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Cat Power Covers Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love”

Wanderer Out Now via Domino

Dec 03, 2018
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Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) released a new album, Wanderer, back in October via Domino. Now she has shared a cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love," a 1965 song written by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics) and first sung by Jackie DeShannon. Marshall has shortened the title to "What the World Needs Now." The cover was originally available as a bonus 7-inch as part of the deluxe edition of Wanderer, but is now available online. Listen below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Marshall had this to say about the cover in a press release: "I wanted to release a song with a message of hope. 'What the world needs now is love sweet love,' is a lyric anyone can embrace right now."

Previously Marshall shared a video for Wanderer's short opening track (and title track), "Wanderer." Then she shared the album's first official single, "Woman," via a video for the song. "Woman" featured Lana Del Rey on backing vocals and was one of our Songs of the Week.

Then she shared another new track from the album, "Stay," which is actually a cover of the Rihanna song from 2012 (originally written by Justin Parker and Mikky Ekko). It was shared via a Greg Hunt-directed video of Marshall performing the song at the Los Angeles studio of Rob Schnapf (who mixed Wanderer).

Then she stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album's lead single, "Woman," with her backing band.

Marshall produced Wanderer herself and the album was written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the course of the last few years. It is Marshall's first album for Domino after spending most of her career on Matador.

In a previous press release Marshall said the album's 11 tracks encompass "my journey so far. The course my life has taken in this journey - going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them." 

Cat Power Tour Dates: 

Sat Dec 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sun Dec 16 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Tues Dec 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed Dec 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Thurs Dec 20 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sat Feb 9 - Melbourne, Australia @ Zoo Twilights - Melbourne Zoo
Sat Feb 10 - Melbourne, Australia @ Zoo Twilights - Melbourne Zoo
Mon Feb 11 - Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theater
Thurs Feb 14 - Perth, Australia - Chevron Gardens

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