11 Amazing Covers You'll Hear Differently By Cat Power
On January 14, Cat Power released her 11th studio album, "Covers". The album features her own rendition of songs by the likes of Frank Ocean, Iggy Pop, Billie Holiday, and more! In anticipation of her performance on May 1 here at The Cap, we’ve put Cat Power’s covers alongside the original versions so you can have a listen for yourself and get ready for a great show! Get your tickets HERE
The 14th track on Frank Ocean’s acclaimed “Channel Orange” album, Bad Religion, is a heartfelt ballad about the trials of a one-sided relationship. Cat Power’s powerful rendition of this song keeps that energy while introducing a lighter instrumental take that feels refreshing.
I’ll Be Seeing You:
This sentimental ballad was originally written for the 1938 musical, "Right This Way," by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal. Billie Holiday’s enchanting version of the song was released in 1944 and won the hearts of people everywhere. Cat Power’s thoughtful take on this classic beautifully captures the heart of this song.
Iggy Pop released Endless Sea on his 1979 album, “New Values.” Iggy Pop’s original has an atmospheric feel where the instrumentation captures and immerses the listener into the condensed rage that is Endless Sea. Cat Power’s take on this song is an amazing reimagination for this classic.
Written by Jackson Browne when he was just 16 years old, These Days, has been covered by numerous artists including Cher, Gregg Allman, and Miley Cyrus, to name a few. You need to listen to Cat Power’s fresh take on this masterpiece.
I Had A Dream Joe:
An Alternative/Indie classic from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1992 release, “Henry’s Dream” Cat Power offers a powerful revisit to this compelling tune.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Against The Wind:
Released by Bob Seger in 1980 as the title track for his album of the same name, Against The Wind, carries a tender, mellow tone while centering on maturation and memories. Cat Power gracefully takes on this song in a meaningful way that enchants the listener.
Pa Pa Power:
A reimagining of the Dead Man’s Bones track off of their 2009 self-titled album, Cat Power takes this track and brought it to another level.
Dead Man’s Bones
A Pair Of Brown Eyes:
"A Pair of Brown Eyes," The Pogues first single to make the UK Top 100, was released in March of 1985 from their second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. Cat Power takes this hit and brings her A game to this amazing cover.
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels:
Kitty Wells’ 1952 hit became the first number one Billboard Country hit for a solo woman artist and paved the way for other woman artists. Cat Power celebrates this in her thoughtful take on this classic.
Here Comes A Regular:
The Replacements' heart-breakingly sad song, "Here Comes a Regular," was released in 1985 off of their fourth album, Tim. The song features Paul Westerberg and his acoustic guitar singing about growing old in a bar. Cat Power brings strong vocals and a soft piano backing to this tune that captures the listener.
Unhate is Cat Power’s updated rendition of 2006’s Hate from her 2006 album, "The Greatest."
Words by Lilly Carey