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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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  • Vinyl (May 14, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Recordings Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. I Don't Love You Too
2. When We Walked On Clouds
3. Gold
4. Triangles
5. Live For The Time Of Your Life
6. It's A Beautiful Life
7. Whippoorwill
8. Fine Line
9. Tiny Arrows
10. Downhill
11. Chautauqua Moon

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The first studio album from 10,000 Maniacs in over a decade.


"10,000 Maniacs should be enshrined with rock's royalty…inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would be a much-deserved honor." --Dave Astor, Huffinton Post

"If the songs of 10,000 Maniacs look squarely at the pain of the world, their darkness is balanced by an upbeat droning folk-rock that belongs in roughly the same mode as the music of U2 and R.E.M. In its faster tempoed numbers, the music is actually danceable. The particular contribution to the genre by 10,000 Maniacs, who come from Jamestown, N.Y., has been to add strong Celtic flourishes redolent of 1960's British groups like Fairport Convention. These echoes can be felt most strongly in the modal inflections of the group's plain, circular melodies…" --Stephen Holden, NY Times

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"Whippoorwill" is a nice poppy song with a good drum beat.
This is easily Mary Ramsay's strongest performance on this album over the previous ones, and the rest of the band really shines.
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I am really glad I made this purchase to add to my collection and I highly recommend to all you Maniacs fans!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By screenplay writer (and lawn care specialist) on March 8, 2013
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4.5 stars

I'm a long-time fan, going back to when I used to talk to Natalie at local shows before the Maniacs' major label debut. For those who don't know much about the band's history, guitarist John Lombardo left the band before the Maniacs' pop music breakout album "In My Tribe". John began releasing folky CDs with singer Mary Ramsey under the band name "John & Mary". When Natalie Merchant left the Maniacs, John returned and brought Mary with him to take Natalie's place. In my opinion, the Maniacs' albums with Mary fronting the band were never nearly as good as the work she'd done with "John & Mary". "John and Mary" were very folky, a good fit for Mary's voice, where with the Maniacs on albums such as "Love Among The Ruins" and "The Earth Pressed Flat" Mary had a little difficulty as a convincing pop singer. That said - Mary's voice is a perfect fit for the music on this new album.

This third Maniacs album with Mary fronting the group is not only, without question, the best of the three she's made with the group, it's also better than a couple of the albums the group released with Natalie fronting the group: the preachy "Blind Man's Zoo" and the generally lackluster "MTV Unplugged". I'm not sure why Mary's voice is so assured this time out, but I suspect it's because she's dropped thoughts of seeming sexy or coy in a bid to come across as a pop music songstress. She now sounds like a "natural woman": mature, intelligent, but also playful. The results are unexpected and a delight.

Almost all the songs on the new CD are written by Dennis Drew, which has never been the case on an album before. I imagine he has had to come to fore now that John Lombardo has left the group a second time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By solidrock on February 26, 2013
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This is probably their best album since In My Tribe. Its a calmer album like that one. It doesn't have any tracks that jar you out of your chair like Few and Far Between or the opening tracks of their last two albums. Mary Ramsey's voice seems to blend with their music a lot better than on the last two records. It doesn't replace Natalie Merchant but it does accompany the music quite well instead of leaving the listener feeling "who the heck is that singing instead?" the whole time. It enables you to just listen to how amazing and catchy these tracks really are.

Standout tracks are Tiny Arrows, Live For The Time of Your Life, and I Don't Love you Too. There is also some fine singing from guitarist Jeff Erickson on a few tracks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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I've listened to 10,000 Maniacs since "The Wishing Chair" came out, and yes, of course, I love Natalie Merchant. However, I am not a fair weather fan, and I've stuck with the band through thick and thin, including the enjoyable "Love Among the Ruins", and the dreamy "The Earth Pressed Flat". I liked both of those albums, and they certainly get time on my turntable when I have a 10,000 Maniac mood, so I am not someone who knocks Ms. Ramsey just because she is not Natalie. Indeed, Mary's vocals have gotten more comfortable, more assured, and stayed warm and melodic through those albums and remain just as engaging on this outing.

And yes, "Music From The Motion Picture" is a very engaging album, full of pleasant, jangly, guitar based music that 10,000 Maniacs does very well--and there is nothing wrong with that. My criticism here is that the album never rises above "pleasant" or even "nice". Melodies are certainly hummable, but do not stick with you for long. The band sounds relaxed and very comfortable with each other, which means that all the songs seem well put together--but nothing sparkles. There is no moment where I sat back and said "ahh, that's what I've been missing, that's what I need". All of these songs could have come from any of the previous albums, but would have been album tracks there, nothing more.

If you adore Mary Ramsey's voice, then this is going to make you happy, as she sings beautifully; but if you are looking for a breath of new life in 10kM, then this is not going to take you very far. I hope that this album is just another step on the road for these musicians, and I look forward to more music in the future from them, but I think that this album will be one that I turn to less often when I want to hear them shine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SmallestStep on May 3, 2013
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I've been a fan of 10,000 Maniacs since I caught them on the Halloween, 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live. I have followed them through band members leaving, joining, dying, and rejoining. I think most folks thought that with the passing of guitar legend and songwriter Rob Buck in 2000 that the band would call it a day. They didn't, and now with their first album of new material in over a decade (has it really been that long?), 10,000 Maniacs are proving that they still have the spunk and ability to write and perform the same music they've been gracing us with for over thirty years.

Music from the Motion Picture starts out with a familiar sounding gel of viola, bass, drums, and piano, joined by a guitar that sounds vaguely familiar... I have to wonder what Rob Buck would have done differently. Other than many of the lyrics being quite different (many of them reference Rob or a sense of less), my gut tells me that there'd be a little more chime at times, but other than that, he wouldn't have done too much differently. Jeff Erickson, the Maniacs current lead guitar player, was a student of Rob's and it's very evident at times.

"I Don't Love You Too" is the album's first video. The song has a familiar, yet evolved, Maniacs-sound and a terrific band jam at the end.

"When We Walked On Clouds" is a wonderfully haunting song about loss that will forever make a Maniacs playlist in my house.

"Gold," sung by Jeff Erickson about his former guitar instructor Rob Buck, builds and has a wonderful breakdown a couple of minutes into the song.

"Triangles" is classic 10,000 Maniacs.
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