Ophelia

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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.

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Overview

(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.

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Editorial Reviews

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She's no longer a Maniac, but whirling dervish Natalie Merchant is still crazy about smart, mysterious songs that reach the heart and head. Using strings, keyboards, and horns to great effect, Ophelia has a lusher, more atmospheric sound than Merchant's first solo project, Tigerlily, but just as powerful an emotional kick. Release date: May 1998.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575602073
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.82 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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Album Credits:
Gavin Bryars Arranger, Conductor
Karl Berger Arranger, Conductor,
String Arrangements
Tom Varner French Horn
John Holbrook Engineer
George Laks Organ, Piano,
Organ (Hammond),
fender rhodes,
Wurlitzer
Daniel Lanois Guitar (Electric)
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Graham Maby Bass, Guitar (Electric)
Natalie Merchant Piano, Vocals,
Producer,
Wurlitzer
Craig Ross Guitar (Acoustic)
Mike Scotella Mixing Assistant
Jim Scott Mixing
Peter Yanowitz Drums
Garo Yellin Cello
  
Michelle Kinney Cello
William T. Hunt
Richard Campbell
Susanna Pell
Don Peris Guitar (Electric)
Pamela Thorby
Yungchen Lhamo Vocals, Translation
Helene Silverman Package Design
Mark Seliger Photography
Jokim Lartey Percussion
Krystof Witek Violin
Carmen Consoli Voices
Todd Vos Guitar (Electric), Engineer
Christopher Wilson Theorbo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Natalie Merchant at her best..

    Natalie Merchant is mind blowing and moving with her album Ophelia. the bestest in a long time...

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