You Are Free is the sixth studio album by Cat Power, the stage name and eponymous band of American singer-songwriter Chan Marshall. It was released in 2003 on Matador Records. The album features guest appearances by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three. You Are Free was recorded over the course of a year, the longest Marshall had spent recording an album at that point. Marshall and engineer Adam Kasper recorded about 40 songs during these sessions.
Other than vinyl weight, the differences between the 150g original press (2003) and the 180g reissue (2007) are subtle. However, it is possible to tell them apart. The gatefold sleeve of the original press is a matte finish card stock, whereas the reissue is slightly glossy.
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The Cat Power we’ve come to know, love, and predict finally delivers her glistening treble rasp on Good Woman, a devastating ballad backed by a compressed chorus of pre-teen echoes, and the record’s major selling point, Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis. Sans a handful of lesser inclusions and tributes, the imaginary, shorter version of You Are Free is flawless. You Are Free is not a perfect record, but it contains one, detailing the sound of American regret in a singular voice, scrutinized only because of its owner. This essay was gifted to Pitchforkmedia.
Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall (/ʃɑːn/ SHAHN; born January 21, 1972), better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Born in Atlanta, Marshall was raised throughout the southern United States, and began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s
Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has become her moniker as a solo artist. Marshall was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think .
You Are Free Album Cover Art. Cat Power. Cover Art. Tracklist. CD 1. 1 I Don’t Blame You. length: 3:08 lead vocals: Chan Marshall. length: 3:37 lead vocals: Chan Marshall.
Implicit in every Cat Power album is the promise of power and reckoning - personal or otherwise. She makes music for people who have lived life, who are worn down, or for those who keep grasping at something that is forever just out of reach - in other words, pretty much all of us. In an interview around the release of Sun, her last album before today’s Wanderer, Marshall described a tumultuous period in her life. Werewolf, one of many standouts, is lush, orchestral, and subdued.
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|A1||I Don't Blame You||3:01|
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David CampbellViolin – Warren EllisVocals – E.V.*, Emma , Maggie
|A4||Speak For Me
Drums, Bass – D.G.*
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David CampbellWritten-By – Michael Hurley
Drums – D.G.*, T.H.
Drums – D.G.*
|B5||Half Of You||2:38|
|B6||Keep On Runnin' (Crawlin' Black Spider)
Written-By – John Lee Hooker
Vocals – E.V.*
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Matador Records
- Copyright (c) – Matador Records
- Published By – Dreading Futures
- Published By – Doorman Music
- Published By – Snocko Music
- Published By – King Of Boogie
- Mastered At – RFI Mastering
- Mastered At – Nashville Record Productions
- Pressed By – United Record Pressing
- Mastered By – Rick Fisher
- Mastered By [Vinyl] – WG*
- Photography By – Mark Borthwick
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Adam Kasper
- Songwriter – Chan Marshall (tracks: A1 to A4, A6 to B5, B7)
NotesGatefold sleeve. Includes a fold-out insert with lyrics and credits.
Includes free download of the album.
120 gram reissue
℗&© 2003 Matador Records
All songs [...] published by Dreading Futures/Doorman Music, BMI, except "Werewolf" [...] published by Snocko Music, BMI; "Keep on Runnin'" ("Crawlin' Black Spider") [...] published by King of Boogie, BMI.
Mastered [...] at RFI/CD Mastering, Seattle, WA
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Sticker): 744861042709
- Matrix / Runout (Side A etched runout): L-211 85M-A OLE-427-0 WG/NRP ⓤ
- Matrix / Runout (Side B etched runout): L-211 85M-B OLE-427 WG/NRP ⓤ
- Rights Society: BMI
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