Our Time in Eden

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
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: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596138529
  • Catalog Number: 61385
  • Sales rank: 119,467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Noah's Dove (4:29)
  2. 2 These Are Days (3:40)
  3. 3 Eden (4:07)
  4. 4 Few and Far Between (3:13)
  5. 5 Stockton Gala Days (4:18)
  6. 6 Gold Rush Brides (3:22)
  7. 7 Jezebel (4:00)
  8. 8 How You've Grown (3:39)
  9. 9 Candy Everybody Wants (3:04)
  10. 10 Tolerance (4:13)
  11. 11 Circle Dream (3:25)
  12. 12 If You Intend (3:01)
  13. 13 I'm Not the Man (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
10,000 Maniacs Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Pee Wee Ellis Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Violin
Maceo Parker Alto Saxophone
Jerome Augustyniak Percussion, Drums
Robert Buck Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, 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
The 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 III 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    This is, hands down, one of my favorite albums ever...I've had t

    This is, hands down, one of my favorite albums ever...I've had to replace mine twice!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Superb Effort

    This, the Maniacs' last studio prodution, is easily their best, most balanced album. Their previous efforts have had many, many highlights, but this work is much more polished as a whole. Though my own tastes cover a very wide spectrum, this is one of my top forty favorite albums ever. Yes, if you have heard 10,000 Maniacs on the radio and want to buy one of their albums, this is definitely the one to have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their best album!

    This was Natalie Merchant's last studio album with 10,000 Maniacs and this is also their best effort. From the gorgeous ''Noah's Dove'' to the happy and catchy ''These Are Days'', 10,000 Maniacs have created a piece of work that will be enjoyed for years and years.

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