Natalie Merchant-Leave Your Sleep

The last I heard anything new from Natalie Merchant was Motherland and the song “This House Is On Fire”, and before that I was only familiar with her radio hits. So, when I heard she had a new album of lullabies and nursery rhymes, it had me intrigued. The album is actually 2 discs and runs a little over and hour and a half, and it is one of the most unique albums of the year. Natalie uses poems from authors ranging from E.E. Cummings to Robert Louis Stevenson. Most of them are very simplistic in their lyrics, but the musical part of the album is what is fascinating to me. There are so many different types of tempos, instruments and moods on this album. You can go from a song like “Bleezer’s Ice Cream”, which is more of a swinging jazz song, then move to “Dancing Bear”, which uses an accordion, and end up at “Indian Names”, which is accompanied by a string quartet as well as drums, flutes and rattles. No matter what your preference, you are sure to find something that fits your taste on this album. And if you aren’t sure if you can handle the length of this album, there is a one disc release that features just the best tracks from this album called Selections From Leave Your Sleep that runs just over an hour.

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