Though seemingly teetering on the edge of manic, Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) skipped the breakdowns, only played one song with her back to the audience, and took no 20-minute breaks during her set. Fans were chanting, "we love you baby, you can do it," throughout. Supporting a new album, Sun, and rocking a rad new suicide-blonde mohawk, she seemed precariously strong Saturday night.
"I never ask for help,"she grinned, trying to untangle her headphones in the middle of the set, "and that's the fucking truth."
Opening with a dark version of "The Greatest," Marshall mainly stuck to songs from Sun. With its mix of electronic beats and lighter-than-usual lyrics, Sun is a raucous call for an evolution of her iconic sound. Lyrically though, she falls short in a few of the nascent melodies. Repeated mantras such as "I want to live my way of living" from "Always On My Own" seem to be the product of an artistic crutch rather than convey raw and complex emotions, paling in comparison to her older works.
Bellowed live, however--and sprinkled with favorites from her catalog-- Sun came into focus. Even non-believers like myself were won over by the performance, particularly the way Marshal simultaneously cooed and cried out from the lower end of her husky voice in the way that only she can.