Leave Your Sleep

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Leave Your Sleep
Studio album by Natalie Merchant
Released 9 April 2010 (2010-04-09)
Recorded July 2008 - May 2009
Genre Folk
Label Nonesuch
Producer Natalie Merchant, Andres Levin
Natalie Merchant chronology
Retrospective: 1995-2005
(2005)
Leave Your Sleep
(2010)
Natalie Merchant
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (75/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (favorable)[3]
Billboard (favorable)[4]
Drowned in Sound (4/10)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Paste (7.7/10)[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Q 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]

Leave Your Sleep is a double concept album by Natalie Merchant and is her fifth solo album. The album is "a project about childhood" and is a collection of music adapted from 19th and 20th century British and American poetry about childhood.[10] BBC Music describes it as "200 years of lyrical and musical history, washing beautifully by."[3]

Tracks[edit]

Disc 1 (Leave your Supper)[11]
No. Title Length
1. "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience"   5:10
2. "Equestrienne"   4:38
3. "Calico Pie"   2:41
4. "Bleezer's Ice-Cream"   5:16
5. "It Makes a Change"   3:30
6. "The King of China's Daughter"   2:39
7. "The Dancing Bear"   5:37
8. "The Man in the Wilderness"   3:44
9. "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May"   4:06
10. "If No One Ever Marries Me"   2:21
11. "The Sleepy Giant"   3:19
12. "The Peppery Man"   5:05
13. "The Blind Men and the Elephant"   5:32
Disc 2 (Leave your Sleep)
No. Title Length
1. "Adventures of Isabel"   3:23
2. "The Walloping Window Blind"   4:16
3. "Topsyturvey-World"   5:08
4. "The Janitor's Boy"   3:52
5. "Griselda"   5:50
6. "The Land of Nod"   4:04
7. "Vain and Careless"   4:42
8. "Crying, My Little One"   2:26
9. "Sweet and a Lullaby"   3:04
10. "I Saw a Ship A-Sailing"   2:12
11. "Autumn Lullaby"   3:21
12. "Spring and Fall: to a Young Child"   3:03
13. "Indian Names"   5:52

Inspiration[edit]

The sleeve notes credit inspiration for the songs of this album as follows:

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Position[13][14][15]
Austrian Album Charts 46
Belgian Flanders Album Charts 37
The Billboard 200 (U.S.) 17
Billboard Top Digital Albums (U.S.) 8
Billboard Top Folk Albums (U.S.) 1
Billboard Top Rock Albums 5
Dutch Album Charts 24
French Album Charts 90
German Album Charts 37
Greek Album Charts 23
Irish Album Charts 50
New Zealand Album Charts 30
UK Album Charts 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Leave Your Sleep". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Leave Your Sleep - Natalie Merchant". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lukowski, Andrzej (12 April 2010). "Review of Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2010-04-30). "Natalie Merchant, 'Leave Your Sleep'". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Robert (13 April 2010). "Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (16 April 2010). "Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep". Entertainment Weekly: 72. 
  7. ^ Leven, Jeff (1 April 2010). "Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Cooke, Jennifer (27 April 2010). "Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (10 May 2010). "Leave Your Sleep". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Leave Your Sleep (2CD): Natalie Merchant: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  12. ^ If No One Ever Marries Me poem by Laurence Alma-Tadema, ArtMagick Illustrated Poetry Collection
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 

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