Love Among the Ruins

Love Among the Ruins

by 10,000 Maniacs


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Love Among the Ruins

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/1997
Label: Geffen Uk
UPC: 0720642500927
catalogNumber: 25009
Rank: 217057

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
Lloyd Puckett   Engineer
Lloyd Puckett   Engineer

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