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Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)

27-04-2014, 13:55
Folk | Rock | FLAC / APE

Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)

Artist: Natalie Merchant
Title Of Album: Ophelia
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Electra 7559-62196-2
Genre: Folk Rock
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 120 MB | 329 MB
Total Time: 56:40
Website: Discogs

01. Ophelia 05:11
02. Life Is Sweet 05:13
03. Kind & Generous 04:07
04. Frozen Charlotte 05:23
05. My Skin 05:33
06. Break Your Heart 04:48
07. King of May 04:09
08. Thick as Thieves 06:58
09. Effigy 02:30
10. The Living 03:18
11. When They Ring the Golden Bells 09:33

Natalie Merchant: Piano, Organ (Hammond), Vocals, Producer, Wurlitzer
Daniel Lanois: Guitar (Electric)
Don Peris: Guitar (Electric)
Todd Vos: Guitar (Electric), Engineer
Lokua Kanza: Guitar (Acoustic)
Karen Peris: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Craig Ross: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Graham Maby: Bass, Guitar (Electric)
Jay Brunga: Bass (Acoustic)
William T. Hunt: Bass
George Laks: Organ, Piano, Organ (Hammond), Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Ken Apollo: Organ, Barrel Organ
Jokim Lartey: Percussion
Peter Yanowitz: Drums
Chris Botti: Trumpet
Tom Varner: French Horn
Christopher Wilson: Theorbo
Richard Campbell: Tenor Violin
Hector Falcon: Violin
Krystof Witek: Violin
Susanna Pell: Violin, Bass Viol
Julia Hodgson: Tenor Violin
Ralph Farris: Viola
Conway Kuo: Viola
Michelle Kinney: Cello
Garo Yellin: Cello
Carmen Consoli: Voices
Bella Urina: Voices
Camille Labro: Voices
Rocio Paez: Voices
Susanna Schmitz: Voices
N'Dea Davenport: Vocals
Yungchen Lhamo: Vocals, Translation
Pamela Thorby: Recorder (Tenor)

Review from Allmusic:
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 – of which only "Kind & Generous" has a clear-cut, singalong 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.

Biography from Allmusic:
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 remained her biggest-selling record.
Born October 26, 1963, in Jamestown, NY, Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs at the age of 17 and became the band's driving artistic force. After a pair of successful independent releases, they signed to Elektra in 1985 and briefly became one of the most popular acts in alternative rock, shooting into the Top 40 with 1987's In My Tribe and charting even higher with their follow-up effort, Blind Man's Zoo. Merchant's desire to launch a solo career increased alongside the band's growing reputation, however, and by the time the group sat down to record 1992's Our Time in Eden, she gave her bandmates two years' notice. Following the release of MTV Unplugged in 1994, she publicly announced she was leaving the group's ranks. …

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