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Cat Power


Tenth full-length release by Atlanta-born indie singer-songwriter Cat Power (Chan Marshall) produced entirely by herself and featuring an appearance by Lana del Rey

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    As tender as it is uncompromising, Wanderer is exactly the album Marshall needed to make at this point in her career and life. It's some of her most essential music, in both senses of the word
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  2. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Cat Power has stumbled at times during her lengthy and storied career, but on Wanderer, she gracefully lands on all four feet
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is simply another great Cat Power record
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    Sparse guitar and piano arrangements make for an unadorned setting for the artist’s warm, languid voice
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Wanderer feels at once like a homecoming and yet also a fresh start
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    After her record label rejected her album, singer-songwriter Chan Marshall found a new home for her singular sound
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    An essential compass for finding your way through the dark
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Six years after the release of her last LP 'Sun', which saw her veer from soul into electronic territory, her 10th album demonstrates both a newfound sense of calm, and strength
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Haunted, stark, and impossibly beautiful songwriting from Chan Marshall
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  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Chan Marshall’s tenth album is a haunting thing of great beauty
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    The swagger of Marshall's lyrics indicate a musician luxuriating in her maturity. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The set has both strength and a lean, lustrous beauty. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's no danger of Wanderer outstaying its welcome, but while it's a brilliant return, it wouldn't be quite right too claim it as a triumph. Not because of the quality of these songs but because Wanderer is a record that know the cost of living and the price of losing all too well. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   NME

    On her bluesy 10th album as Cat Power, Chan Marshall honours herself and her own creativity
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  15. 8.0 |   Crack

    Cat Power’s tenth album maintains Chan Marshall’s status as a stateswoman of great American songwriting
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  16. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Most of all though, Wanderer is an album about developing your own identity in an ever-changing, often troubling world. Arguably more than ever before, Cat Power has achieved that goal here
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  17. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Chan Marshall possesses the authority of a seasoned blueswoman on her excellent new LP
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  18. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    A record with gentleness and vulnerability in abundance, but it's carefully crafted
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  19. 7.4 |   Gig Soup

    ‘Wanderer’ is not Cat Power‘s masterpiece, but it cements her status as one of the great singer-songwriters of our time
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  20. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    On her first album in six years, Chan Marshall roams the many moods of her songwriting with a careful, soft-spoken power
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Cat Power's ability to centralize her self-worth and artistic integrity imbues Wanderer with a sanguine and empowering assurance
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  22. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Time and again, Marshall has been reductively pegged as a gloomy singer-songwriter struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. But while her vulnerability here lends itself to melancholy, it’s also triumphant and resolute
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  23. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Chan Marshall, singer, songwriter, producer, comes back and kicks off (quietly)
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  24. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Even if the territory is somewhat familiar, she’s never made an album quite like this before
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  25. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Artists like Cat Power have all been wanderers at some point, but she is the one in control here
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  26. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    How much you’ll learn about her wandering journey is unclear, but Marshall’s deeply introspective approach is worth spending time with to unravel the artist’s dense wandering spirit
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  27. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    After a six-year absence, Cat Power wanders back into our lives with a simple, solid release
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  28. 7.0 |   The 405

    Cat Power has a veritable walk-in closet of skeletons to draw on. But along with heavy-hitting content and fine penmanship, it’s the deft touch with which Chan Marshal curates the songs that really elevates Wanderer
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  29. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Marshall sounds as though she has finally arrived at a comfortable place
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  30. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Here, a self-assured Cat Power has finally reached her destination
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  31. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Wanderer may occasionally feel a little too thin, melodically, but it continues to reaffirm that no one quite writes songs of experience like Chan Marshall
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  32. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Some of Wanderer is, frankly, quite dull, even if her irresolute darkness can still engulf your senses upon closer inspection
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  33. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Wanderer isn’t lost, exactly, but could use more concrete emotional landmarks to keep it on a focused path
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  34. 5.0 |   The Music

    The fact that nothing here will grab you even after repeated listens means that the lengthy, meditative nature of these sadcore tunes does little to justify their own inaccessibility
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