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Sun by Cat Power
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Matador
A spacey trip of layered electronic fuzz and icy synths, Sun makes a sharp left turn from the elegant trajectory of Cat Power's catalog. But despite the fact that tunes like "Ruin" (an electro-infused Montuno number) and the title track (which opens with laser-lit mega-club synths) are odd ducks alongside the earthy tunes of her past, Marshall's dusky voice -- passionate, alert, sometimes utterly joyful -- is as emotionally powerful as ever. A Radiohead futurism makes "Manhattan" a highlight, but the 10-minute "Nothin But Time" -- dressed in square-wave synths and sitar -- is an epic triumph.
Nate Cavalieri

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