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  • Moon Pix [Matador, 1998] C+
  • The Greatest [Matador, 2006] *
  • Sun [Matador, 2012] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Moon Pix [Matador, 1998]
At least Chan Marshall's not trying to fool anybody. From "she plays the difficult parts and I play difficult" to "the music is boring me to death," she's an honest heroine of the new indie staple--not noise-tune and certainly not irony, both as passť as the guilty pop dreams they kept at bay, but sadness. Slow sadness. Slow sadness about one's inability to relate. And not to audiences. Hell is other people. C+

The Greatest [Matador, 2006]
With the Hodges brothers keeping her together, she might actually pick you up at the methadone clinic like she said she would ("Could We," "Love and Communication"). *

Sun [Matador, 2012]
Chanteuse realizes she can say no to peace without giving love the fish-eye, lowering her tristesse quotient beaucoup ("Peace and Love," "3.6.9") **