Ophelia (album)

Ophelia (Album)

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Ophelia is the title of a 1998 album, film, and song by Natalie Merchant. As evidenced in the pictures in the booklet that comes with the album, Merchant seems to see Shakespeare's Ophelia as a figure encompassing many important feminine archetypes. The album and film explore several of these.

The song "King of May" is a tribute to poet Allen Ginsberg.

"Kind & Generous" is the most successful single of the album, reaching the Top 10 in the U.S. whilst Merchant was on tour with Lilith Fair. "Break Your Heart" also received single and video treatment.

In 2009, a line from My Skin is accompanied by haunting images of animal abuse served as the basis for an ASPCA commercial. Shown mostly on late night television, the commercial was narrated by Wendy Malick and showed photographs of abused domesticated animals, some of the images culled from investigative footage. It was also featured in the television series Alias some years earlier.

"Kind & Generous," "The Living," "Break Your Heart," and "Life is Sweet" appeared on Merchant's best-of collection, 1995–2005.

Track listing

  1. "Ophelia" 5:10
  2. "Life is Sweet" 5:12
  3. "Kind & Generous" 4:07
  4. "Frozen Charlotte" 5:23 (with Karen Peris)
  5. "My Skin" 5:30
  6. "Break Your Heart" 4:47 (with N'Dea Davenport)
  7. "King of May" 4:09
  8. "Thick as Thieves" 6:57
  9. "Effigy" 2:30
  10. "The......
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