October 17, 2012

Cat Power: Sun [Deluxe]

I didn't know anything about Cat Power in 2009 when I picked up her album The Greatest for Record Store Day.  Drenched in Memphis thickness but falling a bit short of its potential, it was one of my favorite records of the year.  When Spoonful Records posted on Facebook he had a new Cat Power album in- a deluxe version, without hesitation I headed over for a copy.  I've read all her albums are different directions, so I knew it would be a departure from The Greatest, but I wasn't expecting this. Chan plays everything here and creates a wonderfully atmospheric and spacious album with a heavy ode to social consciousness and Self. It's just beautiful.

The deluxe pressing is in a black jacket (not a gatefold), with gold foil lettering. The inner sleeves are also black, heavy stock with foil embellishments, only the lyrics side of one sleeve is print instead of foil.  The records are clear vinyl with color labels from the standard edition. An additional 7" with bonus tracks is also clear, and comes in a white paper sleeve inside a gold foiled hard cover. A gatefold cover would have been the cherry on top, but it's all exceptionally nice as is. The included download also includes the 2 bonus tracks.

The standard LP is double black vinyl with a blue rainbow portrait of Chan, no bonus 7" included.

Cat Power online.
Cat Power on facebook.
Sun at metacritic.

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