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.
Artist’s web site: www.nataliemerchant.com