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Ghostly and remorseful, Cat Power seems to sigh rather than sing through the title track of her seventh album. Cautious piano chords and funereal strings reluctantly offer comfort to Power’s whispered hush as she lets the words “Once I wanted to be the greatest” slip from her tongue. Such regret is soulful in an early hours sort of way but, though Cat Power should be praised for pushing her anxiety under the listeners skin, ‘The Greatest’ is an uneasy listen and unlikely to wash away the January blues.
Steve Cummins, 06 Feb 2006
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