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Love Among the Ruins

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10,000 Maniacs 6/17/1997

Review

Most observers considered 10,000 Maniacs dead in the water following the departure of vocalist Natalie Merchant. Instead of calling it quits, the remaining members hired the jangle-folk duo John & Mary, whose guitarist, John Lombardo, played in one of the original incarnations of the Maniacs. The revamped group's first album, Love Among the Ruins, illustrated that the band could replicate their signature, gently jangly sound without too much effort, but it also illustrated that the group lacked focus without Merchant. Love Among the Ruins is a pleasant listen, but Mary Ramsey's thin voice occasionally grates, the songs are uniformly slight, and the cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This" is an outright embarrassment. Even with those flaws, the album isn't a disaster, and the surviving 10,000 Maniacs have demonstrated that they can continue with dignity, even if their inspiration is somewhat lacking. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rainy Day 10,000 Maniacs 4:46
  3. 2 Love Among the Ruins 10,000 Maniacs 4:1
  4. 3 Even With My Eyes Closed 10,000 Maniacs 3:56
  5. 4 Girl on a Train 10,000 Maniacs 4:11
  6. 5 Green Children 10,000 Maniacs 4:14
  7. 6 A Room for Everything 10,000 Maniacs 3:56
  8. 7 More Than This [Cover] 10,000 Maniacs 4:6
  9. 8 Big Star 10,000 Maniacs 3:7
  10. 9 You Won't Find Me There 10,000 Maniacs 4:9
  11. 10 All That Never Happens 10,000 Maniacs 4:59
  12. 11 Shining Light 10,000 Maniacs 4:6
  13. 12 Across the Fields 10,000 Maniacs 3:53

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