Cat Power - 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert'

8/10

Over the last few decades, Cat Power has been seen as one of the more progressive names on the scene. With a career stretching back almost three decades, she has moved through plenty of aesthetics and guises in order to keep her material forever moving forward into new and exciting directions. And as she returns once again, she is choosing to recreate one of the world's most renowned live albums with 'Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert', a record that pays homage to one of her most revered influences.

While the original recording was actually performed at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1966, but long known as the “Royal Albert Hall Concert” due to a mislabeled bootleg, Power chose the actual Royal Albert Hall as the destination for her newest release, giving it a truly wondrous atmosphere throughout. As a like-for-like remake of Dylan's tracklist and performance on that night, she channels a beautifully serene disposition to deliver one of the more spellbinding releases of her career to date.

Although fans of the original won't find many surprises here, Cat Power's ability to fully immerse herself within Dylan's aura throughout this new collection certainly makes for an endearing listen. A true hallmark within her recent catalogue, she almost completely transports us back to that brilliantly impactful moment in musical history from start to finish.

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