Music from the Motion Picture

Music from the Motion Picture

by 10,000 Maniacs
     
 
Music from the Motion Picture is the first album of new music from 10,000 Maniacs in 14 years and, as perhaps could be expected, a lot has happened over that decade-and-a-half. First of all, founding member Robert Buck died of liver failure in 2000; secondly John Lombardo -- another founding member who also often functioned as the

Overview

Music from the Motion Picture is the first album of new music from 10,000 Maniacs in 14 years and, as perhaps could be expected, a lot has happened over that decade-and-a-half. First of all, founding member Robert Buck died of liver failure in 2000; secondly John Lombardo -- another founding member who also often functioned as the musical partner of Mary Ramsey, who has been the Maniacs' lead singer ever since the 1993 departure of Natalie Merchant -- left in 2002 and didn't rejoin when the group re-formed in 2008. The current lineup comprises Ramsey, keyboardist Dennis Drew, bassist Steve Gustafson, and drummer Jerry Augustyniak, a trio that has been in place since 1983, and guitarist Jeff Erickson, who came on board after Buck's passing, so this is a band with a long history and a comfortable chemistry that's readily apparent on Music from the Motion Picture. Indeed, many casual listeners could spin this 2013 album and be none the wiser of all the lineup shifts (indeed, Ramsey can sometimes sound like Merchant). Much of the album sounds even closer to prime Bush-era Maniacs than 1999's The Earth Pressed Flat: it's clean, gentle, and melodic, mellowed jangle pop that's always sweet, never melancholy. If the album is never exactly compelling, it never tries to be, either: it's comfort music for Gen-X'ers, usually sure-footed (it stumbles only toward the end, when the reggae lilt of "It's a Beautiful Life" is paired with the fussily moody "Fine Line"), and sure to satisfy those who are looking for something that sounds like Blind Man's Zoo with a fresh coat of paint.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Org Music
UPC:
0711574709120
catalogNumber:
47091
Rank:
144622

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

10,000 Maniacs   Primary Artist
Jerome Augustyniak   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Dennis Drew   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Gustafson   Electric Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Mary Ramsey   Violin,Viola,Vocals,Group Member
John Merino   Guest Appearance
David Hone   Keyboards
Jeff Erickson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

10,000 Maniacs   Arranger,Producer
Dennis Drew   Composer
Steve Gustafson   Direction
Mary Ramsey   Composer
David Hone   Programming,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Stephen Monroe   Producer
Jeff Erickson   Composer
Charissa Campbell   Producer
Betty Cheung   Producer
Andreas Laemmermann   Producer
Alan Cohen   Producer
Adam Zeitz   Producer
Henry Houh   Producer
Harvey Kivel   Producer
Flavio Louzada Graciano   Producer
Donald Semmens   Producer
Pedro Javier Serra Serrano   Producer
Nathan Arnone   Artwork,Photo Illustration
Myra Vignovic Blasius   Producer
Murry Galloway   Producer
Maggie Marlowe   Producer
Julie Gochenour   Producer
James Lawrence   Producer
James Campbell   Producer

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