This is the fourth album by the Merlons and the first under their abbreviated moniker. Possibly their most ambitious and accomplished project, it would also mark the end of their first stint with the indie label Musical Tragedies. Like their previous recordings, Water Naked Nature is a theatrical combination of medieval folk instrumentation with alternative, gothic, and progressive rock. The screeching and seductive voice of Antje is the one obvious constant throughout their recordings, but she is always adeptly accompanied by bombarde, recorders, flute, lute, violin, and other more unusual instruments, in addition to the standard guitar, bass, and drums configuration. The production is crystal clear, allowing for the acoustic instruments to shine with as much authority as the electric, and Antje's vocal gymnastics are always on key, despite their unpredictable leaps and bounds. While their more alternative tendencies were beginning to develop with this album, the Merlons still remained true to their derivative origins. It wasn't until their follow-up recording (and BMG debut), Sinn-Licht, that they began to abandon their roots en route to a more accessible sound.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger