"The Man in the Wilderness"
"The Janitor's Boy"
"Maggie and Milly and Molly and May"
"The Sleepy Giant"
Concept albums can be tricky to pull off, but returning after a seven-year hiatus, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant does just that. On Leave Your Sleep, she adapts 19th- and 20th-century British and American poetry with authority. Her sweet signature vocals and interpretive knack return intact on this collection of songs about childhood.
In a session from World Cafe, Merchant takes the words of an anonymous poet, Nathalia Crane, e.e. cummings and Charles E. Carryl and sets them to song.