“There’s no irony on this album. I have fifty-six minutes every four years, and I want to say something honest to people.”
Natalie Merchant, 1998
“In a fascinating short film promoting her ambitious new album, ‘Ophelia’ Merchant flexes her thespian muscles and allows fans a decidedly different view of their post-alt-rock heroine.”
Rolling Stone, 1998
“Merchant is one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the eighties – intact and uncompromised.”
Vogue, 1999
“On her new album ‘Ophelia’ and especially its first single ‘Kind & Generous’ Natalie Merchant manages to make every virtue Bill Bennett ever extolled sexy, even a little subversive.”
Entertainment Weekly, 1998