Natalie Merchant

Biography: Took piano and voice lessons. Joined 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and released 8 albums with them. Has an older brother and sister and a younger brother. Dated drummer Peter Yanowitz for seven years. Dated Michael Stipe. Dated Robert Buck (guitarist for 10,000 Maniacs). Recently gave birth to a baby girl, Lucia, in 2003. Discography with 10,000 Maniacs Human Conflict Number Five (1982) Secrets of the I Ching (1983) The Wishing Chair (1985) In My Tribe (1987) Blind Man's Zoo (1989) Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990) Our Time in Eden (1992) MTV Unplugged (1993) Solo Discography Tigerlily (1995) Ophelia (1998) Live in Concert (1999) Motherland (2001) The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003) Personal quotes "I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control people's minds, I'd like to put something useful in." "I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd likeTook piano and voice lessons. Joined 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and released 8 albums with them. Has an older brother and sister and a younger brother. Dated drummer Peter Yanowitz for seven years. Dated Michael Stipe. Dated Robert Buck (guitarist for 10,000 Maniacs). Recently gave birth to a baby girl, Lucia, in 2003. Discography with 10,000 Maniacs Human Conflict Number Five (1982) Secrets of the I Ching (1983) The Wishing Chair (1985) In My Tribe (1987) Blind Man's Zoo (1989) Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990) Our Time in Eden (1992) MTV Unplugged (1993) Solo Discography Tigerlily (1995) Ophelia (1998) Live in Concert (1999) Motherland (2001) The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003) Personal quotes "I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control people's minds, I'd like to put something useful in." "I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd like to live in a culture of hope." "People always tell me that my live shows differ greatly from my albums, which are a little more meticulous and subdued. People come see me live, and I'm cracking jokes and dancing around like a savage, and it's truly unpredictable. There should be a record of that." "A lot of things are personal experiences disguised as other people's experiences. I can't remove the autobiographical slant from the things I write. You always bring yourself into what you're writing." "Britain was the first place I ever travelled outside the United States so when I arrived in London at the age of 19, everything was exciting - the sense of history and all these cute guys with British accents." Expand

Natalie Merchant's Scores

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Average career score: 76
Highest Metascore: 79 Motherland
Lowest Metascore: 73 Natalie Merchant
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 music reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
79 Motherland Nov 13, 2001 Primary Artist 8.5
78 Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings Nov 6, 2015 Primary Artist 10
75 Leave Your Sleep Apr 13, 2010 Primary Artist 8.8
73 Natalie Merchant May 6, 2014 Primary Artist / Producer 8.2