What Would The Community Think is the third album from Cat Power and her first for Matador records. It was produced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and is seen as perhaps her most angry and cathartic record. It takes the whispery folk of her earlier Myra Lee and Dear Sir but introduces bolder alternate rock and blues textures with eruptions of noise and anger. It was another fascinating stop on her ever evolving musical journey.
Vinyl LP £15.75 OLE2020
180g reissue with download code on Matador.
- Includes download code
CD £6.99 OLE202-2
CD on Matador.
CD £6.49 OLE202-2
USED Digipak CD on Matador, EX+/EX+.
9/10 Jack 11th February 2015
Of course all albums worth reviewing are five stars, and every "best of" is so personal as to be meaningless. Cat Power is so insular as to be beyond review. You either feel her pain, or you don't. If you have ever seen Cat Power live, you have been treated to either the most moving or most embarrasing performance of your life-- sometimes both in the same night. Much the same with this album. This is Chan at her most raw, most intimate, most compelling and most distancing. It is almost funny to watch the progression of her career, to see her perform with "famous musicians" and to see her on Letterman. She is ultimately an outsider artist, creating something not quite "art" but rather a daguerrotype of her soul.
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