Album Review

Cat Power – “Dear Sir ” – [Plain Rcordings]

jordan   11/7/2006   12-inch, A Library

Cat Power – ???Dear Sir ??? – [Plain Recordings]

Raw lyrics and wailing vocals on Cat Power???s debut album Dear Sir leads one straight into the trap of sketching out feline comparisons. First released in 1995, the then twenty-three year-old Cat, whose real name is Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall, shows up like a stray on your porch, pacing nervously, hungry and desperate. She wants the bowl of milk, but she won???t let you touch her. Trust doesn???t come easy. She???s been through too much.

This is a re-release from 2001 on Plain Recordings.

Hailing from Georgia, Power???s lot changed when she met Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljan of Two Dollar Guitar in New York City, who both encouraged her to record. Shelly and Foljan each play on Dear Sir.

If you are more familiar with Power???s newer, slicker, melodic material, the wild wounded tunes of Dear Sir reveal the earlier days of the cast out singer-songwriter searching for a place to call home.


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