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  • Summary: The first new release from the indie rock artist in six years was self-produced, mixed by Rob Schnapf and features a guest appearance from Lana Del Rey.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    90
    As tender as it is uncompromising, Wanderer is exactly the album Marshall needed to make at this point in her career and life. It's some of her most essential music, in both senses of the word.
  2. Oct 4, 2018
    80
    Cat Power, lays full claim to the title of her tenth album, Wanderer with the authority of a blueswoman who’s seen some shit, alternately conjuring trances and slapping you out of them, projecting clear-eyed, uncompromising strength on one of the most fragile-sounding sets she’s ever made.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 1, 2018
    80
    There's no danger of Wanderer outstaying its welcome, but while it's a brilliant return, it wouldn't be quite right too claim it as a triumph. Not because of the quality of these songs but because Wanderer is a record that know the cost of living and the price of losing all too well. [Oct 2018, p.82]
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    Most of all though, Wanderer is an album about developing your own identity in an ever-changing, often troubling world. Arguably more than ever before, Cat Power has achieved that goal here.
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    74
    Wanderer drags just the tiniest bit. It speaks softly from the echoes of the best Cat Power moments, which means it doesn’t ice-pick you in the center of your most treasured insecurities the way some of her most celebrated music has.
  6. Oct 4, 2018
    70
    Time and again, Marshall has been reductively pegged as a gloomy singer-songwriter struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. But while her vulnerability here lends itself to melancholy, it’s also triumphant and resolute.
  7. Oct 4, 2018
    58
    There’s nothing inherently wrong about Wanderer being mannered--but, unfortunately, the album’s subtlety is also often its undoing.

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  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    What a courageous and touching album! It's peronal in a way similar to Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling's albums, each testimonies of how youWhat a courageous and touching album! It's peronal in a way similar to Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling's albums, each testimonies of how you can be vulnerable and strong and the same time. Me Voy and Black are probably the strongest and most affecting songs I have heard all year. Expand