Cat Power (Atlanta's Chan Marshall) returns with her sixth album, none

Cat Power (Atlanta's Chan Marshall) returns with her sixth album, none

too soon for her die-hard fans. The set also serves as a mature introduction for newcomers to her singular concoction of young, idiosyncratic, and honest folk rock. You Are Free follows the artist's 2000 album, The Covers Record, where she re-did standards by Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and the Rolling Stones, among others—as well as 1998's critically acclaimed Moon Pix. In songs like "Free," "Baby Doll," and "Maybe Not," her emotions, which hover on the border between controlled and lost, could be no more immediate if she was two feet from your face. This should be particularly satisfying for those who like multiple layers and truthful confrontations in their music and too raw for those who don't. Either way, it shouldn't be ignored (see story, page 13).—TP