Produced by

Natalie Merchant

Thursday, April 15, 2010

After a seven-year period of silence, singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant is back with "Leave Your Sleep," an ambitious two-disc set that features songs adapted from poems by British Victorians, early-and mid-20th century Americans and contemporary writers, as well as anonymous nursery rhymes. Some 130 musicians took part. The former 10,000 Maniacs singer joins us to perform live.

Guests:

Natalie Merchant

Comments [14]

mariya

she is so incredible... wonderful voice! i saw her live in city town hall - amazing atmosphere,brilliant music,unforgettable experience... just great..

Dec. 17 2010 09:52 PM
BrianA from Austin, TX, USA

Absolutely brilliant -- and, if it's not heresy, I actually much prefer this WNYC Soundcheck version over the finished product on the album, as it is that well-done here. As Geoff stated, the restraint in this particular performance is a real part of its power -- almost too beautiful for words.

Nov. 13 2010 01:57 PM
Laura Poor

Natalie,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful beauitful music with your fans. I work in a field with animals and I play this for them the ones who may have been nervous before and scared its amazing to see how much it helps their stress. Hope to get a chance to see this live come to the bay area please, and again thank you my animals thank you too

Apr. 20 2010 09:06 PM
Geoff Clunie from Los Angeles

Brilliantly restrained yet powerful. Natalie is breathing life back into these poems. Love ya!

Apr. 20 2010 04:48 PM
Heather from New York City

Natalie is amazing. She is creative beyond her years and she gets more intriguing as time goes on. She has been performing most of her adult life...and she only gets better. OMG - her voice. I was crushed when the "Maniacs" split, but it really allowed her to showcase her many talents.I cannot see Natalie enough - live.

Apr. 20 2010 12:48 PM
Dolores Toolis from Chicago

Last time I checked "Leave Your Sleep" is the no.1 on the bestsellers of Borders, Banres & Noble and Amazon. No. 3 or 8 on iTunes. In my opinion the only reason she is not No.1 on iTunes is because the people want the actual high quality CD & feel iTunes can't compare to the actual CD. For me the only way I would by on iTunes if my CD got damaged, but thats me. Natalie's previous CDs like Ophelia, Retrospect is also high quality for the times it was released. She has a beautiful voice & hope wins a grammy for this she certainly deserves this. As for Nonesuch Co. you've really have something special I hope it exceed all your expectations on this talented, unique singer.

Apr. 18 2010 11:15 PM
Rob from The Hague, Netherlands

The new album is a masterpiece! Best album of 2010!

Apr. 17 2010 11:11 AM
Denise Miller from Montclair

Very beautiful, love it.

Apr. 17 2010 09:56 AM
Hieu Ngo from Canada

This is my most favorite CD this year. Natalie Merchant puts so much passion, hard work and integrity into her work that she commands appreciation...She's indeed breathed new life into these old children poems...

Apr. 17 2010 03:10 AM
Laurie from NJ

This work is a masterpiece. I hope it get the attention it deserves.

Apr. 17 2010 02:22 AM
TonyL from Boston, MA

Natalie Merchant is an iconic figure, someone who will only be more and more appreciated as time goes on.

Apr. 16 2010 10:18 AM
Kathy Donovan from New Hartford, NY

Thank you Natalie for giving voice back to these poets. Your graceful compositions bring them back to us, and they live on.

Apr. 16 2010 05:52 AM
Katy Bones from Manhattan

What a beautiful song. It reminds me of the Phil Ochs song "The Highwayman" which is a rendition of the Alfred Noyes poem.

Apr. 15 2010 10:52 PM
The Truth from BKNY

Beautiful song.

Apr. 15 2010 02:41 PM

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