Cat Power: "Ruin"

Chan Marshall's career has been all about learning to move – from the alluringly static lo-fi mumblings of her Nineties albums to the shyly swinging Memphis soul of 2006's The Greatest. Here she really gets truckin'. "Ruin" is her poppiest, most straight-ahead song ever: a rolling piano and pushy drums drive lyrics about restless travel – from Saudi Arabia to Soweto to Belfast. But this isn’t some eat-pray-love yuppie self-searching. What’s all the ramble-tamble wandering taught her? "Some people ain’t got shit to eat," she snaps. Looks like there’s a new Bono in town.

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