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Chan Marshall’s new album is Sun. Not familiar with the name? You might know her better as Cat Power.
Stefano Giovannini

Cat Power shows major growth on her new album, Sun.

It’s been six years since Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) produced any original material, but the wait has been worth it. From her first album, Dear Sir (1995), to her critically acclaimed albums You Are Free (2003) and The Greatest (2006), Marshall has matured from the angst-driven youth of her early career to a musician who’s confident and ready for a challenge. Her new album, Sun (Matador, $18), which she wrote, played, recorded and produced on her own, is the result. “I wanted Sun to be far more complex than anything I’d done,” Marshall says. “This is the first time I’ve ever enjoyed the recording process.” To celebrate her latest release, we asked Marshall to tell us which songs, in her opinion, stand out from her career.

“Cross Bones Style”
Moon Pix (1998)
“I had just returned from a month-long trip traveling alone in Southeast Africa, and this song was what I brought home with me.”
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Cat Power’s album You Are Free (2003)

“Metal Heart”
Moon Pix (1998)
“I was having hard struggles and didn’t know what to do or where to turn, and writing this song helped me get through a very, very dark night.”

“I Don’t Blame You” 
You Are Free (2003)
“This was the last thing I wrote during a visit to the Isle of Capri, drunk on red wine, crying, wishing someone hadn’t taken their life.”

“Good Woman”
You Are Free (2003)
“I deeply loved someone for six years, and the love was unrequited — and this song helped me let him go. I wrote it in a youth hostel in Byron Bay, Australia.”

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Lyrically Speaking

“Where the Stars Don’t Shine,”
Turbo Fruits

“You know of a secret place
Where the stars don’t shine
Can you tell by the look on my face
I want to go this time”

(Serpents and Snakes, $14)