Natalie Bergman - Mercy
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #196 / 409
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Based on 43 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Uncut

As with the most effective devotional music, Mercy finds a way of artfully parsing uplifting, spiritually nourishing music with deep, sorrowful emotion.

80
Mojo

A little strange, a little strained, Mercy still rings with its own truth.

70
PopMatters
It is extraordinary enough in its own way that one can appreciate it without having to accept its dogma. Bergman's beliefs stimulate her music, but her debut album inspires whether one is a Christian or not.
70
AllMusic
Bergman's unfussy delivery, simple melodies, and devotional lyrics combine well with the unpredictable nature of the arrangements, and the songs feel lived-in and raw with the blinding newness of despair and the relief of salvation
dearsongs
84
Trying to bring this heathen back to life. I'm not afraid to say that I love a tragedy and that is what we have here. You can almost hear the doubt at times, and the pain is obvious. There was a man with a very similar last name who was also looking for signs.

This is gorgeous/sweet/melancholy and while it would neatly qualify as an indie-soul record, it actually knocks a few styles out of the park. The singles are obv good, but the b-sides might be the albums real strength .

Nostalgic ... read more
TheCarioca
73
Talk to the Lord - 3/5
Shine Your Light on Me - 4/5
I Will Praise You - 4/5
I'm Going Home - 3/5
Home At Last - 3/5
You Make My World Go Round - 4/5
Paint the Rain - 5/5 ❤
The Gallows - 4/5
Your Love is My Shelter - 2/5
He Will Lift You Up Higher - 5/5 ❤
Sweet Mary - 3/5
Last Farewell - 4/5
Valeyard
85
CAN I GET A HALLELUJAH????
pressrg
76
There comes a point at which our supposedly "secular" late-capitalism reproduces its own despotic onto-theology—in the face of which, I think, only authentic belief—belief in the impossible 'itself', the spacing of space in which such ipseity withdraws—opens up the possibility of resistance, of community, of friendship.
JohnLouisHoward
98
I don't believe in God, but I believe in Natalie Bergman's belief in God. with an astounding range that evokes Robin Gibb, Diana Ross, and Amy Winehouse in turn, Bergman delivers an intensely personal and emotional performance that is totally captivating. her aesthetic is portrayed through simple but profound songs that are Ingmar Bergmanesque in their focus on isolation, loss, grief, and striving for faith in a black-and-white world where God may or may not be present. the album cover is a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Talk to the Lord
  2. Shine Your Light on Me
  3. I Will Praise You
  4. I'm Going Home
  5. Home At Last
  6. You Make My World Go Round
  7. Paint the Rain
  8. The Gallows
  9. Your Love is My Shelter
  10. He Will Lift You Up Higher
  11. Sweet Mary
  12. Last Farewell
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Added on: April 20, 2021