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Cat Power has put out another album of covers, the second in her comparatively short recording career, said Josh Modell in Spin. Jukebox, the sequel to 2000

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Cat Power has put out another album of covers, the second in her comparatively short recording career, said Josh Modell in Spin. Jukebox, the sequel to 2000’s The Covers Record, never fully reveals the depth of the vocal range and personality of Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall. But her casual air and new self-confidence radiate throughout the album. Marshall “runs free with her favorite songs” by Hank Williams and Billie Holiday. “Unafraid to be unfaithful,” she makes the originals disappear so that they become her own. Only when attempting Bob Dylan’s “I Believe in You” does she stumble. Marshall is no Dylan, but her approach to covers is certainly Dylanesque, said Melissa Maerz in Rolling Stone. She personalizes material from other artists with “a confident swagger, as if she’s breaking in a new pair of fancy red shoes.” Older, wiser, and supposedly sober, Marshall is coming into her own, said Sasha Frere-Jones in The New Yorker. She replaces Frank Sinatra’s braggadocio on “New York, New York” with a “sure-footed sense of delight.” She lets herself wallow in her heartbreak on James Brown’s “Lost Someone.” She could never have “conquered a song this blunt or desperate in her youth,” but Marshall is on her way to becoming a grown-up.

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