Ophelia (album)

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Ophelia
Natalie Merchant - Ophelia.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 19, 1998
RecordedJuly 1996 - May 1997
StudioTalking Dwarf Studios, Little Valley, New York & AIR Studios, London, England
GenrePop, rock, folk
Length56:38
LabelElektra
ProducerNatalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant chronology
Tigerlily
(1995)
Ophelia
(1998)
Live in Concert
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Pitchfork Media(4.1/10)[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

Ophelia is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, released on May 19, 1998 by Elektra Records. The album was supported by the singles "Kind & Generous" and "Break Your Heart", with the former being the most successful single of the album, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. "Break Your Heart" also received single and video treatment. These and the other videos from the album, plus three from Tigerlily, were gathered on a Warner Music Vision home video, also entitled Ophelia. "I love the opportunity to flex my thespian muscle," Merchant quips on it.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Natalie Merchant.[6]

  1. "Ophelia" – 5:10
  2. "Life is Sweet" – 5:12
  3. "Kind & Generous" – 4:07
  4. "Frozen Charlotte" (with Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission) – 5:23
  5. "My Skin" – 5:30
  6. "Break Your Heart" (with N'Dea Davenport) – 4:47
  7. "King of May" – 4:09
  8. "Thick as Thieves" – 6:57
  9. "Effigy" – 2:30
  10. "The Living" – 3:18
  11. "When They Ring the Golden Bells (with Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission) / Ophelia (Reprise)" (string arrangement by Gavin Bryars) – 9:33

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2012.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2008.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Q, 3/5 stars, May 1999
  6. ^ "Ophelia". AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Natalie Merchant – Ophelia". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "Natalie Merchant Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  12. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Natalie Merchant – Ophelia". Music Canada. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Natalie Merchant – Ophelia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 13, 2021. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.