10,000 Maniacs Our Time In Eden on 180g LP
10,000 Maniacs wrote some of the best music of their time, built on rich melodies and intelligent lyrics. Like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell they excelled at cerebral, wonderful folk-pop songs. Natalie Merchant conjures up a place and time with ease and the rest of the band, Rob Buck, Dennis Drew, Steve Gustafson and Jerome Augustynicak, give her the superb support to flourish.
Our Time In Eden is the last 10,000 Maniacs studio album to feature original lead singer Natalie Merchant. The 1992 release is a tremendous work in terms of production and the maturity of the compositions. Everything came together for these pioneers of alternative music here. The album gets its strength from its overall style, full of texture and variety, including old-school R&B horns, chiming rhythm guitar and lush piano and strings.
Singles include the No. 1 Billboard charting hit "These Are Days," "Candy Everybody Wants" and "Few and Far Between" as well as a number of album tracks that dominated college radio airwaves. Our Time In Eden belongs in any collection of seminal '90s music, a true testament to what music beyond the mainstream could be. A finer swan song has seldom been heard.