The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - 7
CAT POWER SCRATCHES OUT ANOTHER CLASSIC
You ARE F REE
By Sean Dailey
Daily Arts Writer
Chan Marshall, the face behind
Cat Power, will most likely continue
to be ignored by mainstream listen-
ers. She's that good.
Let them have their Vanessa Carlton
and their Norah Jones - we've got
Cat Power. Marshall's first release of
original material since 1998, You Are
Free, showcases her immense talent as
a songwriter and everything that is
still true and good about music today.
Varying from slow, piano-only
somberness to mid-tempo guitar
songs, each track on You Are Free is
beautifully crafted and wrought
with sorrow and melancholy. Her
voice is sweet and gentle at times
while still carrying an underlying
roughness that adds genuine con-
viction to her stories.
Marshall's influences are clearly
rooted in American folk and blues,
yet she brings her own perspective to
the table, creating a new but familiar
sound. Standout tracks include the
opener "I Don't Blame You," "Good
Woman" and the John Lee Hooker
cover "Keep on Runnin."
You Are Free is a fantastic
album to complement anyone's
collection of "sad bastard music."
~ . <.
Just make sure to hide any sharp
implements before listening.
Things get a little blue.
RATING: *** * *
THE ART OF S.U.N.
BLACK SOUL ON VINYL RECORDS
By Joseph Litman
Daily Arts Writer
In the hip-hop universe, the genre's
more authentic and well-crafted sounds
have flourished in Washtenaw County,
and no local rap act shines brighter than
the organic-minded S.U.N., born Santo-
nio Hughbanks. On The Art of S. UN.,
Hughbanks displays his great lyrical tal-
ent over a battery of pleasant beats.
The aural delight, in part, stems from
the album's deft reliance on instru-
ments. While more popular, synthetic
sounds can be found on The Art, most
of the record's flows are delivered over
violin, horn, guitar and piano riffs that
endow S.U.N.'s effort with soul and
reveal its underlying craftsmanship.
Were S.UN.'s rhyming style and abil-
ity inadequate, then the quality of the
S.UN.'s lyricism is perhaps only rivaled
by that of his guests, each of whom
excels on the politically charged cut.
S.U.N.'s rays of dissention do not
solely shine on large-scale institutions
and systems. Some of his most poignant
verses examine hip-hop, both as an art
form and an industry, and S.U.N. defi-
antly declares, "I'm asking God for
spiritual health," not the material wealth
for which so many of his peers pine.
This is not to suggest that The Art is
an immaculate album. By the final
third, many listeners may become bored
by the record's tempo, one that rarely
fluctuates. There is a certain energy not
always apparent; few tracks will inspire
These deficiencies do not detract
from the record too much. Fans of
Tribe, Common, Kweli and the like will
find S.U.N.'s style agreeable and his
album an organic gem.
SOIANGE, SOLO STAR; SONY
Fortunately, Beyonca Knowles of
Destiny's Child has paved the road
with platinum for her younger sister
Solange's debut album Solo Star. The
recruitment of a montage of pop tal-
ents including B2K, Lil' Romeo,
Dabrat, Beoncye, Murphy Lee and a
weighty playlist of 22 tracks should
help launch Solo Star into the
teenage platinum collection. High-
lights include "Get Together," in
which Solange explains her mellow
style in smooth, repetitious verse
over sultry, rhythmic, broken synth
lines characteristic of the song's pro-
ducer, Timbaland. Solange's cool
vocals fuse with the hard I-Rock of
the early '80s in a unique take on the
modern reinvention of late '70s disco
in the melodic trance "Wonderland."
Many songs, such as "Crush," are of
the candy pop genre, but many others
are funky, potential club hits.
Although Solange has a multitude of
people creating her album and image
for her, she, manages to allow her
own confidence and positivism to
escape through the plaster encase-
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S HEART
NEW WEST RECORDS
By Graham Kelly
Daily Arts Writer
Tim Easton is a combination Bob
Dylan and Paul Simon, with a backing
country-rock band. The industry tags
him alt-country. Comparisons to Ryan
Adams aren't unwarranted either.
The majority of Break Your Mothers
Heart's 10 tracks are centered around
Easton's acoustic guitar (though he does
pick up an electric), and more often than
not a bass, piano or organ help him out.
ment of a manufactured star. ***
- Layla J Merritt
PATTY LARKIN, RED = LucID
Despite its cheesy title, Patty
Larkin's Red = Luck delivers a surpris-
ingly unique, smooth fusion of musical
genres. From the upbeat rock tunes to
the calm musing folk songs, Larkin's
newest album disproves the theory that
folk music is for old fogies. In fact, she
seems to laugh at the very notion with
dance song lyrics like, "I remember
walking with holes in our shoes." Her
soothing voice and catchy melodies
provide a much-needed escape for the
senses on particularly stressful days.
While the words in "Italian Shoes"
appear slightly shallow and atypical
the first time around, the internation-
al influence and artistic culture of the
other tracks more than make up for
this supposed imperfection. Larkin
incorporates politics, history, spiritu-
ality, fine art and emotional depth
into her work with natural ease and
rare optimism. ***
The parallels to Dylan and Simon are
in the voice. Easton sings in the back of
his throat, emphasizing the graininess
of Dylan's vocals. His melodies are
reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel
and early Simon solo work.
Easton proves capable of writing in a
number of styles. "Hanging Tree" is a
simple guitar song, while "Lexington
Jail" is heavily blues influenced. The
three lead-off tracks drip with pop into-
nations. Here Easton's vocals are superb
and, while the lyrical content is at times
absurd ("John Gilmartin was a strong
man / 'til he fell down the stairs / and
got his Workman's Comp"), the guitar
work and catchy melodies overcome the
AEREOGRAMME, SLEEP AND RELEASE;
I love albums that you would never
listen to on random. Aereogramme's
Sleep and Release is such an album.
This is remarkable, considering Aere-
ogramme spend half of the album rock-
ing harder than any metal band this side
of Oslo and the other half instrument-
ing gorgeously fragile pieces that show
off lead singer Craig B's haunting
falsetto. On Sleep and Release,
Glaswegians Aereogramme keep the
same soft-loud dynamic that marked
their first full length, but this time
they've filled the spaces in between
songs to create an album that moves
seamlessly between apocalyptic
screaming and barely-whispered pleas
like "So anxious to fight / Any other
way / But won't listen / Erase us / Erase
this world." Sleep and Release shows
that Aereogramme's sincerity isn't
going to disappear with age - they're
only getting wiser. Plus, in "In Grati-
tude," Aereogramme has crafted the
ultimate song to parachute to, which is,
I assure you, no small feat. ****
- John Honkala
weaknesses of the album.
After a poppy, rocking start, the
album progressively leans toward coun-
try, showing Easton's true influences.
Unfortunately, what was so successful
at the beginning becomes lost in the
repetition of the later, much slower
tracks. The lyrics aren't interesting or
powerful enough to keep one's ear
perked and the second half of the album
becomes background music. Easton
may have been more successful had he
put out an EP highlighting the bright
moments of what became Break Your
album's beats would be insignificant.
Luckily, such is not the case, and S.U.N.
(Scientific Universal Noncommercial)
proves to be a gifted MC, capable of
great wordplay and narrative.
"Blaze a Path," produced by the Lab
Technicians and featuring appearances
from area MCs OneManArmy and Vital
and Buff(1) of Athletic Mic League, is
the best example of this awareness, and
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