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Genre: Rock
Release Date: 06/01/1995 Style: Alternative/Indie
Record Label: Elektra (Label) Artist: Natalie Merchant


Format: CD

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Album Features
Artist:Natalie Merchant
Release Year:1995
Record Label:Elektra (Label)
Genre:Alternative, Rock & Pop

Track Listing
1. San Andreas Fault
2. Wonder
3. Beloved Wife
4. River
5. Carnival
6. I May Know the Word
7. The Letter
8. Cowboy Romance
9. Jealousy
10. Where I Go
11. Seven Years

Playing Time:52 min.
Contributing Artists:Katell Keineg
Producer:Natalie Merchant
Distributor:WEA (Distributor)
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Personnel: Natalie Merchant (vocals, piano, organ, vibraphone); Jennifer Turner (electric & acoustic guitars, background vocals); John Holbrook (electric guitar, organ); Matt Henderson (electric guitar, bass); Eric Schenkman (electric guitar); Jay Unger (violin); Michelle Kinney (cello); Barrie Maguire (bass, 12-string electric guitar); Peter Yanowitz (drums, percussion); Adrian Lopez Guevarra, Randy Grant (percussion); Katell Keineg (background vocals).Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and The Club House, Germantown, New York from December 1994 to March 1995.Personnel: Natalie Merchant (vocals, piano, organ, vibraphone); Jennifer Turner (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); John Holbrook (electric guitar, organ); Eric Schenkman, Matt Henderson (electric guitar); Barrie Maguire (electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar); Jay Ungar (violin); Michelle Kinney (cello); Peter Yanowitz (drums, percussion); Randy Grant, Adrian Lopez Guevarra (percussion); Katell Keineg (background vocals).Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY (12/1994-03/1995); The Club House, Germantown, NY (12/1994-03/1995).Photographer: Jos‚ Picayo.Super-serious Natalie Merchant has loosened up since leaving 10,000 Maniacs. From the soulful march, "San Andreas Fault," that opens her solo debut, it is obvious she has found a freedom in going solo. It's evident in her less restrictive vocals and in a tighter, more expansive musical sound.Her lyrics, no surprise, remain somber. But in finally recording a song as throbbingly funky as "Carnival," Merchant offers a glimpse of what she always had lurking inside when she flailed about onstage with the Maniacs. And "River," a tribute to the late River Phoenix, gives her a chance to belt a lyric out--a pleasant, surprising change from her usual folkie whisper.TIGERLILY also includes some simple piano tracks that recall the earliest Maniacs records. The piano-voice duet has always been Merchant's fort‚, and her sweet, rich voice cuts through the heartbreaking loss of "Beloved Wife" and the unrequited love of "The Letter." And then, just when you think the piano is her sweetest ally, a captivating fiddle joins her and her piano for the winsome "Cowboy Romance."

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You are bidding on ONE new, not shrinkwrapped or sealed, excellent condition C.D. (COMPACT DISC).

 This CD is ORIGINAL - NOT A COPY. It comes in original jewel case with both front and back inserts in excellent condition.




Not too many albums can stand the test of time, and in case you haven't realized it, this album is approaching its tenth year, since it got released, yet it sounds as fresh as the first day. Natalie froze time and space in this this, her first album out of 10,000 Maniacs. So many people thought she'd been lost, when she left the band, yet everyone was happy to find that she was able to find her space in music on her own: the album came accross as very personal and down to earth, with an ability to be playful alternating with melancholic in a seamless way.

Having heard a few of the tracks in her highly recommendable live album, I was glad to listen to the original studio versions, and a few more tracks that I was unfamiliar with. Out of all the songs, "River" touches me beyond what all the other songs can, perhaps because it is her tribute to the passing of her friend. Perhaps this song, with its timeless name, captures the nature of the whole album: it never stops flowing and yet it remains true to itself in spite of the passing of time.




Tigerlily, Natalie Merchant's first solo record, does sound different than 10,000 Maniacs. Instead of relying strictly on jangly folk-rock, Merchant continues opening her music up as she did on Our Time in Eden, her last album with the Maniacs. From the understated groove of "Carnival" to the rolling "San Andreas Fault," the added emphasis on rhythmic texture works, creating an intimate but not exclusive atmosphere that holds throughout the record, even when her occasionally sophomoric, sentimental poetry threatens to sink the album in the weight of its own preciousness (as in "River," her tribute to the late actor River Phoenix).




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First rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant subsequently enjoyed even greater success as a solo performer as her plaintive vocals and literate, socially conscious songs established her among the preeminent female performers in contemporary pop. Born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, NY, Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs at the age of 17, quickly becoming the band's driving artistic force; after a pair of successful independent releases, they signed to Elektra in 1985, and in the years to follow emerged among the most popular acts in alternative rock, shooting into the Top 40 with 1987's superb In My Tribe. However, around the time of recording 1992's Our Time in Eden, Merchant gave her bandmates two years notice, and after the release of 1994's MTV Unplugged publicly announced she was leaving their ranks. Her 1995 solo debut, Tigerlily, debuted just shy of the Top Ten, scoring a hit with the single "Carnival; " it was followed in 1998 by Ophelia. Live in Concert, recorded at New York's Neil Simon Theatre, appeared a year later. A prominent social activist, Merchant also regularly campaigned in the name of such hot-button issues as animal rights, domestic violence, and homelessness. In 2000 Merchant toured with her band and members of progressive folk group The Horseflies performing folk traditionals. She returned with the Motherland LP in 2001. Two years later Merchant left Elektra and formed the Myth America to issue House Carpenter's Daughter, a collection of traditional and contemporary folk music performed on the 2000 tour. 2004 saw Rhino release Campfire Songs, a 10,000 Maniacs retrospective, and a year later Merchant tallied her ten-year solo career with Retrospective.







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