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Cat Power - Say (from Moon Pix)

Moon Pix is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Cat Power (a.k.a. Chan Marshall). It was released in September 1998 on Matador Records. According to Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman, several songs on the album were written “in one deranged night,” following a hallucinatory nightmare Marshall had in the fall of 1997, while alone in the South Carolina farmhouse she shared with then-boyfriend, Bill Callahan. “I got woken up by someone in the field behind my house in South Carolina,” she explained, “The earth started shaking, and dark spirits were smashing up against every window of my house. I woke up and I had my kitten next to me…and I started praying to God to help me…So I just ran and got my guitar because I was trying to distract myself. I had to turn on the lights and sing to God. I got a tape recorder and recorded the next sixty minutes. And I played these long changes, into six different songs. That’s where I got the record. Moon Pix has been called Cat Power’s “magnum opus” and “a true masterpiece of emotional shading and compositional clarity.” Critics cited it as evidence of Marshall’s maturation as a songwriter, with Heather Phares of Allmusic writing that “Moon Pix continues Chan Marshall’s transformation from an indie rock Cassandra into a reflective, accomplished singer/songwriter.”

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