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"Blind Man's Zoo"
© Elektra Records
Year of Release: 1989
Eat Fpr Two
Please Forgive Us
The Big Parade
You Happy Puppet
Poison In The Well
The Lion's Share
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"Blind Man's Zoo"
This week marks the debut of 10,000 Maniacs with vocalist Natalie Merchant. Their 1989
release, Blind Man's Zoo gets the nod of approval for the Album Pick of the Week.
In reading about this band on Wikipedia, they started out as an Alternative Rock band.
While listening to Blind Man's Zoo, their style is more Pop than Alternative.
The biggest hit from this album was "Trouble Me," a very nice, catchy, easy-going
The first two tracks, "Eat For Two" and "Please Forgive Us" are good
power Pop tunes. Yet an average Pop sound style has the next two songs -- "The Big
Parade" and "You Happy Puppet." "Headstrong" and "Poison In The
Well" are both strong, Rock-styled songs. A softer side is heard on "Dust Bowl."
"The Lion's Share" is also a good Pop song. "Hateful Hate" is very different,
from the start of the song, with the church-sounding organ. Throughout, this song
definitely has a more Alternative sound than Pop. "Jubilee" has another soft
quality, Natalie Merchant's voice is the standout, likewise the orchestration.
Blind Man's Zoo has it's moments. It's not a bad album, but it is a blend of
different styles. Some songs having a standard Pop style, some with a more Rock edge.
The unique voice of Natalie Merchant is the key factor in all the songs. Blind Man's
Zoo doesn't leave the listener blind, it tends to make the listener decide if 10,000
Maniacs is an Alternative band or Pop. The final equation is still the same -- it's still
Rock 'n' Roll.
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