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Paradise Is There

Natalie Merchant's 1995 album Tigerlily wowed critics with its stripped-down lyricism, launching the singer on a solo career after her stint with 10,000 Maniacs. In this pleasant but unpenetrating "video memoir," produced to accompany a 20th-anniversary rerecording of Tigerlily, Merchant explores the album's impact on her fans and on her own artistic development. Dissenting or even complicating voices—including those of her former bandmates—are absent, but this contains many treats for hardcore fans. Concert footage shows Merchant's resonant voice to be undiminished and even enhanced by the fuller orchestration on the songs; there's also a touching interview with two fans affected by a rare degenerative skin disease who identified with her song "Wonder."

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