The Greatest (Cat Power album)

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The Greatest
Studio album by Cat Power
Released January 20, 2006
Recorded May 2005, Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Jazz fusion, Indie rock, folk rock
Length 44:34
Label Matador
Producer Stuart Sikes
Cat Power chronology
You Are Free
(2003)
The Greatest
(2006)
Jukebox
(2008)

The Greatest is the seventh studio album by indie rock artist Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power. It debuted at #34 on the Billboard 200, her highest charting album at the time. The Memphis Rhythm Band includes Teenie Hodges, Steve Potts, Dave Smith, Rick Steff, Doug Easley, Jim Spake, Scott Thompson and Susan Marshall. String arrangements were contributed by Harlan T. Bobo and Jonathan Kirkscey.

The Greatest won the 2006 Shortlist Music Prize, making Marshall the first woman to win the honor. It was also named the number 6 best album of 2006 by Rolling Stone Magazine.[1]

The title track was featured in the Bones episode The Titan on the Tracks.[2] It was also used in the UK for Garnier hair products advertisements. The song was featured in the film and in the trailers for Wong Kar-Wai's debut English production, My Blueberry Nights. In 2009 the song was featured in the movies Mammoth by Lukas Moodysson and Ricky by Francois Ozon.

In 2008, the song "Hate" was featured in the second episode of the second season of the teen UK drama Skins.

In 2013, the title track was featured in Season 4, Episode 13 of Covert Affairs.

All tracks on the album were written by Marshall, making it her first album not to include any cover songs.

Critical Acclaim[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[4]
E! Online (B)[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[7]
PopMatters (6/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin (A)[10]
Stylus A−[11]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[12]

Rhapsody ranked the album #6 on its "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[13] "The mercurial Chan Marshall returned to her Southern roots and recorded this blissful album in Memphis. The Greatest glows with a new ease, and the music itself -- which features many of the greatest soul musicians in history -- is sunny and open. There's a sense of joy coming through here that you'll want to share with friends."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chan Marshall.

No. Title Length
1. "The Greatest"   3:22
2. "Living Proof"   3:11
3. "Lived in Bars"   3:44
4. "Could We"   2:21
5. "Empty Shell"   3:04
6. "Willie"   5:57
7. "Where Is My Love"   2:53
8. "The Moon"   3:45
9. "Islands"   1:44
10. "After It All"   3:31
11. "Hate"   3:38
12. "Love & Communication"   4:34

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

The album debuted at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 23,000 copies in its first week.[14]

Chart Peak position
Australia Album Chart 25
Belgium Album Chart 25
France Album Chart 20
Ireland Album Chart 44
Italy Album Chart 37
Norway Album Chart 35
Swiss Album Chart 57
Sweden Album Chart 50
UK Album Chart 45
U.S. Billboard 200 34
U.S. Top Independent Albums 1

Personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Top 50 Albums of 2006 : Rolling Stone
  2. ^ Bones Season 2 Music
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Blender review
  5. ^ E! Online review at the Wayback Machine (archived April 20, 2006)
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Spin review
  11. ^ Stylus review
  12. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  13. ^ "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  14. ^ Katie Hasty, "'Juno' Unseats Keys From Atop Album Chart", Billboard.com, January 30, 2008.