This is the first time I saw Cat Power and I thought it was a remarkable performance. Devoid of cliche, unique and with an energized stage presence that I thought added dimension to her lyrics. We've all seen self-indulgent singers (Bono anyone?) whose stage antics detract, but I don't think that was the case here. Admittedly, I haven't suffered through some of her earlier shows, but seeing how far she's come would have probably made it even better.
The reviewer is right on one thing: her vocals were fantastic. My one complaint, along with my mates, was that the vocals were a tad low in the mix. Admittedly, this is a first-rate band. Jim White from Dirty Three and Judah Bauer (of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) are incredible musicians, but c'mon, crank up the vocals a notch.
When I read reviews like the one above, I always wonder where the critic is coming from. What's the agenda. Whose the template for great "stage presence"? And why isn't it possible to accept each artist on their own terms? Isn't the fact that they're originals the point? Two more quick points on my rant. 1. The crowd loved her, and 2. can't the Trib come up with more imaginative headlines than ""Voice is pitch-perfect, but stage presence needs work". What is this American Idol?
Chan, consider the source.