CAT POWER AT WEBSTER HALL

Last Thursday, Chan Marshall gave herself away to a silent crowd at Webster Hall. The Atlanta-born singer songwriter, who has been active since 1992, still has the ability to capture her audience and make them crave her even more — as she proved when she performed to a sold-out room of all ages. She sang songs from her Covers Record, You Are Free, and her most recent release, The Greatest. Backed by four outstanding male musicians — including an extremely attentive yet quiet drummer — Chan played for an hour before her first encore. She covered I Wanna Be Your Dog by Iggy Pop and These Days by Nico. At the end of her set, she asked that the house lights be brought up so eveyone in the crowd could see one another. “There’s a lot of shame in this” she whispered into the microphone, referring to the dynamic levels of her vocals.

Cat Power exudes sweet sex. It is charming and emotive music, that makes love to your veins. Chan Marshall, agressive in her motion, yet graceful and delicate in her sound, carries the room. Her ability to still haunt crowds with her smoke filled silken voice proves she will be around for a while. Cat Power is still doing it, and doing it well. -Text by Sarah Frances Cagianese

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