AMERICAN singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, has often been described as the queen of sadcore. Nothing on her 10th album Wanderer will dispel that moniker. However, there’s a strength resonating within her collection of indie-folk and blues, which repeatedly favours atmospherics over the bombast.
Lana Del Ray makes an appearance on Woman, a timely ode to feminine determination, while Marshall even covers Rihanna on Stay. But the finest moment is the sparse jazz-inspired track In Your Face, complete with delicate piano.
A major criticism of Wanderer is the constant tone. It never raises beyond easy listening territory, ultimately making it a less interesting record than 2012’s Sun.