I'm cutting some corners for this week's YouTube clip. Full disclosure, this clip is my own. Not how I usually handle things here, but this will save you from yet another post from me this week as I also review Sunday's Cat Power show at the 9:30 Club.
I like Cat Power alright. She's got good pipes, and I'm a sucker for a pretty lady who sings, has a brain, and is a bit nutty. We caught a glimpse of Chan Marshall at Pitchfork in 2007. But just a glimpse. Sunday night, I caught more than a glimpse, but was still left wanting more.
Just trying to capture a bit of video of her was a chore. It was like she was running from the sights of a rifleman - from one corner of darkness to another. I know she has a reputation for being a bit of a head case in her live performances. But she ran from one side of the stage to the other, avoiding the wide open middle, as if a bird of prey were circling above.
At Pitchfork, she kept apologizing for her voice (which was good then as it was Sunday night). No apologies this time around, though I was sorry that we heard a lot of the same sound from her. Bluesy bluesy bluesy, yes. Nice work, but you are not going to hold my attention forever with the same formula of three/four dudes laying down the rhythm while you sputter out the same ol' blues. "Fortunate Son," her CCR cover (found on her 2008 EP, Dark End of the Street), followed a similarly slow and methodical delivery that nearly took all the life out of the song.
By the end of the show, I was relieved that there was no encore. I enjoyed my night, but I really had my fill. I think I prefer Cat Power in the car, or in my home, or somewhere comfortable with access to food and drink.