Tigerlily

Tigerlily is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, released on June 20, 1995, following her departure from the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs.

Tigerlily
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 1995
RecordedDecember 1994-March 1995
StudioBearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY
GenreAlternative rock
Length52:06
LabelElektra
ProducerNatalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant chronology
Tigerlily
(1995)
Ophelia
(1998)
Singles from Tigerlily
  1. "Carnival"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Wonder"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Jealousy"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
Mojo(favorable)[4]
Musician Magazine(favorable)[5]
Q4.5/5 stars[citation needed]
Robert Christgau(neither)[6]
Rolling Stone1.5/5 stars[7]

Tigerlily peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2001.[8] It contained three singles that charted in the Billboard Hot 100: "Carnival" (No. 10), "Wonder" (No. 20), and "Jealousy" (No. 23).

Re-releasesEdit

Tigerlily was re-released in 1996 as a 2-CD set, with the second CD containing a remix of the song "Jealousy" and live performances from her tour.

In 2015, to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary, Merchant rerecorded the songs from the album and released them as Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings.[9]

BackgroundEdit

The song "River" is a tribute to River Phoenix.[10][11]

Aileen Wuornos had requested that Merchant's song "Carnival" be played at her funeral, and the song later appeared in the credits of the 2003 documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. Merchant later commented:

"When director Nick Broomfield sent a working edit of the film, I was so disturbed by the subject matter that I couldn't even watch it. Aileen Wuornos led a tortured, torturing life that is beyond my worst nightmares. It wasn't until I was told that Aileen spent many hours listening to my album Tigerlily while on death row and requested "Carnival" be played at her funeral that I gave permission for the use of the song. It's very odd to think of the places my music can go once it leaves my hands. If it gave her some solace, I have to be grateful."[12]

ReceptionEdit

Reviews of Tigerlily were mostly positive. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating, observing that, "with its unadorned, keyboard-based arrangements, Tigerlily is more sparely produced than anything Merchant did with 10,000 Maniacs, yet the starkness works in her favor. ... The hooks on this album are subtler, and ultimately Merchant sounds both more natural and affecting." While Browne expressed a desire for Merchant to "lighten up," he also praised her "uncompromising vision."[13]

In the Los Angeles Times 1995 Holiday Gift Guide, Jean Rosenbluth awarded the album three stars out of four, stating, "A rejuvenated Merchant sounds considerably more mature and womanly than the 10,000 Maniacs gave her room to be. Positive progress for a talent that is still in bloom."[14]

Al Weisel of Rolling Stone magazine gave the album one and a half stars out of five, calling the album "bloodless and limp," and claiming Merchant's voice had "nearly deteriorated into self-parody." Weisel added, "With its surfeit of blindly self-obsessed lyrics and lulling lite-rock arrangements, the bulk of Tigerlily provides a perfect soundtrack for the Prozac nation."[15]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album four and a half stars out of five, concluding that "the added emphasis on rhythmic texture works, creating an intimate but not exclusive atmosphere that holds throughout the record, even when her occasionally sophomoric, sentimental poetry threatens to sink the album in the weight of its own preciousness."[16]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Natalie Merchant except where noted.

  1. "San Andreas Fault" – 3:57
  2. "Wonder" – 4:26
  3. "Beloved Wife" – 5:03
  4. "River" – 5:32
  5. "Carnival" – 5:59
  6. "I May Know the Word" – 8:07
  7. "The Letter" – 2:12
  8. "Cowboy Romance" – 4:39
  9. "Jealousy" – 2:41
  10. "Where I Go" – 3:59
  11. "Seven Years" – 5:31
1996 Bonus CD
  1. "Jealousy" (Remix Edit) – 2:44
  2. "Sympathy for the Devil" (Live) (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 5:17
  3. "Baby I Love You/Son of a Preacher Man (Medley)" (Live) (Ronnie Shannon, John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 5:54
  4. "Take a Look" (Live) (Allen Toussaint) – 3:45
  5. "The Work Song" (Live) (Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr.) – 3:52

PersonnelEdit

  • Natalie Merchant – vocals, piano, organ, vibraphone
  • Jennifer Turner – acoustic & electric guitar, background vocals
  • Peter Yanowitz – percussion, drums
  • Barrie Maguire – bass, 12 string guitar
  • John Holbrook – organ (3, 9), electric guitar (1, 9), engineer
  • Adrián López Guevarra – percussion (5, 10)
  • Matt Henderson – bass, electric guitar (1)
  • Jay Ungar – violin (8)
  • Katell Keineg – background vocals (5)
  • Michelle Kinney – cello (11)
  • Eric Schenkman – electric guitar (9)
  • Randy Grant – percussion (1)

ChartsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Peak Position
1995 "Carnival" Billboard Hot 100 10
1995 "Carnival" Modern Rock Tracks 12
1995 "Carnival" Top 40 Mainstream 4
1995 "Carnival" Adult Top 40 8
1995 "Carnival" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
1995 "Wonder" Modern Rock Tracks 16
1995 "Wonder" Top 40 Mainstream 32
1996 "Wonder" Adult Contemporary 18
1996 "Wonder" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
1996 "Wonder" Adult Top 40 2
1996 "Wonder" Top 40 Mainstream 7
1996 "Wonder" Billboard Hot 100 20
1996 "Jealousy" Billboard Hot 100 23
1996 "Jealousy" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
1996 "Jealousy" Adult Contemporary 17
1996 "Jealousy" Adult Top 40 5
1996 "Jealousy" Top 40 Mainstream 8

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tigerlily at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Tigerlily - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Holiday Gift Guide : Calendar's little helpers offer suggestions in pop, jazz, holiday, family and classical music, plus videos, computer games and books. (Good news: They're easy to wrap.) : POP MUSIC". latimes. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Mojo, 7/95, p. 110
  5. ^ Musician Magazine, 9/95, p. 93
  6. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Natalie Merchant". Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Natalie Merchant". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum, Natalie Merchant".
  9. ^ "Nonesuch to Release Natalie Merchant's "Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings" with Companion Documentary on DVD November 6". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Natalie Merchant". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Tigerlily at AllMusic
  12. ^ "News: Aileen Wuornos Documentary". NatalieMerchant.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  13. ^ "Tigerlily - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  14. ^ "Holiday Gift Guide : Calendar's little helpers offer suggestions in pop, jazz, holiday, family and classical music, plus videos, computer games and books. (Good news: They're easy to wrap.) : POP MUSIC". latimes. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "Natalie Merchant". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  16. ^ Tigerlily at AllMusic
  17. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  21. ^ "Natalie Merchant Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  22. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  23. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1996". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2020.