Love Among the Ruins

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Most observers considered 10,000 Maniacs dead in the water following the departure of vocalist Natalie Merchant. Instead of calling it quits, the remaining members hired the jangle-folk duo John & Mary, whose guitarist, John Lombardo, played in one of the original incarnations of the Maniacs. The revamped group's first album, Love Among the Ruins, illustrated that the band could replicate their signature, gently jangly sound without too much effort, but it also illustrated that the group lacked focus without Merchant. Love Among the Ruins is a pleasant listen, but Mary Ramsey's thin voice occasionally grates, the songs are uniformly slight, and the cover of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Most observers considered 10,000 Maniacs dead in the water following the departure of vocalist Natalie Merchant. Instead of calling it quits, the remaining members hired the jangle-folk duo John & Mary, whose guitarist, John Lombardo, played in one of the original incarnations of the Maniacs. The revamped group's first album, Love Among the Ruins, illustrated that the band could replicate their signature, gently jangly sound without too much effort, but it also illustrated that the group lacked focus without Merchant. Love Among the Ruins is a pleasant listen, but Mary Ramsey's thin voice occasionally grates, the songs are uniformly slight, and the cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This" is an outright embarrassment. Even with those flaws, the album isn't a disaster, and the surviving 10,000 Maniacs have demonstrated that they can continue with dignity, even if their inspiration is somewhat lacking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/1997
  • Label: Geffen Uk
  • UPC: 720642500927
  • Catalog Number: 25009
  • Sales rank: 92,726

Album Credits

Performance Credits
10,000 Maniacs Primary Artist
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Jerome Augustyniak Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Robert Buck Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dennis Drew Piano, Hammond Organ
Steve Gustafson Bass Guitar
John Lombardo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Keane Guitar
Fred Maher Percussion
Mary Ramsey Viola, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Composer
John Lombardo Cover Design
John Keane Producer, Engineer
Fred Maher Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Lloyd Puckett Engineer
Lloyd Puckett Engineer
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