Cat Power continues to swing for the heights
previously attained by 2006’s “The Greatest.”
“Sun” continues that trek, and while it doesn’t
quite reach the summit, the album is a worthwhile
journey of its own. Power’s voice is as sultry
and evocative as ever, but with “Sun” the instrumentals
are put on display in a more conspicuous way
than her previous efforts. Tracks like “Manhattan,”
“3,6,9” and — perhaps most notably — the title
track are examples of Power stretching her legs
a bit and exploring just what kind of emotion
she can convey through instrumentation. As Power’s
confidence as a performer grows, so too does
her willingness to explore the limits of her
own capabilities. “Sun” may not be Power’s best
album, but it’s certainly her most complete.
‘Everyone’s Got Something Good to Say’
Viva Montesa are excellent purveyors of good,
loud, jangling rock. The pseudonymous Schwick
Boys will draw obvious comparisons to other
rock duos and will actually compare rather nicely.
They’re bluesier than, say, the White Stripes,
but they share that band’s penchant for fuzzy
amps cranked to 11. With their first full-length
studio effort, the major concern was whether
Viva Montesa could capture the Sturm und Drang
of their live shows. Thankfully, the only thing
missing from the experience is a shot of Jack.
The duo is at their loud, unbridled best on
tracks like “Hey Lady” and “Gimme Moe,” and
they channel their inner Johnny Rivers on “The
Green Bullet.” There really isn’t a misfire
anywhere on the album. CV
Viva Montesa’s CD release party is Saturday,
Sept. 8 at Wooly’s. $5 cover, Austin Taft Soundtrack
and Resurrection Mary also play.
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