Bands To Watch #87: Cat Power

By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 12:00 pm

l_638e725d250c4f81b9762eeda84fee1eCat Power has recently been grabbing a lot of attention and boy does she deserve it.  She’s been around long enough (since 1998) but it seems now, she is bigger than ever. Her career has seen her work with the likes of Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder while her vast back catalogue of sustained melodic and gentle ballads is mind boggling.

A lot of people seem to find Cat Power’s material too slow, but give it the time it needs, and the songs grow on you so that before you know it, you’re a fan for life. To me it seems that her music is stripped down to just the essentials. There’s no nonsense – just breathtaking vocals, a lot of emotion, graceful guitars and  peaceful pianos.

Cat Power’s range of material is massive and over the years, she has created quite a few hits to shout about.  “The Greatest” is the song that displays her sheer talent clearly. While the acoustic guitar gives off some complicated melodies, it’s the vocals that set the track alight with strong similarities to Adele.  “Sea Of Love” appears to be the fans favourite and you can see why. Much of the same amazing singing is made to look easy while a soft piano adds an elegant tone.

Cat Power is one of the greatest artists to discover. If you just appreciate a melodic tune and stunning singing that’s not over complicated then Cat Power is for you. If you like one track, you’re likely to like all of her collection and six or so albums should keep you busy for the time being.

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2 Responses

11:42 pm
26th February 2009

First of all, cat power’s been around since 1992. And second of all, you should be saying Adele sounds like cat power, not the other way around. If you’re going to insist on making a blog, at least get your facts right

2:32 pm
21st May 2009

Cat Power is amazing either way but i don’t think there is any reason to put big ginger nonse Adele in the same sentence as a musical legend. It’s really offending. she reminds me of Johnny Cash – not the voice but she covers all genres of folk (Rock/Blues/Country) I just wish she was touring in the UK sometime soon…Devastated. My favourite’s (i can’t choose) are “How can i tell you, Ice Water & Naked if i wanted to”. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!

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