Cat Power- "Ruin" (MP3)


Sound it Out # 29: Cat Power - "Ruin"

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) has finished her first album of new material since 2006’s The Greatest. It’s called SUN and it’s out on September 4. Chan played every bit of music on the record, and it comes on the heels of what sounds like a brutal breakup with Giovanni Ribisi. We'll have to wait and see how much of that pain ends up on display in the rest of the songs. The first single is called "Ruin" and you can grab it below. It's perky by Cat Power standards, with a nifty keyboard bit that complements Chan’s haunting voice. Her signature fierceness is there, and the song rocks. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.




  1. Saw her a few years back and it was genuinely the oddest show I’ve ever been to.  She took her cordless less mic and wandered through the crowd, caressing people’s faces as she worked her way back behind the stage and sang easily three quarters of the show out of sight, only coming out for a bit of piano-ing here and there. Beautiful, pained, smoky voice. Loved it. 

      1. Chan’s first words upon meeting Bob Dylan face-to-face?
        “I love you”. Which is quite fearless and very cool, IMO.

  2. I’ll be there on day 1.  The Greatest is one of my most-played records of the decade and I really like this song.  Please Chan, don’t pull a Liz Phair on us.

  3. Fantastic song, but did anyone else think, “is this a Chocolate Rain cover?”, during the first 20 seconds or so?

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