Natalie Merchant Concludes Summer Tour; New Album Shows Her to Be a "Defining Singer-Songwriter of Her Generation," Says Glide
Natalie Merchant brings her summer tour of the United States to a close at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, tonight. The concerts, featuring music from her recent Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, plus favorites from throughout her career, began at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, in July, and brought Merchant and her eight-piece band all across the country. Just over a month from now, she hits the road again for a five-stop tour of the mid-Atlantic states backed by a full orchestra.
In advance of tonight's concert, Merchant spoke with the Spartanburg Herald Journal's Tim Kimzey about the new album and about raising her daughter, who inspired the album, in upstate New York, where the two enjoy such things as gardening together, "'planting seeds and watching them grow,'" she says.
Kimzey makes a connection between such fertile pastimes and Merchant's having set the poetry of others to her own music. "Merchant has done the same with her latest collection of songs," he writes, "taking the words from writers before her, and putting them back into the ground to blossom once more, while possibly introducing a new audience to them."
You can read the article at goupstate.com.
Glide magazine, reviewing a recent performance in Oakland, California, says of the new album that "the care and thoughtfulness of each song’s instrumentation, the varied arrangements and styles and the precision of studio production all showcase once again that Natalie Merchant not only has the chops to be one of the best singer-songwriters of her generation, but rather she is one of the defining ones."
Reviewer Peter Zimmerman later concludes of Leave Your Sleep that "this whole project reminds me that whenever Natalie takes on a new venture, she pours her heart, soul and talent into it, and the results always astound me. If you gather up the patience and with an open mind dive into this project and this tour, the emotional and spiritual benefits are joyous and invigorating."
Read the complete review at glidemagazine.com.
For more on the upcoming tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Leave Your Sleep with the complete album included as high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.