Tigerlily, Natalie Merchant's first solo record, does sound different than 10,000 Maniacs. Instead of relying strictly on jangly folk-rock, Merchant continues opening her music up as she did on Our Time in Eden…).
When Natalie Merchant left 10,000 Maniacs in 1994, she had given the band two years notice and was ready to embark on a solo career. Given her high profile, she could have done anything she wanted – and she did. She bucked conventional music biz wisdom, hired her own band, and self-produced the multi-platinum-selling Tigerlily. Some of its songs are still part of her live set and the classic album endures with fans and continues to find new ones. Twenty years later, Merchant presents Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. It's completely re-recorded, re-arranged, and revisioned. The obvious question – why mess with a classic? – is answered convincingly. She's learned a lot about these songs in the interim.
Erstwhile 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant continues her highly successful solo career with LIVE IN CONCERT, a show that was recorded at New York's Neil Simon Theater. The set opens, somewhat appropriately, with one of the songs that got Merchant's solo career off to a blazing start, "Wonder." As she usually does in live performance, Merchant plays with the lyrical phrasing of the song to add unexpected melisma and daring tonal gambits. Merchant lends the dark and ephemeral "San Andreas Fault" a lightly sultry quality not found on the studio version. Other familiar favorites include "Beloved Wife," "Carnival," and "Ophelia." Merchant revisits the Maniacs' catalog only once, for a rousing take on "Gun Shy."
Retrospective 1995–2005 is Natalie Merchant's first greatest hits album, featuring her most popular songs. It was released on 27 September 2005 on Elektra Records. This deluxe edition version included a second disc with B-sides and rarities.
is an album written, produced, and performed by , released on June 20, 1995. It is her first solo album after splitting from the 10,000 Maniacs. The album received mixed reviews, with many praising Merchant's confessional writing style and others criticizing the same for undue sentimentality. The song "River" is a tribute to River Phoenix. Tigerlily peaked at #13 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. It contained three pop hits, "Carnival" (#10), "Wonder" (#20), and "Jealousy" (#23).