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Natalie Merchant On Her Evolution From Ensembles To Orchestras

Natalie Merchant On Her Evolution From Ensembles To Orchestras

A segment of the population will always connect singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant with 10,000 Maniacs, the Jamestown, N.Y. alt-rock band she joined in the early 1980s, when she was still a teenager. Merchant's career, however, really took off with "Tigerlily," her self-funded 1995 solo debut, a critical and commercial smash that yielded three hit songs: "Jealousy," "Wonder" and the sublime "Carnival." Every Merchant project since then, it seems, has been increasingly ambitious; she spent the last half-decade performing exclusively with orchestras and chamber ensembles, while 2010's "Leave Your Sleep," a 26-track exploration of...

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