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Album Review

Cat Power's first full-length album, Dear Sir, spotlights Chan Marshall's demanding but rewarding songwriting. Her distinctive blend of blues, country, folk and punk creates songs like the dark, noisy "Itchyhead" and "Rockets," which mixes tension and hope, and tops it with Marshall's earnest, expressive vocals. Though the album needs the listener's complete attention, Dear Sir more than keeps it with nine of Marshall's searching meditations on life.

Customer Reviews


The tracklisting on this album is all messed up. Not only does it erroneously list it as a "Cat Power & Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth" album when it is simply a Cat Power album, iTunes also makes several mistakes in the track names. Track 7 should be titled "No Matter", not "(Untitled)", track 8 should be titled "Headlights", not "No Matter", and track 9 should be titled "Runt 6", not "Headlines".

Dear Sir

Grungy and lo-fi, one of my favourite of Cat Power's earlier albums next to What Would the Community Think. Try out Rockets, it's probably the most immediate song here. If you like it, you may very well like the rest.

Also, ignore the previous review; the song titles are correct. It seems the reviewer spent too much time looking at the CD, which doesn't list Track 7 (it's a short instrumental) and Runt 6 is the catalogue number of the CD (when it was released on Runt Records).


Born: 21 January 1972 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Penning songs that are offbeat in narrative, but literate and emotionally revealing, and performing them in a soulful, idiosyncratic style that reveals both strength and fragility, Cat Power was one of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters to emerge from the 1990s indie rock scene, a one of a kind artist unafraid to reveal her inner self in her music and follow her muse in a variety of different directions. Cat Power is the stage name of Chan (pronounced "Shawn") Marshall, born Charlyn Marie Marshall...
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