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5.0 out of 5 stars
Leave you Sleep Natalie Merchant, 21 May 2010
Since "House Carpenters Daughter" I thought Natalie had gone for good but here she is with what can only be described as an absolutely amazing piece of musical whimsy. The concept is sound; take poems from child hood and set them to music. But here is the thing, how do you do this without losing the integrity of the words whilst still attracting an adult listener? There could be a tendency to be banal with oversimplified music having that rhymatic beat that is so very prevelant in childhood songs. Merchant however avoids all of the obvious traps and has created a double CD which is varied, interesting, musically innovative, full of outstanding musicianship and quite simply glorious. Covering a variety of musical styles, Jazz, classical, traditional folk, bluegrass and more, she interweaves the words of the poems into a rich, varied tapestry of spellbinding music. Here you will find sadness, humour, nonsense, longing etc in fact nearly every human emotion relayed neatly through words and music. I defy anyone not to be moved by the sadness and loneliness conveyed in my favourite's "The Land of Nod" or "if no one ever marries me" Quite simply this is a momentous project which Natalie has undertaken and it works exceptionally well. Some of the songs I found took some listening too but when that dawning of realisation comes upon you that this CD is like a good book, full of depth, demanding respect and superbly well crafted you feel priviledged to be a part of the whole experience. I thoroughly recommend this magnificent work to you. If your serious about music and the written word you will not be disappointed. I promise.