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10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe

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In My Tribe

By 10,000 Maniacs

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10,000 Maniacs's breakthrough album and creative high point, In My Tribe offers a survey of social concerns, including child abuse ("What's the Matter Here"), illiteracy ("Cherry Tree"), war ("Gun Shy"), and the environment ("Campfire Song") -- all tackled subtly and tastefully without too much preaching or pretension and in believable, real-life situations. Producer Peter Asher, whose credits include James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, provides the perfect sheen -- the group's pleasant folk-pop lends itself nicely to the '70s-styled singer/songwriter production. In the end, the album proves powerful not for the ideas (they've been covered before) but rather for the graceful execution and pure listenability. In My Tribe has served as one of the soundtracks for P.C. living and was required listening on college campuses in the late '80s.

A Review:

In My Tribe was 10,000 Maniacs' second (and best) album and the record that made the band collegiate favorites and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant a star. Producer Peter Asher's rich balance of acoustic and electric instruments gave muscle to the group's folk-rock. "Hey Jack Kerouac" found Merchant musing on the literary beats of the 1950s, but the song's musical hook was the rich bed of rhythm guitars laid atop the solid drums. "Don't Talk" offered a similarly propulsive rock sound, with lyrics that advised troubled lovers to keep it to themselves. R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe offered hipster credibility by guesting on "A Campfire Song," while a cover of Cat Stevens's "Peace Train" offered listeners a familiar port of entry. However, when Muslim convert Stevens announced his support of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini's call for the execution of Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, the band rereleased the album without "Peace Train." --John Milward


1 What's The Matter Here?
Written-By – Natalie MerchantRobert Buck
2 Hey Jack Kerouac
Written-By – Natalie MerchantRobert Buck
3 Like The Weather
Written-By – Natalie Merchant
4 Cherry Tree
Written-By – Natalie MerchantRobert Buck
5 The Painted Desert
Written-By – Jerome AugustyniakNatalie Merchant
6 Don't Talk
Written-By – Dennis DrewNatalie Merchant
7 Peace Train
Written-By – Cat Stevens
8 Gun Shy
Written-By – Natalie Merchant
9 My Sister Rose
Written-By – Jerome AugustyniakNatalie Merchant
10 A Campfire Song
Voice [Other Voice] – Michael StipeWritten-By – Natalie Merchant
11 City Of Angels
Written-By – Natalie MerchantRobert Buck
12 Verdi Cries
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David CampbellBass – Bob MagnussonCello – Dennis KarmazynPiano – Don GrolnickViola – Novi*Written-By – Natalie Merchant

Product details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1987)
  • Original Release Date: October 25, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002H4S

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