Music

Motherland Never the sunniest songwriter, Merchant develops a bout of the blues on this often exquisite minor-key outing. T Bone Burnett's scruffy Americana ...Motherland Never the sunniest songwriter, Merchant develops a bout of the blues on this often exquisite minor-key outing. T Bone Burnett's scruffy Americana ...2001-11-16
B

Motherland

Lead Performer: Natalie Merchant; Producer (group): Elektra; Status: In Season

Never the sunniest songwriter, Merchant develops a bout of the blues on this often exquisite minor-key outing. T Bone Burnett’s scruffy Americana production (banjo, accordion, violin, and pump organ) complements her neo-gothic tales of lost love, betrayal, and other crimes of the heart. These tunes don’t have the big melodic hooks of ”Wonder” or ”Jealousy,” but that doesn’t lessen their beauty – it just makes us listen harder to find it.

Originally posted November 16 2001 — 12:00 AM EST

More from Our Partners