Album: Cat Power, Dark End of the Street EP, (Matador)

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'Dark End of the Street' is a six-track EP of cover versions which didn't fit on to this year's 'Jukebox', recorded in Cat Power's trademark lugubrious style.

As befits a Georgia girl, Chan Marshall's sources are split between folk/roots (the Pogues' "Auld Triangle", Fairport Convention's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes") and black soul (the James Carr title track, Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long"). She's no Sandy Denny, so the Fairport track is a misadventure, but her Carr doesn't crash.

Pick of the Album: Power steering: 'Dark End of the Street'