Monday, April 6, 2015

CD Review: 10,000 Maniacs Tell Their "Twice Told Tales" On Latest Album

The alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs will be celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band in 2016. Their late-eighties, early-nineties albums achieved a string of platinum success and they were one of the leaders of early modern rock radio with fellow newcomers R.E.M, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cocteau Twins. Their appearance on MTV's Unplugged made them a household name with singer Natalie Merchant winning the hearts of teenagers, but now only two original members remain and the band are still on the cutting edge experimenting with non-conventional ideas. Instead of following up their last album with more original music, they decided to make an album of traditional British Isles folk songs. The new album entitled "Twice Told Tales" will be released on April 28th through Cleopatra Records and captures "the root of the 10,000 Maniacs sound."
The new fourteen song album begins with the short folk instrumental "Lady Mary Ramsay," which bookends the album with a return to close this collection. It is followed by the acappella song "The Song Of Wandering Aengus" that turns into magic with lead singer Mary Ramsey's vocals. Many of the songs on this release do not stray from the 10,000 Maniacs iconic sound as "She Moved Through The Fair" and "Misty Moisty Morning" can likely be found on any of their past releases with their folk rock vibe. While many of the songs on this new album are over a hundred years old, the 10,000 Maniacs easily turn them into modern folk/pop gems with a natural sound as with "Canadee-i-o" and "Carrickfergus." Fans may even recognize "Do You Love An Apple?," which has been in their live repertoire for years, also their rendition of "Wild Mountain Thyme" is just an amazing piece of music that ranks with some of the all-time best folk songs.
The 10,000 Maniacs still have some live dates on their schedule for the next couple months. To find out more about their latest release "Twice Told Tales," please visit

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