Label: Matador - OLE-427-0 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue 120 gram • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Indie Rock
You Are Free arrives nearly five years from her last album of original material, and everything, yet nothing, has changed about Free - Cat Power - You Are Free Marshall 's music.
The album's title is as much a statement as it is a challenge, a command to free one's self from the hurt and pain of the past, or to at least find a way of making peace with it. Marshall seems to do both on You Are Freea collection of songs about finding freedom and peace wherever she can. You Are Free opens with a stunning trio of songs that encompass most of the moods and sounds she explores later in the album.
On "I Don't Blame You," the first of You Are Free 's many spare, piano-driven moments, Marshall paints a portrait of a tormented musician, her voice so full of sympathy that she may well be singing a reconciliation to a previous incarnation of herself. She addresses the struggle to do the right, but difficult, thing on "Good Woman," a near-spiritual breakup song where, backed by a children's choir and fiddles, Marshall explains that she needs to be a good woman with -- or more likely, without -- her bad man.
Aside from being a lovely song, it's also a departure; earlier in her career the song might have just focused on the conflict instead of Marshall 's gently strong resolution to it. This gentle but resolute strength runs through most of You Are Free 's best moments, such as "He War" and especially "Names," a terrifyingly matter-of-fact recollection of child abuse Avis Song - Avi Avital, Omer Avital - Avital Meets Avital lost friends that says more in its resigned sorrow than a histrionic tirade would.
As the album progresses, it moves toward the spare, affecting ballads that give her later work a strange timelessness; listening to You Are Free gives the impression of stripping away layers to get to the essence of Marshall 's music. In some ways, the quiet last half of this album is more demanding than the angsty noise of Dear Sir or Myra Leebut hearing her find continually creative interpretations of minor keys, plaintive pianos, and folky guitars is well worth the attention it takes, whether it's the dead-of-night Free - Cat Power - You Are Free of her cover of Michael Hurley's "Werewolf," the Version Nr.2 - Zion Steppers - Dread Inom Stockholm yet eerie longing of "Fool," or the prairie romance of "Half of You.
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