A 'Jukebox' full of favorites
Cat Power's new covers record includes tunes by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Cat Power herself. The mood is hushed, and elegiac.
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Chan Marshall's cover of "New York, New York" isn't the best Manhattan tribute to spill out of the indie scene in the past 12 months – that honor belongs to LCD Soundsystem, which penned the supremely odd "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." But it's certainly the loveliest. Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) drops the register, grinds the tempo down to a slippery vamp, and snarls out the famous couplet: "If I can make it there/ I'll make it anywhere." The rest of the album – comprised almost wholly of covers – follows suite. Joni Mitchell's "Blue" is awash in lazy reverb; "Woman Left Lonely" turns hushed. All in all, Marshall's most elegiac performance to date. Grade: B+ – Matthew Shaer