moves her.
  11. Jan 13, 2022
    70
    While it doesn’t feature her own lyrics, the record still ambles through archetypal Cat Power moods—insouciance, worry, bliss—steering clear of the pulsating synths à la “Manhattan” and sticking with the stripped-back worry-pop of Wanderer.
  12. Jan 14, 2022
    60
    As ever with Marshall’s covers project, it’s a mixed bag, but there’s more than enough here to keep Cat Power fans satisfied until her next album of original material comes along.
  13. Jan 13, 2022
    60
    Overall Covers is a mixed bag containing strong song choices, but very few must-hear offerings from the artist who will always dig the crates for new covers to unearth.
  14. Jan 10, 2022
    60
    If Wanderer promised more bold artistic statements, Covers pivots on sorely needed understanding. That feeling is relayed in turn to the listener: hugs galore.
  15. Jan 7, 2022
    60
    Not so much fresh takes on old favourites, Covers is more like watered-down versions of semi-hidden gems.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 14, 2022
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Really nice work as always by Cat Power! She is thinking out of the box and she bravely cover songs no matter the genre. She doesn't loose herself at all! Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey's covers are the highlights for me. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2022
    8
    What a graceful song! The voice from Cat Power is a true blessing, and it gets me in touch with my sensation. I'm quite blown away.