Natalie Merchant On World Cafe

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Natalie Merchant

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Set List

"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.