Motherland - Natalie Merchant
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  • Summary: The singer's third solo album was produced by T-Bone Burnett.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Track after solid track, "Motherland" is a collection of pure, soulful offerings.
  2. Merchant has achieved a lovely balance of art and craft.
  3. 80
    The thread which binds is Merchant's seductive, bittersweet voice, something which quickly finds the richer you, than nourishes it. [Dec 2001, p.104]
  4. 80
    Natalie Merchant has made an album of elemental beauty... she's never sounded better. [Jan 2002, p.140]
  5. These tunes don't have the big melodic hooks of "Wonder" or "Jealousy," but that doesn't lessen their beauty. [16 Nov 2001, p.172]
  6. 60
    Like her two previous solo records, Merchant's stately gloom is the stuff of pretension and precision, and her serviceably beautiful voice comes off as either darkly charming or annoyingly lilting (sometimes both at the same time).
  7. At times her dark warnings about the devil and bluesy intonation sound affected, but full marks for trying out new ground. [Dec 2001, p.127]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6