SunAlbum | Cat Power By Chris Payne
Chan's still got soul.
Sun is Chan Marshall's (aka Cat Power's) first new album since 2008's Jukebox, and her first album of predominantly original new material since 2006's The Greatest. Marshall's ninth studio album (and seventh for Matador) comes on the heels of a five-year relationship with actor Giovanni Ribisi, during which the often nomadic singer took up domestic life and helped raise Ribisi's teenaged daughter (whom the 11-minute Iggy Pop collab "Nothin' But Time" is dedicated to). Ribisi left Marshall to marry model Agyness Deyn, though Sun isn't a breakup album, at least not in an obvious way. It is, for sure, a change of pace from the leisurely, summertime soul of her previous 2000s offerings. The self-produced Sun carries the sleek, almost metallic sheen of a rock record (see "Real Life") while delving into electronics more than any of Marshall's previous efforts. Though it's certainly a change of pace, the album's most succinct tracks, "3, 6, 9" and closer "Peace and Love" still channel the more soulful Cat Power of years past.