Music from the Motion Picture

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Org Music
  • UPC: 711574709120
  • Catalog Number: 47091
  • Sales rank: 50,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Don't Love You Too (3:56)
  2. 2 When We Walked On Clouds (5:25)
  3. 3 Gold (3:31)
  4. 4 Triangles (5:26)
  5. 5 Live For the Time of Your Life (3:31)
  6. 6 Whippoorwill (3:57)
  7. 7 It's a Beautiful Life (4:32)
  8. 8 Fine Line (3:53)
  9. 9 Tiny Arrows (6:22)
  10. 10 Downhill (3:48)
  11. 11 Chautauqua Moon (2:59)
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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
Jeffrey Erickson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
10,000 Maniacs Arranger, Producer
Dennis Drew Composer
Steve Gustafson Direction
Mary Ramsey Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
David Hone Programming, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Stephen Monroe Producer
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
Jeffrey Erickson Composer
James Lawrence Producer
James Campbell Producer
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