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Leave Your Sleep (2CD)

By: Natalie Merchant

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1   Nursery Rhyme Of Innocence And Experience Buy Buy
2   Equestrienne Buy Buy
3   Equestrienne Buy Buy
4   The Dancing Bear Buy Buy
5   Calico Pie Buy Buy
6   The King Of China's Daughter Buy Buy
7   The Dancing Bear Buy Buy
8   The Man In The Wilderness Buy Buy
9   Bleezer's Ice-Cream Buy Buy
10   It Makes A Change Buy Buy
11   The Sleepy Giant Buy Buy
12   The King Of China's Daughter Buy Buy
13   The Sleepy Giant Buy Buy
14   If No One Ever Marries Me Buy Buy
15   Maggie And Milly And Molly And May Buy Buy
16   Topsyturvey-World Buy Buy
17   The Janitor's Boy Buy Buy
18   Griselda Buy Buy
19   The Land Of Nod Buy Buy
20   Vain And Careless Buy Buy
21   Crying, My Little One Buy Buy
22   Sweet And A Lullaby Buy Buy
23   I Saw A Ship A-Sailing Buy Buy
24   Autumn Lullaby Buy Buy
25   Spring And Fall: To A Young Child Buy Buy
26   Indian Names Buy Buy
27   Digital Booklet: Leave Your Sleep Buy  
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1   Adventures of Isabel    
2   The Walloping Window Blind    
3   Topsyturvey-World    
4   The Janitor's Boy    
5   Griselda    
6   The Land of Nod    
7   Vain and Careless    
8   Topsyturvey-World Buy Buy
9   Sweet and a Lullaby    
10   I Saw a Ship A-Sailing    
11   Adventures Of Isabel Buy Buy
12   Spring and Fall: to a young child    
13   Indian Names    
16   Spring And Fall: To A Young Child Buy Buy

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5 out of 5 stars Her best cd yet!!!!!, April 28, 2010
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Great concept for an album. Her music blends perfectly with the themes of the poetry.

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''This album captures so many magical moments, the best times I''ve ever had as a musician,'' declares singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant of ''Leave Your Sleep,'' her ambitious, two-disc Nonesuch debut. Merchant, celebrated solo artist and one-time voice of 10,000 Maniacs, took on what could have been a daunting task: she''s adapted 19th and 20th century British and American poetry - well-known and obscure works, anonymous rhymes, children''s lullabies, all of it timeless
material full of direct emotion - and fashioned new songs from these words. Among the poets she chose were Robert Graves, Charles Manley Hopkins, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The project, five years in the making, has clearly had a liberating effect on Merchant. Never has she sounded so free-spirited, so full of musical
adventure, whether backed by small jazzy combos or elegant chamber ensembles. The tracks she''s created range from exotic (''The King of China''s Daughter'') to earthy (''Peppery Man''), soothing (''I Saw A Ship A-Sailing'') to swinging (''The Janitor''s Boy''), mischievous (''It Makes A Change'') to moving (''Spring and Fall''). The string arrangements are particularly
stirring, recalling Joshua Rifkin''s now-classic work on Judy Collins'' ''Wildflowers.''
There''s plenty of child-like wonder, counterbalanced with grown-up sophistication. Says Merchant, ''It was an exciting, new approach for me to work with rhythm and rhyme schemes created by other writers. The poems inspired vastly different musical settings with their themes that ranged from humorous and absurd to tragic, romantic, and deeply spiritual. Over the course of three years I wrote 40 of these poem-songs and 30 were eventually recorded.''
Merchant co-produced ''Leave Your Sleep'' with Venezuelan musician-composer Andres Levin, a frequent collaborator of David Byrne and Arto Lindsay, and one of the creators of the eclectic Red Hot charity series. Over the course of a year''s worth of exhilarating, musically shape-shifting sessions, they drew upon no less than 125 musicians from the varied worlds
of, among other things, Cajun, country, jazz, chamber music, R&B, Celtic, and reggae. The revitalized Merchant explains, ''I called on old friends and approached many new musicians I only knew through admiring their work... The sessions were recorded in live ensemble workshop settings that captured pure and authentic sounds played with incredibly fresh and
spontaneous energy.''
''Leave Your Sleep'' is an inspired return for Merchant, her first studio album in six years - an effort long awaited by her considerable fan base. It also marks her 25th year as a uniquely successful major-label artist, one whose work has consistently enjoyed equal measures of commercial and critical success. Though she has regularly lent her talents over the last few years to the many nonprofit causes she supports, Merchant has actively returned to the concert stage in recent months, previewing material from ''Leave Your Sleep,'' on a series of dates in England and continental Europe. A full U.S. tour is being planned for summer 2010.

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