Thursday, June 23, 2011


Chan Marshall was 22 years old when she recorded this song, which was released in 1996 on the album Myra Lee. This is "Great Expectations". And you get the feeling that the narrator of the song doesn't have any.

Early Cat Power was not technically adept and the lyrics seemed so much gibberish if you read them closely. What Chan managed to do, however, was drag the darkness of the things that happened to her as a child out into the light and turn them over and over in front of us. Here you get the sense of a small child buffeted by forces too large for her to understand, in a song that is sad and alienated and intense and filled with angst...

Yes, I know I've featured this song before. It came up on my iPod and got replayed over and over again. What can I say.

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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