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On Motherland Natalie Merchant tempers the chilly Northern tone of her work with an infusion of Deep Southern heat. Aided by co-producer T-Bone Burnett, she uses these tracks to explore a newly-found affinity for Delta blues and backwoods gospel. Songs like “Saint Judas” (a Flannery O’Connor-like scenario bolstered by Mavis Staples’ guest vocal) and “Put the Law on You” (a sultry number recalling Nina Simone) let Merchant adopt the slippery inflections and tormented moods of a damaged Dixie belle. Musical references to Memphis and New Orleans flit about these tunes, even as the lyric themes range into wider terrain. She pays tribute to an outsider artist in “Henry Darger,” condemns the media machine in “Golden Boy,” and laments the loss of open spaces in the title track. Unexpected settings — such as the Jamaican/Middle Eastern hybrid “This House is on Fire” — bring out fresh resonance in her dusky, brooding vocals. Motherland finds Merchant loosening up, challenging herself, and making some of the best music of her career.

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Over the last few years, I unfortunately lost touch with Natalie's music. Luckily I recently discovered this gem. Natalie is definitely in top form here. She kinda lost me a bit with "Ophelia" but has won me back with Motherland. I love "This House is On Fire" and "Motherland". I think this album even exceeds Tigerlily. It has less radio-friendly hits, but it is truly a genuine piece of amazing art. Have a listen and enjoy!

and she sang to me !

I have died and gone to heaven. This album is amazing. It was the only thing that brought me solice during the passing of my father. The most amazing part is today8/30/06 Natalie came into my job (while shes was recording here in boston) and sang to me asI rang her purchases. CRAZY! I LOVE HER! THIS ALBUM IS GOOD FOR ANY OCCASSION YOU WILL FIND IF YOU LISTEN CLOSE ENOUGH!

nice mellow pretty

i just found this cd tucked away idea how it got there. but i popped it in and now i'm on my 2nd consecutive listen. it's perfect pretty background music for a sunday morning on a cloudy day. natalie's voice is so calming and warm honey.


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 albums well into the 2000s, often examining specific genres or subjects, although Tigerlily...
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