Sun marks the first album of non-covers in six years from Chan Marshall, who as Cat Power has made a name for herself—not only for her own dark and breathy songs, but her make-them-her-own interpretations of others. She's the singer responsible for the overused descriptor "hauntingly beautiful." The mythology of Cat Power is bigger than her body of work, but as Marshall enters her 40s she seems to be more self-aware than ever. Less brooding, too—Sun might be the least melancholy album of her career. Marshall still gives you plenty to think about, but it's less a peek into her journal than it is reading the morning news together. We'll call it cautiously beautiful. MARK LORE Also see My, What a Busy Week!
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