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Wishing Chair
10,000 Maniacs
Wishing Chair
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: 10,000 Maniacs
Title: Wishing Chair
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Elektra / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075596042826

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Their finest hour
Kevin Scott | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | 12/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"They never topped this one. It remains one of the greatest rock albums of all time and certainly one of the most criminally underrated. The six-piece Maniacs on this album showed many different sides and colors - leading some to the conclusion that the album is disjointed; well, what's wrong with that? Who wants to listen to a bunch of clones of the same song? The shifts in style are fascinating - it's sometimes hard to believe it's the same band you were listening to moments before. This album's production is also top-notch - they were lucky enough to have the legendary Joe Boyd, a man known for letting bands sound like themselves. (Nothing he's produced EVER sounds dated...check it out.) It's worth comparing this to the clinical and overly-glossy production jobs that followed on their following albums. Lyrically this is how I prefer to hear Natalie Merchant, too - with words that suggest and evoke. She's drawing pictures rather than preaching and moralizing which would be an irritant on later albums. They tip their hat to traditional folk on "Just as the Tide Was A-Flowing", and their love of the material is very evident here; they also deliver some stormy rockers like "Scorpio Rising" and "My Mother the War", but sadly this marked the end of their edge; they'd never do anything this raucous ever again. The absolute best thing about this album is that they sound like a group without any obvious front man (or woman); it sounds like the ideas came from several personalities. A brilliant, timeless masterpiece from start to finish."
Vastly Underrated
Scott Briggs (scott.briggs@worldnet | Brooklyn, N.Y. USA | 10/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Whoever said above that there's a reason this album is found in the bargain bins just proves my point that what this actually proves is that almost nobody has any taste in good music. Also, most 10,000 Maniacs fans only came into the fold with Blind Man's Zoo, In My Tribe, or egads, the Unplugged album, which is basically fine but ignoring their earlier work is unfair to the band, plus The Wishing Chair is actually an underrated, charming, infectious, affecting, magical, wonderful recording that stands up to any of the band's later works."
The beginning of an all-too short career
lost_in_space82 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | 05/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When Natalie Merchant left 10,000 Maniacs in 1993, she made a huge mistake as far as I'm concerned. Although I do enjoy her solo albums, especially Ophelia and Live in Concert, nothing she has done as a solo artist can possibly compare to the work she produced with 10,000 Maniacs. This album is just one of the too few examples of what a great band they were when Merchant was the lead singer. This album has more of a folky sound than their later releases, probably due to John Lombardo's strong influence on the sound (he wrote most of the music) but this album can rock out as well. Songs like Scorpio Rising and My Mother the War are among the best tracks on the album, along with Lilydale (one of the best Robert Buck/Natalie Merchant compositions, IMO) and Cotton Alley. The only bad thing about this album is the fact that it's hard to figure out anything Merchant is singing. Her voice is sometimes overbearing, like on Arbor Day and Just as the Tide Was a Flowing but that's only a minor complaint since Merchant has gone on to become one of the best vocalists out there, IMO. I highly recommend this album for Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs fans or for those interested in hearing the beginning of a terribly underrated band who deserved to have a much longer career with Natalie Merchant at the helm.