Review - The Covers Record

Artist: Cat Power


Indie-rock chanteuse Chan Marshall, who records under the name Cat Power, has sighed out a new CD. "The Covers Record" is so subdued and languishing, listening to it is like letting your mind wander while someone is talking to you under their breath. This is no exaggeration. Compared to Marshall, the Cowboy Junkies are upbeat revelers.

Accompanied by only her guitar or piano, Marshall takes songs by Moby Grape, the Velvet Underground, Nina Simone and others and wraps them around her finger like damp gauze. Her versions are full of gaps, undulating phrasings and little hurts, with the results being something like the shivering feeling you get when you lightly blow on a wound.

This is a mesmerizing record -- just see what she does with the Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- although it leaves behind two nagging questions. First, does playing something extremely slow automatically make it very meaningful? And second, do we really need another version of "Sea of Love," ever?


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.