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Natalie Merchant Creates "Uplifting Show" with "Cheerful Vibes" and "Tender, Intimate Voice," Says Chicago Tribune

  • Friday, July 23, 2010
    Natalie Merchant Creates "Uplifting Show" with "Cheerful Vibes" and "Tender, Intimate Voice," Says Chicago Tribune

    Natalie Merchant's US tour, featuring music from her recent Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, has made its way to the Midwest, where Merchant and her eight-piece band performed songs from the new album and favorites from earlier solo albums and 10,000 Maniacs at the Chicago Theatre last night. The Chicago Tribune says it was an "uplifting show," in which Merchant's "multimedia presentation enchanted with childlike wonder and wide-eyed imagination."

    Reviewing the concert for the Tribune, Bob Gendron further describes that multimedia presentation, in which Merchant introduces the audience to the poets whose words she set to music to create the songs of Leave Your Sleep, as part of a joyful exchange with the receptive audience. "Merchant's refreshing enthusiasm and approachable demeanor carried over to her informed introductions of poets ranging from the familiar (e.e. cummings) to the obscure (Arthur Macy)," he writes. "Yet the folk-based music—and Merchant's tender, intimate voice—did the heavy lifting."

    For further evidence of "the evening's cheerful vibes" and that of the songs on the new album, Gendron cites the singer-songwriter herself: "'Who said poetry isn't fun?,' asked Merchant, having seemingly stumbled across a secret that's eluded English teachers for decades."

    Read the complete concert review at chicagotribune.com.

    Merchant continues to perform in the Midwest into next week, before she heads to the UK for a set at the Cambridge Folk Festival. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    To pick up a copy of Leave Your Sleep on CD with the complete album included as high-quality MP3s at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.

on July 23, 2010 - 11:15am
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Natalie Merchant brought her Leave Your Sleep tour to the Chicago Theatre for what the Chicago Tribune calls an "uplifting show," in which Merchant's "multimedia presentation enchanted with childlike wonder and wide-eyed imagination." The Tribune cites her "refreshing enthusiasm and approachable demeanor" and, most important, her "tender, intimate voice."

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Natalie Merchant's US tour, featuring music from her recent Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, has made its way to the Midwest, where Merchant and her eight-piece band performed songs from the new album and favorites from earlier solo albums and 10,000 Maniacs at the Chicago Theatre last night. The Chicago Tribune says it was an "uplifting show," in which Merchant's "multimedia presentation enchanted with childlike wonder and wide-eyed imagination."

Reviewing the concert for the Tribune, Bob Gendron further describes that multimedia presentation, in which Merchant introduces the audience to the poets whose words she set to music to create the songs of Leave Your Sleep, as part of a joyful exchange with the receptive audience. "Merchant's refreshing enthusiasm and approachable demeanor carried over to her informed introductions of poets ranging from the familiar (e.e. cummings) to the obscure (Arthur Macy)," he writes. "Yet the folk-based music—and Merchant's tender, intimate voice—did the heavy lifting."

For further evidence of "the evening's cheerful vibes" and that of the songs on the new album, Gendron cites the singer-songwriter herself: "'Who said poetry isn't fun?,' asked Merchant, having seemingly stumbled across a secret that's eluded English teachers for decades."

Read the complete concert review at chicagotribune.com.

Merchant continues to perform in the Midwest into next week, before she heads to the UK for a set at the Cambridge Folk Festival. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

To pick up a copy of Leave Your Sleep on CD with the complete album included as high-quality MP3s at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:00
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Comments

Good Evening.

I was lucky to be an audience member last night at the Chicago Theatre, 18 years after seeing 10,000 Maniacs there during the Our Time In Eden tour.

Being a poet myself, as well as a fan of some of the writers on Miss Merchant's new album, I remain in awe of this new album. The timeless sound of each song, reminiscint for me of everything from a county fair in the early 20th Century to eating ice cream until sickness in the 70's, I could go on. Her vocals on these songs beckon me back to me at 18-22, when I listened to her music constantly. Production wise, I am by far no expert, but can merely educate a guess that it was painstaking and a labour of everpresent love for her little girl.

The show last night was almost three hours, and we left wanting more Miss Merchant. I have seen 10,000 Maniacs a number of times, and last night Natalie seemed to be at ease in her skin and at one with her surroundings, a dervish finally centered in the nucleus of her world. When she whirled for her long-time fans, just waiting to see her hair spin and bring them back to the late 80's, there was a childlike feeling about it. She will never lose that, because she has faith in her artistic vision and always will.

I have been compared in looks to Natalie, and thankfully since she's tiny and I am so not, so I have always felt very close to her and her music.

Last night my spirit danced to beautiful music.

Thanks!

Doree McNulty

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