Leave Your Sleep

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Leave Your Sleep
Natalie merchant - leave your sleep.jpg
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
Austrian Album Charts[13] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 37
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 90
Greek Album Charts 23
Irish Albums (IRMA)[16] 50
Italian Albums (FIMI)[17] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 24
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 46
US Billboard 200[22] 17
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[23] 8
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[24] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[25] 5
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[26] 9

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. ^ "Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 16, 2010". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep". Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Natalie Merchant | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  22. ^ "Natalie Merchant – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Natalie Merchant.
  23. ^ "Natalie Merchant – Chart history" Billboard Digital Albums for Natalie Merchant.
  24. ^ "Natalie Merchant – Chart history" Billboard Folk Albums for Natalie Merchant.
  25. ^ "Natalie Merchant – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Natalie Merchant.
  26. ^ "Natalie Merchant – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Natalie Merchant.

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