Natalie Merchant to release new self-titled album!

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This is proabbly some of the most exciting news we heard all year! Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant?s new self-titled album on May 6, 2014. The recording is the multi-platinum singer?s sixth solo collection, and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years. 

This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”

Combining three decades of experience in song writing and album making, Merchant’s production style is nuanced and pure. Her voice is framed by a balanced blend of electric and acoustic sound throughout with musicianship of exceptional quality. String, brass, and woodwind arrangements mingle with Hammond organ and electric guitar improvisations. Players include John Medeski, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon, and guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and gospel singer Corliss Stafford. Continue reading

Listen to Tori Amos’s new song “Trouble’s Lament”

Tori Amos has revealed ?Trouble?s Lament,? the first single from her forthcoming new studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. Set for release in the U.S. on May 13th on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics, Unrepentant Geraldines is pop/rock in both content and feel, and one step further in the evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation.

?Trouble?s Lament? is an eerie Southern blues song in which Amos?s matchless voice conjures up images of how the ?flames from Satan?s tongue are charged and licking at her heels??

?Having been born in North Carolina, the South walks with me wherever I am in the world,? says Amos. ?I can?t get it out of my DNA. I don?t know if it?s a genetic thing, because my mother?s side, so far back, is from the Eastern Cherokee nation. So it?s really in the blood. It?s almost like you listen to the land speaking to you. And wherever I am I can hear the South calling me. I really like the idea that trouble was a young woman?.I see her on my travels a lot. And maybe I knew her many years ago when I was in my twenties.?

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Loft List: 10 Mariah Carey songs that should have been singles!

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In recognition of Mariah Carey’s festive anniversary, we went back to rehash the many songs that could have been #1 singles for Mariah but weren’t. Well, at least we feel that way. Had some of these tracks been releases as CD singles with video, she could have broke the Beatles record by now. But, there’s nothing the next album can’t do. Anyway, check out our list and tell us what you think.

10. “To Be Around You” from Emotions

Why: This is a lovely gospel-tinted fast-paced tune that could have been a sing a long in the singer’s oeuvre.


9. “Prisoner” from Mariah Carey

Why: This Mariah-written pre-Kandi Buruss “good riddance” breakup song is probably one of the best uptempo Mariah songs in history. Also, it foreshadows Mariah’s future life, eerily.

8. “Standing O” from Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel

Why: Another breakup ditty with amazing lyrics and a great message. It could have been a #1 in our eyes.

7. “After Tonight” from Rainbow

Why: Some people call it “My All, Part II.” We think it’s probably the most radio-friendly MC ballad that wasn’t released as a single.

6. “Subtle Invitation” from Charmbracelet

Why: Great soul song with some amazing lyrics. Premium Mariah at a time the queen was going through a lot.

5. “Close My Eyes” from Butterfly 

Why: A legendary track that was a part of Mariah’s best album. A coming-of-age song with impeccable vocal acrobatics.

4.”Circles” from The Emancipation Of Mimi

Why: A beautiful lullaby that could have soared has it had a nice video.

3. “Yours” with Justin Timberlake (Unreleased)

Why: At the time this was recorded, many people thought this was the end of Mariah. Allegedly, Justin Timberlake’s camp thought it was not a right move for him. Too bad the duet was never release but the MC-only version is still on Charmbracelet.

2. “Do You Think Of Me” from Dreamlover CD Single (B-side)

Why: This is the b-side that never got justice. Slipping Away aside, this is probably the bes B-side MC ever release. It’s dark and haunting, yet has an amazingly infectious chorus. Something tells us Mariah loved this track but Tommy Mottola never made it happen.

1. “When I Saw You” from Daydream

Why: Only one of the most well-written songs in ballad history. Too bad it was overshadowed by other singles.