aka Chan Marshall, singer-songwriter, folk musician, and remarkably introverted performer.

To this point Cat Power has released five albums of highly emotional, often harrowing, songs recalling the most desolate tendencies of country and folk music, made all the more startling by Chan Marshall's honest lyrical manner and carefully measured tones, which sometimes explode in such a way as to make your heart stop.

The albums released under the Cat Power name are "Dear Sir", "Myra Lee", the majestic and scary "What Would The Community Think" (her Matador debut), the equally harrowing "Moon Pix", recorded on a holiday in Australia, and "The Covers Record".

Any of the last three albums should be considered an essential purchase.