Next week Cat Power will release her much anticipated record, Sun -- her first album of original material since 2006's The Greatest -- but you can listen to the whole thing early over at The Guardian or NPR. In the short time that the full LP has been available, critics are already declaring Sun "the best record she's ever made" (Robin Hilton at NPR) as well as "triumphant, upbeat, often jubilant" (The Guardian) and "the sort of thing that will show up on a whole lot of year-end best lists ... absolutely worth spending your morning with" (Stereogum's Tom Breihan).

For our part, it's worth noting that besides showing off a new uptempo (and uplifting) style, Chan Marshall also adds quite a bit of electro into the mix for the first time, which included working with avant electronic musician Nicolas Jaar on a remix of Sun track "Cherokee." And, if after listening to whole thing you want to catch her live (we suspect you will), Power will be playing a string of North American dates in October and November, including a show at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23 (see her complete list of tour dates HERE).

Sun comes out September 4 via Matador.