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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock ... Read more in Amazon's 10,000 Maniacs Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Eat for Two" sounds off - upbeat but starting in a minor key, but I wouldn't change it.
Alain
While I have no problem with the political statements on a few tracks, I do find the lyrics a bit obvious and the arrangements uninspiring.
Todd and In Charge
Often depressing and heavy handed Merchant's lyrical portraits of characters and situations are like a fine painting.
Steven Sly

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miguel on December 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A captivating piece to bid adieu to the 80s, this record encompasses a transition for the Maniacs. Here, Natalie Merchant's folksie roots begin to emerge so much more than in "In my tribe" and of course, the rythm here is altogether different to the mainstream music of that time, thus this record was a small college hit.
"Trouble me", with Jevetta Steele in backing vocals, is a marvelous love song, moving and sexy, enticing the listener to join Miss Merchant in the fantasy world of her written lyrics.
Other reviewers have been harsh with this record, but rest assured it is solid and prodigious, and even after 10 years, just hearing the first seconds of "Eat for two", you know this recording can rock still, and beautifully so, at that.
Plus, the cover art... have you ever seen anything quite like it? No? That is because it is a piece of art in itself... unforgettable to the eyes, just as it is to the ears.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aly on October 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Often lambasted for its over-political nature and pretentiousness, Blind Man's Zoo is tied with Hope Chest as being the most underrated record in the Maniacs' catalogue. The band's form here is astounding, and this album has remarkable music with much more drive and force than its poppy predecessor, In My Tribe. Songs like "Headstrong" and "Hateful Hate" will blow one out of the water with their forceful nature, the former the most rocking since The Wishing Chair's version of "My Mother the War." The song "Trouble Me," although extremely out of place, is very beautiful by itself. And although the lyrics might be a bit over-bearing at times, "Please Forgive Us" is really one of the Maniacs' best songs, despite Natalie Merchant's vocal displeasure with the song. The recording and production of this album is hands down much better than In My Tribe, and every song sounds lush, wonderful, and powerful. Jerry Augustyniak's drumming has never sounded better in numbers such as "The Big Parade" and, again, "Headstrong." Also, Natalie Merchant's vocals are hovering in-between the youthful essence of the earlier music and the torpor of her later music, producing quite possibly the best (in a technical sense) vocals she has ever done. Many will dismiss this album as preachy or pretentious - maybe it is. But I do not see that upon listening to this album. I simply see the Maniacs in their best form as a band, churning out some amazing music. A solid five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Stennes on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I discovered the 10,00 Maniacs by pure chance. I saw a video on VH1 in 1989 called "Trouble Me" and I was instantly hooked. I got the album immediately and have since worn out two cassettes and am now a proud owner of the CD. People will forever talk about 80s albums that were landmark achievements; "Thriller," "Born In The USA," "Purple Rain," "Like A Virgin," etc. But wow! "Blind Man's Zoo" is simply some of the best music ever recorded. One of my favorites is "Headstrong," one of the harder tunes on the album. I am amazed that they never became huge stars because I can say indeed that this is a perfect album. PERFECT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alain on May 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely a record to grow on you. I imagine people who enjoy 10,000 Maniacs' other releases hear this and immediately cast it out. 'Blind Man's Zoo' is nowhere near the immediate accessibility of their more popular records, but this is their best work.

'Blind Man's Zoo' has a reputation for being overly political, depressing, and difficult, and I would agree with all three, for the most part. As you listen to these songs, you need to be reading along with the lyrics in the booklet, as I feel what she's saying definitely strengthens the songs. When I first heard this record, I didn't care for too many of the songs until I really examined them; reading and analyzing the lyrics furthered my appreciation for these songs.

"Eat for Two" sounds off - upbeat but starting in a minor key, but I wouldn't change it. This is probably the most instantly appealing song here, but it's just as dark as any of the others, a "nightmare born in a borrowed bed...."

The best part of the album, however, is the last two songs: "Hateful Hate" and "Jubilee", which to me are the most depressing (both musically and lyrically) on the record, and the latter is essentially the most disturbing song I've ever heard. "Hateful Hate" has Natalie condemning Manifest Destiny, slavery, and hunting, backed by her very powerful pipe organ playing. As "Hateful Hate" climaxes, "Jubilee" starts as a seemingly comfortable mellow ballad, telling the story of a religious zealot who becomes infuriated when he witnesses an interracial (school?) dance, the "Jubilee". "He's God's mad disciple," and he feels the need to destroy what he believes to be evil and wrong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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"In My Tribe" & "Our Time In Eden" are far better works by the 10,000 Maniacs, but this album is far from being a flop. "Dust Bowl" is achingly beautiful. "Hateful Hate" is a profound historical commentary. Also worth noting are "Trouble Me", "Eat For Two", "You Happy Puppet", & "Poisen In The Well". All great songs in the unique Maniacs' style. Overall the album just doesn't sound... finished. More like a collection of demoes, with the exception of the closing "Jubilee". Still, I recommend this heartily to fan of the Maniacs, Ms. Merchant, or folk-rock in general.
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