Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)

Natalie Merchant has a voice that possesses sweetness, purity, and power. By sweetness, I mean mellifluous, not the kind of saccharin-sweet that sends you into an insulin coma (like Olivia Newton-John).

Drawing on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is Natalie’s great masterpiece. The song tells the story of a woman who is insane, perhaps with dissociative identity disorder, who experiences herself as a number of different characters. At the top of this post is the video that Natalie created as a companion to the song.

Natalie cut her teeth in the band 10,000 Maniacs.

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One thought on “Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)

  1. Natalie and Grant are my favourite artists of all time. They also leave behind two of the best bands to come out of their continents. Great videos.

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