Boomkat Product Review:
If you've failed to notice so far, we have a little obsession with Chan Marshall here - so it'll come as no surprise that this truly is one of the most anticipated records of 2006 for us. A cohesive extension of her past work (but not, as the title might suggest, a compilation) 'The Greatest' sees Marshall combining her silky tonsils with a friably muted backdrop that alternates joyously between after-hours piano and oddly soulful Memphis horns. Opening with the title track, Marshall delivers a haunting composition that confidently skirts the boundaries of Americana, introducing a clutch of surging strings which wouldn't seem out of place draped around Loretta Lynn and a breathy vocal that is as triumphant as it is reflective; lending a bittersweet edge which confidently edges it into the patheon of contempoary torch-songs. Elsewhere, 'Living Proof' is a breezy, Hammond-licked slice of pure FM gospel, 'Where Is My Love' takes the notion of listener/artist intimacy to a whole new etheral level, whilst 'Love and Communication' is a driving coalition of throbbing rhythms and taut strings. As we keep on saying....this woman is a goddess....y'hear?!?