Tunesday: The Best of Cat Power

Collage of Cat Power album covers 1-8 and 10 made with feh from wikipedia images.

  1. Rockets” 4:43
  2. Still in Love” 3:29
  3. We All Die” 5:01
  4. Taking People” 3:25
  5. Nude As the News” 4:23
  6. Metal Heart” 4:02
  7. Cross Bones Style” 4:32
  8. Naked, If I Want To” 2:47
  9. Free” 3:34
  10. Speak for Me” 3:04
  11. He War” 3:31
  12. Living Proof” 3:11
  13. Lived in Bars” 3:44
  14. Could We” 2:21
  15. The Moon” 3:45
  16. Ramblin’ (Wo)man” 3:47
  17. Aretha, Sing One for Me” 3:12
  18. You Get” 3:44
  19. Black” 3:57
  20. Woman” 4:51

Total time: 75:03

#1 originally from Dear Sir (1995), #2-3 from Myra Lee (1996), #4-5 from What Would the Community Think (1996), #6-7 from Moon Pix (1998), #8 from The Covers Record (2000), #9-11 from You Are Free (2003), #12-15 from The Greatest (2006), #16-17 from Jukebox (2008), #18-20 from Wanderer (2018).

All songs written by Chan Marshall except #2 (Hank Williams), #8 (Jerry A. Miller Jr., originally recorded by Moby Grape), #16 (Hank Williams), #17 (J. Harris, Eugene William, originally recorded by George Jackson).


“Cat Power: A Retrospective” might be a more accurate title. A strictly commercial selection would be mechanical and obvious but a strictly personal one would be too idiosyncratic and unrepresentative despite significant overlap. I tried to strike a middle ground and tried to get at least most of what most people might expect. All her albums are represented except Sun (2012). While the songs appear in their albums’ order, a couple are shuffled within their albums for pace. If you like anything you hear, support the artist!

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