I too saw CAT POWER a few years back on the Jukebox tour in DC and she killed it - confident, poised, professional and focused. Wednesday night was another story. Early on Marshall was erratic and seemed confused, but as the night went on - and after the majority of the crowd walked out - things got noticeably better. No, it wasn't the polished show I was hoping for, but the spontaneity, the banter, the wit, and the improv songs were a delight. As Stoops notes, it was like hanging out with Chan in her living room, which is weird, but cool. And her voice, no matter what she's singing, is always golden.
I do, however, agree that she needs some serious healing, as it was obvious that something is terribly wrong with Ms. Marshall. I can't tell if she has some mental illness, or if she's on drugs, or is exhausted (I don't think she sleeps much), or if her heart is still broken from her the breakup over a year ago. It's likely a combination of all four. But it's also worth noting that Marshall is naturally intense, and even when she was at a healthy place a few years back, she was still quirky and talked to herself.
All that being stated, I must confess that I enjoyed the show, particularly the last 90 minutes. She played from 10:00pm until they shut her down at 2:15am. I never thought I'd live to see the day when Chan Marshall played longer than Bruce Springsteen, but it happened.
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