Ophelia

Ophelia

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by Natalie Merchant
     
 

(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Features PVG arrangements of 10 songs from the album: Break Your Heart
• Frozen Charlotte
• Kind & Generous
• King of May
• Life Is Sweet
• The Living
• My Skin
• Ophelia
• Thick as Thieves
• When They Ring the Golden Bells.See more details below

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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Features PVG arrangements of 10 songs from the album: Break Your Heart
• Frozen Charlotte
• Kind & Generous
• King of May
• Life Is Sweet
• The Living
• My Skin
• Ophelia
• Thick as Thieves
• When They Ring the Golden Bells.

Editorial Reviews

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tigerlily established that Natalie Merchant could survive outside of 10,000 Maniacs, both commercially and artistically. Its follow-up album, Ophelia, is a bit more problematic. Initially, the album appears to be conceptual, tracing the Ophelia character through modern times. That concept quickly falls away, leaving studied, if somewhat elliptical, lyrical portraits. Like Tigerlily, the songs on Ophelia have hushed, layered arrangements that are outgrowths, not replicas, of 10,000's jangly folk-rock. However, Ophelia lacks the subtle sonic textures and graceful hooks that made Merchant's debut so charming. Instead, all of the subdued songs -- only "Kind & Generous" has a clear-cut, sing-along hook -- blend together, which makes the album decidedly less accessible. Unfortunately, it doesn't always reward the close listening it demands. A few songs reveal hidden layers and meanings upon repeated listens, but on the whole Ophelia sounds too insular and similar to make a large impression. -- All-Music Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575602073
Publisher:
Cherry Lane Music Company
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.82(h) x 0.28(d)

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