Entertainment Weekly - "[H]er jazzy spin on 'Jealousy' -- with Merchant, now 52, sounding as youthful as ever -- feels like hanging in a cozy coffee shop for open-mic night circa 1995." -- Grade: B
Personnel: Natalie Merchant (vocals); Simi Stone (vocals); Gabriel Gordon (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Scott Moore , Shawn Moore (violin); Marandi Hostetter (viola); Stanley Moore (cello); Uri Sharlin (accordion, piano); Sharel Cassity (tenor saxophone); Jesse Murphy (acoustic bass, electric bass); Allison Miller (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Eli Walker.
Liner Note Author: Natalie Merchant.
Director: Mike "Hitman" Wilson.
Editors: Eli Walker; Chris Rahm.
Photographer: John Huba.
As its title suggests, Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings is made up of completely new versions of the songs that comprised Natalie Merchant's 1995 debut solo effort, Tigerlily, which went on to sell over five-million copies globally. Merchant self-produced these new recordings. The arrangements offer portraits of the songs' natural evolution after two decades of live performances (several remain at the core of her concert appearances). Merchant is joined by her longtime live ensemble (including drummer Allison Miller), a string quartet, and backing vocalists Simi Stone, Gail Ann Dorsey, and Elizabeth Mitchell. The album is accompanied by a documentary DVD that features live performances, interviews, and archival footage that underscore the legacy and continuing influence of Tigerlily on fans, musicians, and friends. ~ Thom Jurek