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Dear Sir

Cat Power

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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

Good Debut

Dear Sir is the debut of the amazing Cat Power, and its a solid good effort. Her voice is fresh and beautiful. Her lyrics here are more light, but still beautiful in simplicity and metaphors. The music is more sparse and scratchy in style. All tracks are solid, but the highlights are 3 tImes, Rockets (best track, must have), Itchyhead, The Sleepwalker and Mr. Gallo. Must have for Cat Power fans, said tracks are great for casual listeners. Rockets is the best song, its extremly addictive, with cute and light lyracism.

A Cat Power Fan..

...loves this album. I own all of Chan's material and this album is in the top 3. A listen to the track "Rockets" and all is clear.

Think of The Greatest in terms of her earlier efforts.

I own, practically, all of her older albums. Her new stuff is very good, but there's just a certain quality to her albums such as Moon Pix and this that I love. I also own What Would The Community Think, however with that album, I grew tired. Moon Pix I still love and adore. This is basically 'The Greatest' put into terms of her earlier efforts. There is a band, and although some songs do not showcase this, others DO. Her instrumental reminds me of something reminiscent of Sonic Youth (infact, alot of this does, just a bit more somber and dark) that makes you want to get up in your room and dance. Headlights, Itchyhead, Rockets, and Mr. Gallo are probably the best song efforts on here, and they all include a band. Personally, if I had to choose The Greatest or this, I would choose Dear Sir. Although I don't own The Greatest, I have many downloads, and a few of my friends own it. Depending on which sound you like better -the crunchy, dreary, darker expressive Chan or the jazzed up, sparkling, lighter expressive Chan, you can make the decision. However, this album along with The Greatest comes the closest with the whole band sound. And if you just like to hear Chan rock out, this one is DEFINITELY a choice.


Born: January 21, 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...
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