Album Review: Retrospective by Natalie Merchant

Album Name: Retrospective (1995-2005)
Artist: Natalie Merchant
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Well, I don’t think I have to tell you how fabulous and classy Natalie Merchant is. She’s a staple, a leader in this whole women-in-music thing we all love. So she’s almost like an icon to me.

She was one of the first women I spotlighted on this site back in the early days.

I have many of her CDs and have reviewed “Motherland” here.

But it is very nice to have all your favorite songs of hers in one CD. Well, not all, I have a special fondness for some of her 10,000 Maniacs songs since they helped get me through college. But that’s OK.

The track listing shown here is from The copy I got had only the first CD in it. Funny thing is, the booklet only lists those songs too. So there must be more than one version of this release.

I knew all the songs on the first disc (the one I got) but the second one, the songs don’t look all familiar to me, so it would have been nice to hear that one. I have been a fan, but not a fanatic-fan so I don’t know all her songs in and out. I may know some of those, but I’m sure some were new to me.

One thing I love is that the booklet that accompanies this CD has a little note from Natalie about each song. I love reading those insights.

This is a great compilation, I’m sure the two disc version is even better (but mine was free so I’m not complaining).

Still my favorites: “Carnival” and “San Andreas Fault”

Posted on October 12, 2005

Track Listing
Disc: 1
1. Wonder
2. Carnival
3. Jealousy (Single Version)
4. San Andreas Fault
5. Kind & Generous
6. Break Your Heart
7. Life is Sweet
8. Living
9. Build A Levee
10. Not In This Life
11. Motherland
12. Owensboro
13. Sally Ann

Disc: 2
1. She Devil
2. Cowboy Romance
3. Children Go Where I Send Thee
4. Birds and Ships
5. Lowlands of Holland
6. One Fine Day
7. Photograph
8. Party of God
9. Thick As Thieves
10. Bread and Circuses
11. Because I Could Not Stop For Death
12. Tell Yourself
13. But Not For Me
14. I Know How To Do It
15. Come Take A Trip in My Airship

[Natalie Merchant Official Site]


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