NATALIE MERCHANT - Natalie Merchant

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Folk/Folkrock, Artpop/Pop | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: Nonesuch | Autor: SaS

It's been thirteen years since the former singer of the 10,000 Maniacs released her last regular album. In between there was a record with folk standards and a few years ago she set children's poems to music on "Leave Your Sleep". The three 'normal' solo albums that Natalie Merchant released after the end of the Maniacs between 1995 and 2001 are all underestimated masterpieces of quiet, carried Folkpop. Especially when she lets her songs breathe, transforms them into long, pleading elegies, she can perfectly stage her voice, which is one of the most moving in pop history. Also the new, self-titled album doesn't sound much different than its predecessors, except that it might have shown a little more courage to innovate with one or the other song. But there is no failure, a lot of variety and above all this beguiling, unmistakable voice sounds. Sometimes the songs become a minor matter.

Top track: Seven Deadly Sins

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