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Ophelia

24 Aug 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Aug 2006
  • Release Date: 24 Aug 2006
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
  • Copyright: 2006 Elektra Entertainment Co. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 56:32
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  • ASIN: B001EYWSRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,519 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Sivers on 7 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Stunning, simply stunning. It's dark, deep, sad, depressing, emotive, atmospheric, emotional and one hell of a journey from start to finish. If you want 'pop' don't buy this! If you like expressive lyrics sung by a haunting voice then this is the best you can do.

"My Skin" is as dark and depressing as you can get. Yet, by the time the full instrumental ending kicks in, it becomes one of the most uplifting pieces of music you can listen to.

Natalie Merchant IS acquired taste. But without sampling, your life will be poorer for it!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Londonist on 30 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a gorgeous album, packed with stunningly good melodies and arrangements. It is lush, epic, and beautifully written and performed. Natalie Merchant's voice is a thing of startling loveliness, delicacy and emotional depth. Piano, cello, violin and delicate guitar contribute enormously on every track. Peter Yanowitz' trumpet on Break Your Heart is divine. Although the album demands some emotional maturity in the listener, as evidenced by some of the negative reviews here, many of the songs can only be described as uplifting.
Outstanding, classic tracks include 'Ophelia', 'Life is Sweet', 'Frozen Charlotte' and 'The Living'. Only two tracks tend to disappoint - 'Kind and Generous', with its simplistic happy-clappy lyrics, and 'When They Ring the Golden Bells', on which the initial section is marred by Karen Perlis' rather saccharine guest vocals.
Listening to this album, the most depressing thought that comes to my mind is that someone who would appreciate and enjoy it might be put off by the unhelpful, aggressive Amazon review. Complaints about emotional tone are completely inappropriate - what next, reviews of Gregorian chants saying "this is a bit of a downer, lighten up lads!" Grow up Michael, this is Amazon, not NME - you're here to sell albums, not rip them to shreds. The only pretension here is your own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil H on 14 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ophelia was Natalie Merchant's second solo album and to my mind her best. While Tigerlily has some truly lovely moments it was a bit tentative and inconsistent, Merchant seemed to have went all out to make a small, close knit album- possibly not totally in her comfort zone outwith a band environment yet. By the time she made Ophelia this seemed to be something she had moved past and this album became something special and beautiful.

The songs are almost universally beautiful, starting with the title track. Many of the songs feature a degree of orchestration that buoys them and elevates them, acting as one of the album's main strengths. The opening track introduces the various Ophelias whose images adorn the album sleeve- a daring cannonball, a mafia moll- over a fantastic rhythmic drumbeat and escalating organ sound. Its attention grabbing and promises much.

From there excellent song after excellent song follow. Break Your Heart sounds, well, heart-breaking with an understated and mutedly beautiful trumpet underlaying the whole sound. My Skin is a song about the sort of love that's so intense that it is damaging and self destructive and the music carries the concept and Life Is Sweet marries its title to a song that has a gorgeous string arrangement and lyrics that suggest the sweetness must be earned. These pale compared to King of May, a stunning elegy for the everyman who deserves a cardboard crown and a hole in the sky when we "raise a loving cup" to his long life. It's a funeral song so uplifting that it really is proof that life is indeed sweet and it's a song that I want played at my own funeral.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
Throughout the years Natalie Merchant has been many women, a barefoot folkie helicopter dancing around a stage, a PSA doyen preaching to the converted, and a musical earth mother. She grew up in 10,000 Maniacs, and its not surprising that when she produced Tigerlily it was as un-Maniacal is you could imagine..... or so I thought at the time. Then she gave birth to Ophelia, her latest baby, and boy does she not sound like her sisters.
Ophelia is a lush, orchestral monument to Merchants own feminine vanity, but while it could have been a true folly it stands as her greatest triumph to date. From the opening intonation of Ophelia (wherein Merchant play acts herself as all the things she's not been yet), to the closing intonation of, well, Ophelia Reprised, this is Merchant throwing her heart and soul into a musical project in a way she hasn't seemed to since In My Tribe. Only "Kind and Generous" and "Effigy" grate, the former because of the Hallmark sentimentality and the latter because even on an album this good there is limits to the acceptibility of pretension which are reached at Tibetan translations. The earnest beauty of tracks like "My Skin" and the fierce passion of "Thick As Thieves" stand out, and Merchant and Karen Peris certainly give it their all on "When They Ring The Golden Bells".
Peris is also present for one of Ophelia's (and possibly mErchant's career's) finest moments. "Frozen Charlotte" is a love song of astonishing beauty. The tenderness of both women's voices is touching, while the gentle patience that Merchant's character displays to the hurt Peris is almost heart-breaking, it is worth the cost of the album alone.
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