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Our Time in Eden

10,000 ManiacsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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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 (September 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Noah's Dove
2. These Are Days
3. Eden
4. Few And Far Between
5. Stockton Gala Days
6. Gold Rush Brides
7. Jezebel
8. How You've Grown
9. Candy Everybody Wants
10. Tolerance
11. Circle Dream
12. If You Intend
13. I'm Not The Man

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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

The last album the band recorded before lead singer Natalie Merchant departed for a solo career, Our Time in Eden is the actualization of an unassuming college folk-rock band turned adult-contemporary group in the best possible way. Merchant's lullaby voice is more pure and confident than ever before. And although the music is still dominated by chiming rhythm guitar, the band incorporates an emphatic horn section on several tracks (most notably on "Candy Everybody Wants"). The best track is the sentimental swan song "These Are Days," which will evoke a distant smile and maybe even a teary eye, no matter how hard you try not to let it. --Beth Massa

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Our Time in Eden" was such an apt name for this 10,000 Maniacs album, their last with lead singer Natalie Merchant. They parted ways in the summer of 1993, a few short months after I graduated college. This band helped me get through college, and really defined my musical choices during those years. So it was only fitting that my college days ended at the same time my favorite band broke up. Our Time in Eden is limited, and all good things must end. The end of an era in my life and in the history of college-radio music.
At least they went out strong. This album is a tremendous final work, in many ways surpassing their classic album "In My Tribe" in terms of musical & lyrical maturity and complexity. Not as light or folksy or pop-influenced as their earlier albums, this album really showcased Robert Buck's guitars and Natalie Merchant's vocals were powerful enough to (unfortunately) warrant a solo career.
The album isn't really dominated by one song (with the exception of 'These Are Days') but rather gets its strength from the overall style of the album and the equally strong pull of each song on the album.
I'll always remember the last time I saw the band, with Natalie perched on the edge of the stage, passionately singing the closing lines of "Gold Rush Brides." That memory and this album will always be some of my strongest from my last year of college. One of the best records of the early 90's alternative rock movement.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eden It Is March 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If Eden is to be symbolic of beauty and peace, then this CD is aptly titled. Next to "In My Tribe," this is 10,000 Maniacs at their very best. Maturity in lyrics and music are clearly evident here. From the beauty and ache of the piano driven "Noah's Dove," to the intensity of "Tolerance," there is room for thought in all these songs. Certainly "These are Days" suggests that life is worth living, while "Jezebel" questions but at what cost. Natalie Merchant's voice is an instrument that is capable of conveying the intensity of the lyrics present in all these tracks. This is one of those recordings that seems to get better and grow richer with each passing year. 10, 000 Maniacs were a thinking person's band; they perpetually questioned the state of the world and gave us insights about ourselves. This album belongs in any collection of seminal 90's music. It is a true testament to what music beyond the mainstream could be. I recommend it to anyone who is willing to accept the challenge of truly inspiring, creative music.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid October 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This first thing I noticed about this music is its sincerity. The music is from the heart and seems to me to have been intended to please the group rather than some commercial esthetic. The result is interesting and enjoyable music where the performers are allowing us, the listeners, to share in their inner vision of who they are as artists. You can readily hear the emotion in each and every song, and I wondered whether part of that emotion was the realization that this was to be the last album from that incarnation of 10,000 Maniacs as Natalie Merchant was preparing to depart for a solo career.

The first thing I noticed when opening the fold-out for the CD is that the lyrics are written in a narrative form instead of verse form. The style of the music matches the narrative form. Many artists think and write in verse form, and to create music in narrative form is more difficult because of the difficulty and complexity of matching the syllables and pacing of the narrative to the music. The narrative form is usually the style of story tellers, and each of these songs comes across as a vignette.

The first vignette is "Noah's Dove," which comes across several ways. Noah's dove was the bird he sent out to find dry land. When at last the dove did not return, Noah knew that the dove had found dry land. Thus, the story is about someone seeking something, perhaps the something they will not find because it does not exist, but that person will continue to search, never realizing what they have in the here and now.

The second song, "These Are the Days," relates to the first song because the emphasis of this song is the here and now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, unique, creative album of early 90's March 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
10,000 Maniacs were poineers of alternative music along with REM & Pixies and this album Our time in Eden proves it, such a unique and creative sound. Natalie Merchants voice is melodic and soothing to the ear. Noahs Dove, Few and Far Between, and These are Days stand out tracks. But every song is good. This band was original and alternative before it was hip one of my fave bands and albums of early 90's and still today. This album is an essential to those who like true indie college alt. rock. Noahs Dove I play over & over again. These are days 1 of catchiest songs of all time. This is one of those albums you can never really get sick of. It stands the test of time today. PIck up this truly original album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic now. Simple, haunting and brilliant.. September 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
As a contrarian who remembers the '60's firsthand, albeit as a teenager (I'm 48), I am skeptical about the most of the folk-rock style singer/songwriters of today; their glib commercialism is so transparent. Not 10,000 Maniacs, definitely not this CD. This is a confirmed classic from youngish/mature artists blissfully lacking in cynicism and that tedious irony.
I've listened to Our Time in Eden since it was new, and it is definitely passing the test of time (almost 7 years now).This CD still makes me cry. I can't explain it to my sometimes bitter peers, but if this were vinyl, I would have worn out three copies already. Beautiful, albeit simple, lyrics and melodies. Not deep, but haunting. Like the best folk-rock is supposed to be. Other reviewers have given the highlights, hit them well. Buy it or borrow it. Melts this often contrary heart.
This band broke up too soon, and Natalie solo is just too self-indulgent. But they left this stunning, mature work. In My Tribe is also fine,rocks plenty, but a much younger work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album and sounds amazing on vinyl.
Published 11 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Surprisingly good album! For Natalie Merchant fans interested in her music history.
Published 2 months ago by jan n yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Merchant fans!
I was looking for one particular song that Natalie Merchant does on a favorite movie of mine ("Bringing Out the Dead")She does a swatch of "These Are Days". Read more
Published 19 months ago by Laura A.M. Wopp
4.0 out of 5 stars Days To Remember
The final studio album from 10,000 Maniacs with Natalie Merchant, "Our Time In Eden" catches the band peaking just before coming apart. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tim Brough
4.0 out of 5 stars A tiny bit disappointed.
I have absolutely adored "Our Time In Eden" since it's initial release. I know it from beginning to end, inside and out, and it's always been one of the most amazing CDs I have... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Reissue that should have been better...
The context for this review is within an all Linn replay system (if that's the sort of thing that matters to you). Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Aero9k
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
Not long ago I had picked up a copy of 10,000 Maniacs' Our Time in Eden at my favorite record store. I hadn't heard this album in at least a decade, maybe even more. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars alternative music
it has been a long time since I listened to my all-time favorite 10,000 maniacs. Nothing replaces "Our Time in Eden". It is the best among their albums. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by vee
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Time In Eden
This is my favorite 10,000 Maniacs album/cd of all time.It came in great condition and it took little time getting to my doorstep.Thank You Amazon once again!
Published on April 3, 2010 by J. RUSSELL LAFFEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed!
Product was just as described and just like new except much more affordable! Thanks for the quick delivery as well!
Published on April 1, 2009 by C. Simmons
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