Natalie Merchant

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Natalie Merchant is marketed as the successor to 2001's Motherland, suggesting it's Merchant's first album since, but that isn't strictly true. She independently released a collection of folk covers called The House Carpenter's Daughter in 2003 and, most notably, the ambitious double-disc neo-children's album Leave Your Sleep in 2010 -- distinctive work both but she hasn't dedicated herself fully to original material in 13 years, so Natalie Merchant is indeed noteworthy. Feeling neither pent-up nor fussy, the eponymous album is handsome, deliberate, and familiar; she's not picking up where she left off, she's merely resuming her career, not acting like any time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Natalie Merchant is marketed as the successor to 2001's Motherland, suggesting it's Merchant's first album since, but that isn't strictly true. She independently released a collection of folk covers called The House Carpenter's Daughter in 2003 and, most notably, the ambitious double-disc neo-children's album Leave Your Sleep in 2010 -- distinctive work both but she hasn't dedicated herself fully to original material in 13 years, so Natalie Merchant is indeed noteworthy. Feeling neither pent-up nor fussy, the eponymous album is handsome, deliberate, and familiar; she's not picking up where she left off, she's merely resuming her career, not acting like any time or fashion has passed in her absence. Which isn't to say Merchant operates as if it's still her '90s heyday. She obliquely references Hurricane Katrina with "Go Down, Moses," but the strongest evidence that Merchant knows perfectly well it's 2014 is how she embraces her middle age. Even at the start of her career, Merchant aspired to sound wise and old and now that she's reached 50, she's exceedingly comfortable in her skin, never rushing her tempos, luxuriating in lush orchestral arrangements that are rarely Baroque and often find a nice contrast with softer, folkier moments, choosing to be melodic while studiously avoiding direct hooks. Natalie Merchant is not a progression so much as a deepening and, as such, it offers a quiet comfort for anyone who has ever loved her music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2014
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597957174
  • Catalog Number: 541042
  • Sales rank: 5,595

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ladybird (6:40)
  2. 2 Maggie Said (4:28)
  3. 3 Texas (5:05)
  4. 4 Go Down, Moses (5:03)
  5. 5 Seven Deadly Sins (4:53)
  6. 6 Giving Up Everything (4:23)
  7. 7 Black Sheep (4:10)
  8. 8 It's A-Coming (3:51)
  9. 9 Lulu (Introduction) (1:03)
  10. 10 Lulu (4:18)
  11. 11 The End (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Merchant Primary Artist, Vocals
John Patitucci Double Bass
Eddie Allen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Elson Clarinet, Saxophone
Clark Gayton Trombone, Tuba
John Medeski Organ, Electric Bass
Shawn Pelton Drums
Kenny Wollesen Percussion, Drums
Elizabeth Mitchell Background Vocals
Erik Della Penna Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Marc Goldberg Bassoon
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Marc Friedman Electric Bass
Gabriel Gordon Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lisa Kim Violin
Andrew Barr Drums
Vivek Kamath Viola
Jeremy McCoy Double Bass
Jesse Murphy Tuba, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Kyle Armbrust Viola
Kurt Muroki Double Bass
Sein Ryu Violin
Uri Sharlin Accordion, Electric Piano, Tack Piano, Piano (Grand), Piano (Upright)
Tamar-Kali Background Vocals
Anthony McGill Clarinet
Alan Stepansky Cello
Wei Yu Cello
Joanna Maurer Violin
Johanna Warren Background Vocals
Simi Stone Background Vocals
Liz Kim Violin
Quan Ge Violin
Ru Pie Yeh Cello
Mindy Kaufmann Flute
Jonathan Dreyden Organ
Corliss Stafford Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Barber String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
George Cowan Engineer
Clark Gayton Horn Arrangements
Natalie Merchant Composer, Producer
Paul Antonell Engineer
Tony Finno String Arrangements
Eli Walker Engineer
Nadége Foofat String Arrangements
Summer Damon Assistant Project Coordinator
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Just browsing the songs & am hooked! Natalie sings with her

    Just browsing the songs & am hooked! Natalie sings with her heart and soul unlike any other artist. Her music is food for the woman's heart, soul & personal strength. Her music may never appeal to everybody as some are still stuck in the 10,000 maniacs days hoping to relive the songs of their youth. Natalie has the Unique talent as an artist to continue to grow with her audience & bring the grace of age & experience to her music. I always look forward to what new insights she will bring to her next album. Very few artists continue to grow and develop as an artist as she has, rather they tend to keep playing the songs that made them famous. As for her Voice, it has actually gotten even better over the years! (with or without back up). I will be buying this asap & would like to again say Thank you Natalie for not singing to the Masses but for creating music for the soul!

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

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    Kind of a downer. I am quite the fan of Natalie Merchant, but th

    Kind of a downer. I am quite the fan of Natalie Merchant, but this one I listened to only once and gave away to someone facing a divorce. I can't listen to depressing songs about cold fires at this stage of my life. If you can, however, this record may be just the right thing!

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