- Moon Pix
Moon Pix Studio album by Cat Power Released September 22, 1998 Recorded November 7, 1996; January, 1998 Genre Indie rock
Length 46:19 Label Matador Producer Matt Voigt Cat Power chronology What Would the Community Think
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According to Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman, several songs on the album - "No Sense," "Say," "Metal Heart," "You May Know Him" and "Cross Bones Style" - were written "in one deranged night," following a hallucinatory nightmare Marshall had in the fall of 1997, while alone in the South Carolina farmhouse she shared with then-boyfriend, Bill Callahan. "I got woken up by someone in the field behind my house in South Carolina," she explained, "The earth started shaking, and dark spirits were smashing up against every window of my house. I woke up and I had my kitten next to me...and I started praying to God to help me...So I just ran and got my guitar because I was trying to distract myself. I had to turn on the lights and sing to God. I got a tape recorder and recorded the next sixty minutes. And I played these long changes, into six different songs. That's where I got the record." 
Moon Pix was recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, Australia by house engineer Matt Voigt. In a 2006 interview with Mess+Noise, Voigt revealed that he had not heard of Marshall, and refused to start work on New Year's Day, as requested by the studio. Work on the album started the following day, with Marshall arriving with her guitar and asking Voigt how he wanted to set up for recording. She sang and played guitar at the same time, with a small guitar amplifier in one room, and Marshall singing into a microphone in another room.
The album's opener, "American Flag," features a slowed-down reversed drum sample from the 1986 Beastie Boys song, "Paul Revere." According to Voigt, Marshall appeared with a copy of the song on album in her bag, and requested a "backwards drum beat," which Marshall then recorded on top of. The sample is uncredited on Moon Pix.
Voigt recalls that Marshall was "a lovely lady. Very emotional. We would do takes and she'd just start crying in the middle of a take. And she'd say 'Stop, stop, I'm sorry, I'm sorry' and I'm like "'It sounded great!'" 
According to Voigt, the Dirty Three members joined the studio most likely on the second day. White played drums over vocals and guitar already recorded by Marshall, and all three musicians recorded two songs live with bassist Andrew Entsch on double bass.
Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating About.com  Allmusic  Rolling Stone 
Moon Pix has been called Cat Power's "magnum opus" and "a true masterpiece of emotional shading and compositional clarity."  Critics cited it as evidence of Marshall's maturation as a songwriter, with Heather Phares of Allmusic writing that "Moon Pix continues Chan Marshall's transformation from an indie rock Cassandra into a reflective, accomplished singer/songwriter."  Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called it "even stronger" than her previous album, What Would the Community Think (1996), and wrote that "it still holds up as one of the Nineties great singer/songwriter triumphs." 
- "American Flag" – 3:30
- "He Turns Down" – 5:39
- "No Sense" – 4:50
- "Say" – 3:24
- "Metal Heart" – 4:02
- "Back of Your Head" – 3:43
- "Moonshiner" (traditional) – 4:50
- "You May Know Him" – 2:46
- "Colors and the Kids" – 6:35
- "Cross Bones Style" – 4:32
- "Peking Saint" – 2:28
- Chan Marshall - guitar, vocals, piano
- Mick Turner - guitar, engineer
- Mark Ohe - imperialized
- Frank Longo - imperialized
- Belinda Woods - flute
- Matt Voigt - engineer
- Jim White - drums
- Andrew Entsch - bass
- Roe Ethridge - photography
- ^ Goodman, Elizabeth (2009). Cat Power: A Good Woman. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-307-39636-5.
- ^ "Recording Cat Power : Mess+Noise". Messandnoise.com. 2006-03-25. http://www.messandnoise.com/articles/10560. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- ^ a b c "Recording Cat Power : Mess+Noise". Messandnoise.com. 2006-03-25. http://www.messandnoise.com/articles/10560. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- ^ "About.com review". Altmusic.about.com. 1998-09-22. http://altmusic.about.com/od/1990s/fr/catpower.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- ^ Allmusic review
- ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/cat-power. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- ^ Phares, Heather (1998-09-22). "Moon Pix - Cat Power". AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r375020. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- ^ By Rob Sheffield (2010-04-10). "Cat Power | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artist/album/news/artists/8828/54952/54990. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
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