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Natalie Merchant - Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (2015) [HDTracks]

26-04-2016, 12:20
Folk | Rock | Alternative | HD & Vinyl

Title: Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Nonesuch Records
Genre: Folk Rock, Alternative, Singer-songwriter
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/48kHz]
Total Time: 56:39
Total Size: 677 MB (d.booklet)

Recorded at the Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY; Mixed at the Isokon, Woodstock, NY; Mastered at Masterdisk, New York, NY

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek:
When Natalie Merchant left 10,000 Maniacs in 1994, she had given the band two years notice and was ready to embark on a solo career. Given her high profile, she could have done anything she wanted -- and she did. She bucked conventional music biz wisdom, hired her own band, and self-produced the multi-platinum-selling Tigerlily. Some of its songs are still part of her live set and the classic album endures with fans and continues to find new ones. Twenty years later, Merchant presents Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. It's completely re-recorded, re-arranged, and revisioned. The obvious question -- why mess with a classic? -- is answered convincingly. She's learned a lot about these songs in the interim. Her approach remains holistic; her optimism has not been tempered by time as much as deepened with it. The running order is very different. "Wonder," for instance, is now the album's closer. It has been stripped of electric instruments and adorned by acoustic piano, guitars, and a brushed trap kit. "River," an elegy for the late actor River Phoenix, remains a lament. The electric guitars are still there, but a string quartet bears up Merchant's voice. It continues to reflect her anger at the sensationalistic coverage of his death, but it's balanced now by an enduring sense of loss imbued with the weight of the heart's memory. A backing chorus featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Elizabeth Mitchell adds spiritual resonance to her delivery. This version of "The Letter" is nearly twice as long. Merchant's vocal is accompanied only by an upright bass and the string quartet. "Cowboy Romance" offers a taut, upright bassline, a lonesome violin, a wafting accordion, and brushed snare. Merchant's voice is much deeper now, but also richer; it carries the authority of a personal truth that's been lived in. The wide-eyed innocent who delivered the line "...There's no man born that can rule me…" is gone. There is a nearly militant emphasis on those words here, offering the poignancy of experience as a testament. The rock & roll core of "Jealousy" has been replaced by a vintage R&B feel. Simi Stone's Motown-esque duet vocals and Sharel Cassity's tenor saxophone provide organic counterweights to Merchant's in-the-rear-view delivery and finally free of frustrated desire; the evidence of a lesson learned the hard way. On Paradise Is There, her songs thrive in new presentations. Their meanings have shifted and grown. This is not just a nostalgic look back at a classic album, but Merchant fully inhabiting the material in the present tense. The depth in these recordings makes it a welcome companion to Tigerlily


01. San Andreas Fault 04:49
02. Beloved Wife 05:26
03. Carnival 04:57
04. River 05:43
05. The Letter 03:56
06. Where I Go 04:02
07. I May Know the Word 07:41
08. Seven Years 05:04
09. Cowboy Romance 06:07
10. Jealousy 04:05
11. Wonder 04:49

Natalie Merchant, vocals
Gabriel Gordon, acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
Uri Sharlin, piano & accordion
Jesse Murphy, acoustic & electric bass
Allison Miller, drums & percussion
Scot Moore, violin
Shawn Moore, violin
Marandi Hostetter, viola
Stanley Moore, cello
Sharel Cassity, tenor saxophone
Simi Stone, vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey, backing vocals ("Wonder")
Elizabeth Mitchell, backing vocals ("River" & "Where I Go")
Bella Blasko, backing vocals ("River")

Natalie Merchant - Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (2015) [HDTracks]

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