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Selections from the Album Leave Your Sleep

“Leave Your Sleep” is Natalie Merchant\'s first studio album since 2003’s The House Carpenter’s Daughter. This release is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in Merchant’s words, “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.”

Available as a two-disc set and 1disc (this version being the 1disc set), “Leave Your Sleep”is a collection of songs adapted from poems selected by Merchant including pieces by both well-known and obscure writers. Featured are works by British Victorians, early- and mid-20th century Americans and contemporary writers as well as anonymous nursery rhymes and lullabies. Among the authors included are Ogden Nash, E.E. Cummings, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Graves.

Natalie Merchant was the original lead-singer for the alt rock band 10,000 Maniacs which she joined in 1981. Merchant left the band in 1993 after releasing more than five albums with the band, to purse a very successful solo career.

1. Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
2.The Man in the Wilderness
3. Equestrienne
4. The Dancing Bear
5. Calico Pie
6. The Janitor\'s Boy
7. The Peppery Man
8. Topsyturvey-World
9. Bleezer\'s Ice-Cream
10. It Makes a Change
11. Adventures of Isabel
12. The King of China\'s Daughter
13. The Sleepy Giant
14. If No One Ever Marries Me
15. maggie and milly and molly and may
16. Spring and Fall: to a young child.
Album: Selections from the Album Leave Your Sleep
# Song Title   Time
1)    Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
2)    Man in the Wilderness, The
3)    Equestrienne
4)    Dancing Bear, The
5)    Calico Pie
6)    Janitor's Boy, The
7)    Peppery Man, The
8)    Topsyturvey-World
9)    Bleezer's Ice-Cream
10)    It Makes a Change
11)    Adventures of Isabel
12)    King of China's Daughter, The
13)    Sleepy Giant, The
14)    If No One Ever Marries Me
15)    Maggie and Milly and Molly and May
16)    Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Steve Rosenthal.
  • Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN.
  • Illustrator: Joseph Martin Kronheim.
  • Introduction by: Natalie Merchant.
  • Photographers: Marion Ettlinger; Mark Seliger; Matthew Brady; Edward Weston; Sebastian Peake; Ben Pinchot; Charles L. Ritzmann.
  • After exploring American folk traditions with The House Carpenter's Daughter, Natalie Merchant ends a seven-year hiatus by issuing a different sort of concept album. Leave Your Sleep finds her ruminating on childhood over the course of two discs, with lyrics and music adapted from 19th century poetry.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music is beautiful and the vibe mellow..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The result is scholarly, sure, but surprisingly spirited, too." -- Grade: B+

Billboard (p.28) - "She has returned with a painstakingly constructed record that feels light and nimble, a credit to her still-impressive talent as a songwriter."

Paste (magazine) (p.63) - "Fans of the more sinewy TIGERLILY will be floored to discover that something so theoretically precious may well be her best work since 10,000 Maniacs."
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