Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant

by Natalie MerchantNatalie Merchant


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597957174
catalogNumber: 541042
Rank: 43838

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

Customer Reviews

Natalie Merchant 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
stiiffy More than 1 year ago
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!