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Myra Lee

  • 1. Enough
    2. We All Die
    3. Great Expectations
    4. Top Expert
    5. Ice Water
    6. Still in Love
    7. Rockets
    8. Faces
    9. Fiance
    10. Wealthy Man
    11. Not What You Want
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19

  • Credits
    EngineerEdward Douglas; Edward Douglas

    Cat Power: Chan Marshall (vocals); Tim Foljahn, Steve Shelley.
    Audio Mixer: Edward Douglas.
    Recording information: Mott Street Space (12/1994).
    Editor: Oliver Strauss.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Steve Shelley; Tim Foljahn; Chan Marshall.
    Recorded quickly with bassist Tim Foljahn and drummer Steve Shelley from her previous album, WHAT WOULD THE COMMUNITY THINK? and released quietly on Shelley's part-time Smells Like label, MYRA LEE isn't the tossed-off marking-time effort you might expect. Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall's acoustic guitar-based tunes are always rather sparse, and this is by far her most skeletal album, the near-subliminal backing placing her clear voice and disquieting lyrics front and center throughout.
    Opening with the quiet desperation of "Enough," the bleakness continues on the blues-inflected "We All Die" and a simply heartbreaking solo rendition of Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You." It's not all slit-your-wrists material--"Not What You Want" and the rueful "Wealthy Man" are more dismissive than anguished--but MYRA LEE is a stark and powerful folk-based acoustic pop album.

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (7-8/96, p.96) - "...Marshall's understated acoustic songs burn with a kind of hazy, smoldering glow....There's nothing polished about this album, and nothing particularly pretty, but its raw emotion works on you..."
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