Cat Power – 'Sun'
By Sharon O’Connell
Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power)’s transformation from troubled and chronically shy, leftfield pop pin-up will disappoint some. But she owes those hooked on the myth of the tortured artist nothing and, six years after her last set of originals, has decided to let the sun shine in. ‘Silent Machine’ is a startling take on her beloved grubby blues, but also here are elegantly scuffed pop songs like the piano-hammered ‘Ruin’ and ‘3.6.9’, while on ‘Manhattan’ she’s channelling The Boss. Lustrous, energised and full of hope – the sun suits her well.