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Natalie Merchant — Take a Look (live)
Album: AAA Radio Sampler
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5.7

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Total ratings: 223









Released: 1996
Length: 3:36
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Take a look at this heart
It's the one I'm gonna ust to love you
Take a look at these arms
These are the arms I'm gonna use to hug you
Look at these eyes
These are the eyes that will haunt you
Ohhhh take a look at this girl
She's the girl that wants you
Take a look at my feet
that are gonna walk up to your door
Take a look at this head, Take a look at these hips, It's gonna knock(?)
like n
Look at these lips
There gonna kiss you and
I know they'll haunt you
Ohhh Take a look at this girl
I'm the girl that wants you
Ohhh take a look at that reef
That you see lying in the window
Take a look at that poor little dimple spot on my third finger
If you wanna see someone who's gonna be happy as can be
Take a look at me
Take a look at me
Tame eeee
Take a look at this heart
It's the one I'm gonna ust to look at these arms
There the ones I'm gonna use to hold you
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I adore Natalie Merchant.
File:NatalieMerchantTigerlily.jpg

"Take a Look" (Live) (written by Allen Toussaint ), is a beautiful song by Natalie Merchant included in Bonus CD 1999, track number 4, the special edition of the album "Tigerlily" originally published in 1995.
Already now, say it's a great album, still considered today, and contains a lot of great songs emblematic quality that characterize the aesthetic and artistic unmistakable sense of Natalie Merchant "at its best", which persisted over time, for exemple songs, among others, as San Andreas Faul, Wonder, River, Beloved Wife, Carnival, Cowboy Romance, Jealousy, Seven Years, "Sympathy for the Devil" (Live). "Take a Look" (Live), "The Work Song" (Live).

Natalie Merchant wrote and recorded a memorably controversial song, simply named "River", a tribute to River Phoenix, actor, musician and activist (like too the song "E-Bow the Letter" by Michael Stipe).

Obviously the random share of 5.6 assigned here, as in so many other songs above average level, it is inadequate and does not reflect the real value nor the song, nor the magnificent whole Album. There we go, trying to figure out why ...

I know there are descriptions and allusions to the film documentary by filmmaker Nick Broomfield, and about the song "Carnival", i dispense myself from commenting here, each will search if want.


Nice, back when she put some effort into a song
I did a web search for cover art for this obscure radio promo release, and found this -- a scan (by a NM fan I've never heard of) of the copy that used to live in the KPIG library, complete with cover notes by my late compatriot Laura Ellen & a song key notation by yours truly (I'd forgotten that I used to do that). Quite the blast from the past, as the DJs say...


Natalie Merchant, Paradiso 11-05-2010 by Guus Krol
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I wonder when this was recorded.  Her recent work is, for me, unlistenable, though I love her work with 10,000 Maniacs.  This, though, good enough for me.  A 6 on first listen with, potential for higher.  A country feel and it works for her.  I hope she's re-found her younger voice.
I've always loved Natalie's sound.  I love these earthier American tunes!
A bit of a country feel to it- not bad.
Very nice! First thought, that its Crissie Hynde singing!!
Shoot.............I may have to change my opinion about her.  This song makes me want to sing along and grab my wife.{#Hearteyes}

NICE TUNE.

{#Clap}
Nice, very fine band too.
Is this the trembling voice set? Who's next, Tracy Chapman?
 Mandible wrote:
I was sitting here working and I THOUGHT I heard a goat. And looky. I was right!
 
Yah, she's ALMOST as bad as Tori Amos.

Off-key almost all the time on this one. Awful.{#Stop}
 jktravl wrote:
Nat is so much better than this filler tune
 
NOT!!!

I was sitting here working and I THOUGHT I heard a goat. And looky. I was right!
Nice. {#Hearteyes}  Haven't heard this one. Back in my youth (80s-90s), I always wanted Natalie to bear one of my children. {#Kiss} {#Hug}However, as I've matured, and learned that she can be more than a bit challenging interpersonally.  So the offer still stands but, at this point,  we'd definitely have to live apart. I just can't put up with that kind of b.s. in my life any more...not even for Natalie Merchant.  {#Doh}{#Naughty}  LOL. {#Wink}

 holborne wrote:
Natalie Merchant = automatic 1 or 2.
 
just dropped 2=>1.  take a look at that.

 bizon wrote:
It's like having knitting needles rammed in one's ears!
  Better that than in one's eyes. Now that's gotta hurt.


 bizon wrote:
It's like having knitting needles rammed in one's ears!
 
Wow! I know many RPers detest NM, but this is rather extreme, I'd say!

Natalie Merchant = automatic 1 or 2.
The band is really into this one.
Lovely keyboard doodles, too.
jktravl wrote:
Nat is so much better than this filler tune

Ummmm, no.


It's like having knitting needles rammed in one's ears!
I have to turn it up a little when I hear NM. And to think we both enjoy Radio Paradise.
I have to turn off the radio every time I hear Nat's voice.
ThePoose wrote:
A producer once said to Neil Young during the taping of a multi-artist singsong that he sounded a little flat. Neil looked at him incredulously, then said, ''Sure--that's my sound, man.''
Which is fine, since Neil is about much more than voice. His guitar work and songwriting are more noteworthy than his voice. Ditto with Dylan or Waits or Cohen or many other artists who get common complaints about their singing abilities. Natalie sure puts her voice out in front and it is so dominant that the blatantly obvious flaws - "her sound, man" - are fair game for criticism IMO.
Nat is so much better than this filler tune
I wish Bill would play this tune more. This is the first time I have ever heard it. I'd like to hear it more, and, also, I'd like it to get a fully developed rating! It deserves better than this picket fence histogram!
Bocephus wrote:
I don't think I've ever heard a song from Natalie I like. Yick. I'll give it a 2 only because I'm feeling charitable today.
Gee thanks.
Bocephus wrote:
I don't think I've ever heard a song from Natalie I like. Yick. I'll give it a 2 only because I'm feeling charitable today.
Pompous ass.
I don't think I've ever heard a song from Natalie I like. Yick. I'll give it a 2 only because I'm feeling charitable today.
Leslie wrote:
Pretty good. She's slightly flat at times, but I like her and I can stand it.
Moi aussi.
:yawn:
Misterfixit wrote:
I wonder why some folks don't like NM? I mean, everyone has their likes and dislikes, but she does have a full and competent voice. Perhaps her subject materials?
No--for me it's the voice. It just grates on my nerves. I can't help thinking that a few voice lessons might help a great deal and it annoys me that either they haven't or worse, she hasn't bothered to go to a voice teacher.
mattt wrote:
These lyrics seem very uncharacteristic of Natalie Merchant.
Yeah, the song is C+W achy-breaky heartish.
This would be a much more enjoyable song if I could believe for a minute that Natalie Merchant was a woman who wanted anybody. She just seems so independent. update: Huh. Seems like I, my own self, posted on this earlier.
ThePoose wrote:
A producer once said to Neil Young during the taping of a multi-artist singsong that he sounded a little flat. Neil looked at him incredulously, then said, ''Sure--that's my sound, man.''
GOOD ONE!
she always reminds me of san fran, love it.
Leslie wrote:
Pretty good. She's slightly flat at times, but I like her and I can stand it.
A producer once said to Neil Young during the taping of a multi-artist singsong that he sounded a little flat. Neil looked at him incredulously, then said, ''Sure--that's my sound, man.''
Pretty good. She's slightly flat at times, but I like her and I can stand it.
I wonder why some folks don't like NM? I mean, everyone has their likes and dislikes, but she does have a full and competent voice. Perhaps her subject materials? This cut is very much Janis Joplin style, and before the JJ fans excoriate me, I have heard JJ alive and in concert twice and her quiet ballads were tear-bringing for their sincerety and warmth. I've heard NM in concert once (Lilith Fair) and she has that kind of earth mother warmth to her voice. Anyway, I liked this cut.
Bill's been playing quite a bit of obscure live stuff today. I wish there was more info available on some of these other than a title.
take a look at those ratings :beat:
These lyrics seem very uncharacteristic of Natalie Merchant.
I love goat cheese
2 ratings so far- a 1 and a 2- it's Lawrence Welk time
Never been a Natalie Merchant fan. She must have something going on. I just don't hear it.. oh well..
Check out the ratings! That's what I call bipolar...