She was everywhere for a while....the soundtrack to every TV show, over every loudspeaker.
And then - poof, she was gone.
I know she's had a few albums out but no one's heard much from this ho since the turn of the century?
WHET to her? And what happened when she left 10,000 Maniacs? Seems like there is scandal and gossip there.
She's probably hanging out with Shawn Colvin and Paula Cole waiting for Sonny and the cowboys.
Had a kid. Got fat and grey haired. The kid ruined her career and her looks.
I liked 10000 Maniacs but she became a grating bitch after going solo.
I have a musician friend that once threw a fit about NM: I will not listen to her! She always sounds the same! No matter what the song, she sings it exactly the same way!
This was back in the 90's when she was still popular. I'm pretty 'meh' on her myself. I have exactly three 10,000 Maniacs songs on my iTunes and that's all I need, thanks.
She does always sound the same and it wears you out.
Not a fan but "Break Your Heart" is wonderful.
Her most recent album is from 2010. Maybe she's taking a break?
She was doing her trademark whirling motion from the 10,000 Maniacs days onstage, fell and broke both hips. It's been a difficult recovery process.
But according to her official website, her touring schedule for 2013 is pretty packed:
I saw her in concert a couple of months ago with the Oregon Symphony. As someone mentioned upthread, she has gone gray and gained a little weight, but her voice is as great as it's ever been which is all that matters to me.
Morrissey detested her cover of his song "Every Day is Like Sunday."
Did Merchant beard for Michael Stipe? Or did she deny it when someone asked if they were dating?
R8 I've heard rumors about Merchant & Michael S where they used to mindfuck people a lot at social events. I don't think she bearded for him so much as that she was his wingman/hag.
I remember loving 10,000 Maniacs and REM circa 1993, hearing the rumor that Michael and Natalie were dating and fearing that MS (who was at his most gaunt then) had given her the HIV.
I think this is the first time I've read a thread on Natalie Merchant since the dawn of the internet.
She really just disappeared without a peep.
I love the timbre of her voice but hate her mushmouthed pronunciation. I rarely understand a word she sings.
Didn't she come out of the closet?
She was The Wicked Witch to asg...
She reminds of Bee of the Bear and Bee honeymoon in Paris and divorce in a year threads. Bee looks like a young version of Natalie and has all of the pretensions.
"...this ho..." OP, really? What the hell have you done that is so wonderful you can call anyone a ho? Clean the mold off your shower shoes.
She changed her name back to Selena Cohen and faded into obscurity.
Natalie Merchant got lost in the '90s and was never able to find her way out to the '00s.
Not here, it isn't, r18.
OP, or should I say "Edie Fucking Brickell," I love it!
I had a boyfriend who, when I mentioned her name, would wrinkle his nose, scowl and say, "Oh....THAT cunt."
LOL R23, but I can't imagine a more pleasant, inoffensive musician than Natalie Merchant. In all seriousness, her last album "Leave Your Sleep" is very soothing to listen to if you're in the mood for coffeehouse ambiance.
Love Tigerlily and Ophelia. Motherland is not as wonderful, but still good. Did she really break her hips?
Here she is performing Don't Talk last May. She's let her hair go grey, but she still has that voice. In fact, it's more powerful than ever.
She was worn out from all the fucking she and Stipe used to do together.
I love this video of her singing Kind and Generous at a TED conference in 2010. At 2:06 she tells the audience to sit the fuck down - "It's my turn. I still have two minutes. 'K, we're going to start that verse again." Then at 3:20 she give them to permission to stand up again.
IMO her best work was with the 10,000 Maniacs' brilliant album that put them on the map, "In My Tribe". It's still one of my favorite rock albums.
Every hipster girl at my college aped her look in the late '80s. I never want to see those smelly little mary jane chinese shoes again. I can still hear their fabric scuffing against the hallway floors.
And the patchouli...the patchouli!
She's very racist.
I liked 10,000 Maniacs as a teenager, but always felt ashamed by it. Critics hated them. I always thought she had a great voice and her songwriting was meaningful.
Her solo music lacked any musicianship. Too bad she couldn't find another band.
Our Time In Eden is brilliant. One of my favorite albums ever. Yes, she's hard to understand in terms of annunciation. Worth following along with the lyrics to the gorgeously moving songs about life, relationships, beginnings and ends - all expressed with a lot of sadness and vulnerability. I always respected her for not revealing to the world in advance (and only to her longtime bandmates) that it would be her last with the band. She allowed them to plan ahead financially through one last cycle of album and tour plus the massive hit of MTV Unplugged.
She always seemed to really care a bit too much about things. I am sure there are worse traits. I know I have a few.
"To think of my task is chilling.
To know I was carefully building the mask I was wearing
For two years swearing I'd tear it off.
I've sat in the dark explaining
To myself that I'm straining too hard for feelings I ought to find easily.
Call myself Jezebel.
I don't believe."
^ Our time in eden was by far their best produced album.
10,000 Maniacs were very similar to the Smiths (jangle guitar sound/socially conscious lyrics), but they lacked Morrissey's charisma. Nobody thought they were cool.
R35 evidence for Natalie being racist?
She looks how I imagine a cubefrau.
Distinctive but terrible voice. Nails on a chalkboard voice to me.
Don't forget about me, R1!
There's no real reason she couldn't still have a little bit of a career as a muzak singer. She just hasn't really put out much of substance. She came out with her last above average album, Motherland, in 2001. Sometimes I hear a few of the ho-hum songs from it playing at TJ Maxx or what have you. Her last album was filled with a bunch of reinterpreted children's songs, not really the type of thing that sells or captures any attention.
To the person who mentioned Our Time in Eden (10000 Maniacs album), I really recommend it to anyone on here. Someone quoted lyrics from the song "Jezebel" which is on that album. It has some of the best song lyrics, ever, in my view.
Speaking of Natalie Merchant always sounding the same no matter what song she is singing, I think Cher sounds exactly the same on every song she sings.
A huge bore! (Cher, that is)