Cat Power - Sun
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2012 Ratings: #91 / 946
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2012 Ratings: #141
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

Even peering through the gauze of the back-story, Cat Power’s ninth album is a feat of musical and emotional maturity.

90
Consequence of Sound

Transformed in both sound and spirit, Sun is a passionate pop album of electronic music filtered through a singer-songwriter’s soul.

85
The 405

On this album she shows herself as a true visionary, willing to develop and adapt.

80
musicOMH

Sun is an album that conveys the full spectrum of emotions, but at the same time it manages to never sound convoluted or patched together. 

80
Paste

There’s something about the flaws on this thing—the way Marshall lets it all hang loose, the way she continually tries to express a sentiment she can’t quite put into words—that’s absolutely fascinating in its humanity and compassion.

79
Pitchfork

Sun doesn't reach the heights ... of Moon Pix, but more than anything else she's made, it feels like a companion piece to that record, a conversation with an older and wiser voice. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Marshall’s transformation has made her songwriting slightly less powerful but it has also added a new element to an already multi-faceted personality.

75
A.V. Club

Sun isn’t the greatest collection of songs she’s ever released ... but even her B-game is always worth hearing. 

70
No Ripcord

Sun is undoubtedly Marshall’s boldest and most diverse effort to date, and it is all the better for it. 

60
PopMatters

She ain’t got nothing but time, after all, and she takes it with Sun, which—even with its missteps—is her most patient and generous record to date.

60
Under The Radar

Lacking that up-close-and-personal aesthetic, Sun isn't likely to land among the singer/songwriter's best records.

holsgr
65
☆☆☆ ~ Decent and quite original work in which coexist a latent creativity of interesting but inconclusive ideas with some subtle irregular and boring passages.
WildChameleon
85
6 years ago, I found Sun good but not astonishing compare to her other LP. Honestly, I was even more reluctant to electro or pop direction than now. After 6 years, I educate my ears and while I'll not be the best fan of these genres, many LP attract me.
So, what's new with Sun and I a 70 to a 85.

Cat Power managed to craft really fine pop tracks such as Ruin, Cherokee, Human Being or Manhattan. The other tracks complete really well this core (despite some weakness here and there). But the ... read more
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
muzykalny
NR
true girl. great man.
lerkenfeldt
83
Its a personal, honest and an absolute joy of a listen. Pop music, but with a debt, range and execution rarely seen these days, in any genre. Up there with the best Marshall has ever made, and that says something.

Favorite moments: Cherokee, Ruin, Manhatten.
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Track List

  1. Cherokee 
  2. Sun 
  3. Ruin 
  4. 3,6,9 
  5. Always on My Own 
  6. Real Life 
  7. Human Being 
  8. Manhattan 
  9. Silent Machine 
  10. Nothin But Time 
  11. Peace and Love
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