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Editors’ Notes

A five-star review from the Telegraph in the UK says clearly that Natalie Merchant has found the sweet spot on her sixth solo album, the self-titled 2014 release that is her first album of all new original material in 13 years. As expected from an artist of Merchant’s socio-political nature, she brings a gravity to everything she sings about and if “Giving Up Everything” is meant to free her from her “cursed search for meaning,” it’s just another brick in her personal wall. She can’t help but connect the dots of her existence in everything she sings, or else there wouldn’t be a somber string section following her moves and “Maggie Said” wouldn’t begin with the line “Maggie said dig one more shallow grave before I’m dead.” This self-produced effort features everything her fans have come to love of her. There’s a light funkiness to “Ladybird,” “Go Down Moses” (about the neglect of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina) and “It’s A Coming,” but she knows she’s not the young woman she used to be and is determined to make music that reflects her experience. 

Customer Reviews

The wait was worth it.

There has been a hole in my heart since Ophelia. That album got me through many, many struggles in my teens. I have a feeling this album will fill that void, now in my 30s. Her voice and lyrics always evoke such incredible emotions from the listener. I've stayed up to listen to the album all the way through and read the lyrics as I listen. "Go Down, Moses," "Giving Up Everything," and "Lulu" are my favorites at the moment. Her musicality is inspiring.

I can only hope her next album of original work isn't such a long wait away.

31 years on...

She has been my favorite singer since I was 3 years old. My older cousins went to see R.E.M. and this little known band called 10,000 Maniacs opened. They brought my parents a cassette of "Secrets of the I Ching" (which I still have). It became my ritalin. Her voice have never ceased to amaze and calm me. So glad she is back to her old stuff. Did I love "Leave Your Sleep?" OF COURSE! I do know, however, that I was on of the few. This new album is amazing. Texas is fantastic and my favorite on here. Brava, Natalie. Welcome back!!


I'm psyched to enjoy a new song, I thought my favorite voice had transitioned completely to an obscure singer of odd songs that could be difficult to listen to. I'm happy to hear something of a shadow of Tigerlily. I'll always be a huge fan, but I'm glad she's returning to familiar territory.


Born: October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant enjoyed even greater success as a solo artist during the mid-'90s. Her literate, socially conscious songs established her among the preeminent women in pop music, while her solo debut — 1995's Tigerlily — helped pave the way for a number of female performers in a pre-Lilith Fair market. She continued releasing...
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