Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Greatest

Well, it appears things have improved with the ol' laptop and today's post can continue. Last week, Sherman finally got a copy of the new Cat Power disc. Yes, you can hear it on MySpace, but that's not the way to hear it. You need to spend time with it and be able to explore it. The Greatest is just that. It is the finest work from Chan Marshall to date. She is known for her on stage antics and bizarre behavior even more than for her talent as a singer. Hopefully, this album will change that. I dream of a Cat Power show that will truly do justice to the music she has created on this release. Marshall is joined by some of the most well known Memphis session musicians around (dubbed the Memphis Rhythm Band). Together they have produced something that not only highlights Marshall's fragility, but proves this artist has soul. The music is reminiscent of the 70's sound that came from the very studio in which this CD was recorded, the famed Ardent Studios. All songs are written by Marshall and pay tribute to the music she grew up listening to. The CD opens with the title track and literally grabbed me from the first strike of the piano keys (piano and guitar provided by Marshall). "Where is My Love" is the song that put this disc on repeat for me. It's purity, simplicity and near tragic delivery move you to a time when you only imagined what it would be like to be in love. You can feel the hope and the longing. This will be a classic that I will go back to for some time to come. Cat Power has grown up and that equates to a new found maturity in her song writing and vocal prowess. Let's see what happens when she comes to town next month. That will be the true test in her development as an artist.

Sherman got a bit of a sneak peak of the forthcoming Concretes release In Colour today. Absolutely fantastic! Due out in the UK on March 6th, with the single,
"Chosen One" to hit the week prior, this record is superb! There is no confirmed US release date, but let's hope this one drops here before spring ends. We need good Swedish pop to play super loudly with our car windows rolled down and all our friends singing in the backseat! The release contains hit after hit. There isn't a miss in the lot. Under the watchful eye of famed producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley), the follow-up the their 2004 debut is pure pop bliss! They will be touring the UK in February showcasing the new record. No firm US tour dates as of today.

Speaking of great Swedish pop, today's Guilty Pleasure is just that. "Hooked on a Feeling" is that song that you just can't get out of your head. I know, I know, that song was by BJ Thomas and he's not Swedish. Blue Swede recorded this cover in 1974, five years after Thomas and had themselves a #1 hit! They did the same with the Association's "Never My Love". Little known fact...the band's original name was Blabus which is the Swedish word for "blue denim shirt". All I can say is "ouga chaka ouga chaka"!

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YIPPIE!!! NEW CONCRETES!! I've never been a fan of Cat Power--could this be the album that turns the tide?

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