Our Time in Eden

Our Time in Eden

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by 10, 000 Maniacs
     
 

Pushing through the jinx that gave Blind Man's Zoo its preachy feel, 10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker's dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of In My Tribe, their major-label debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a fewSee more details below

Overview

Pushing through the jinx that gave Blind Man's Zoo its preachy feel, 10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker's dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of In My Tribe, their major-label debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a few tribulations wiser, and a few shakes looser, although that's not to say she doesn't have a point (or 13) to make. Whether with old-school R&B horns ablaze or the simple elegance of a piano and strings, she glorifies, condemns, and cherishes the world she witnesses, not excusing herself or anyone else from the part they play. The rest of the band, Rob Buck, Dennis Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Jerome Augustyniak, gives her the superb musical roots and wings from which to grow and soar. The subject matter of the songs is sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, but always graceful. For instance, "These Are Days" is left open to interpretation, though the upbeat tone is unmistakable, while "I'm Not the Man" is a very pointed and poignant story of a jailed man falsely accused and awaiting his death. Merchant's poetry shimmers and tugs at your heart and head. The prophetically titled Our Time in Eden spawned modest hits with "These Are Days" and "Candy Everybody Wants," but turned out to be the final chapter for this maniacal five-some, as Merchant departed the band shortly after touring in support of the album. A finer swan song has seldom been heard.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1992
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596138529
catalogNumber:
61385
Rank:
119791

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

10,000 Maniacs   Primary Artist
Pee Wee Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone
Jerome Augustyniak   Percussion,Drums
Robert Buck   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Sitar,Mandocello
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Dennis Drew   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Charles Fleischer   Harmonica
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Steve Gustafson   Bass,Bass Guitar
J.B.'s   Horn
Kim Laskowski   Bassoon
Natalie Merchant   Piano,Vocals
Mary Ramsey   Violin,Viola
Arusko Sato   Bassoon
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Atsuko Sato   Bassoon
Fred Welsey   Trombone
Ralph Morrison   Violin

Technical Credits

Jerome Augustyniak   Composer
Robert Buck   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Dennis Drew   Composer
Paul Fox   Producer
Steve Gustafson   Composer
Natalie Merchant   Composer
Ed Thacker   Engineer

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