Motherland

Motherland

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by Natalie Merchant
     
 

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Teaming up with T-Bone Burnett was a good, healthy move for Natalie Merchant. She had begun to sink into vaguely tuneless singer/songwriterisms with her second solo album, Ophelia, and the sag in artistic quality was notable -- which may have been why she bought time with a live album in 1999. Burnett helps restore some musical backbone to her music onSee more details below

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Teaming up with T-Bone Burnett was a good, healthy move for Natalie Merchant. She had begun to sink into vaguely tuneless singer/songwriterisms with her second solo album, Ophelia, and the sag in artistic quality was notable -- which may have been why she bought time with a live album in 1999. Burnett helps restore some musical backbone to her music on Motherland, even if the record is hardly a gritty affair (apart from Merchant's voice, which seems to have deepened and grown tougher since the last time out). Still, there's some character within the sound -- atmospheric, blues post-folk-rock, music that breathes -- not nearly as precious as Tigerlily or any of the 10,000 Maniacs' records, for that matter, while retaining Merchant's signature sound. Upon first listen, none of the songs announce themselves, yet it all sticks together, and repeated plays reveal Motherland as a subtle grower that will satisfy her large cult.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596272124
catalogNumber:
62721
Rank:
58376

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Performance Credits

Natalie Merchant   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Guy Klucevsek   Accordion
Stephen Barber   Conductor
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Mitch Estrin   Bass Clarinet
Bob Glaub   Bass
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
David Krakauer   Clarinet
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,12-string Guitar
Graham Maby   Bass
Phillip Myers   French Horn
Sandra Park   Violin
David Ralicke   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Laura Seaton   Violin
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Patrick Warren   chamberlain,Pump Organ
Erik Della Penna   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Oud,Classical Guitar,Bazouki,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Ann Kim   Violin
Sara Selver   Cello
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Karen Marks   Violin
Bruno Eicher   Violin
Gabriel Gordon   Electric Guitar,E-bow
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Keefus   Piano,Keyboards
Sandra Church   Alto Flute
Nick Cords   Viola
Katie Daley   Voices
Kelly Daley   Voices
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Krystof Kuznik   Violin
Jeremy McCoy   Bass
Elizabeth Steen   Mellotron
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Robert Shaw   Violin
Alan Stepansky   Cello
Soohyun Kwon   Violin

Technical Credits

Stephen Barber   Arranger
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Natalie Merchant   Producer
Sandra Park   String Contractor
Jim Scott   Engineer
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Paul Ackling   Guitar Techician

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