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The Earth Pressed Flat

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The Earth Pressed Flat
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Ellen
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Once A City
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Glow
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On And On (Mersey Song)
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Somebody's Heaven
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Cabaret
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Beyond The Blue
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Smallest Step
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In The Quiet Morning
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Time Turns
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Hidden In My Heart
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Who Knows Where Time Goes?
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Untitled
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 55:32

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Still A Good Album

Relayer71

I love Natalie Merchant but it's unfair to the rest of 10,000 Maniacs to say SHE made the group what it was. They had a very distinctive sound thanks to guitarist Robert Buck (RIP) who was such an under appreciated musician. His playing together with a very solid rhythm section and a keyboardist who played organs (not a common instrument in popular music) AND Merchant's unique and emotive voice and great lyrics made the band. The Earth Pressed Flat still sounds very much like 10,000 Maniacs on many of the tracks. But it's a good thing they didn't get some Natalie sound-alike and instead a capable singer with her own unique sound, even if it falls short of what Merchant did with the band. But still a good album. And Robert Buck's playing will be missed.

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Some people have small minds...

cowboomie

...and yearn for old line-ups of a great band and won't open their ears and give great music a chance. This happened to 10,000 Maniacs when Mary Ramsey -- who HAD been a part of earlier 10KM projects -- took over vocals for the band. I own EVERYTHING that the band ever did and I LOVE the Mary Ramsey albums. It is a different sound but a great one nonetheless. The opening cut, Beyond the Blue and Who Knows Where the Time Goes are all great cuts. One of the nice things that Mary brought to the line-up was her classically-trained viola, and she was good enough to play in orchestras, thank you. 10,000 Maniacs was a BAND and had a life beyond Natalie Merchant -- whom I also love. But hey, this is just music, not a religion...

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No Natalie Merchant

StrengthLab

Natalie Merchant does not sing on this CD - meaning this isn't the 10,000 maniacs in any kind of positive light... she was the band. Her voice made the group what it was and this stand-in doesn't even come close. Don't buy.

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Not Fair

stormclouds

The only 10,000 Maniacs album that I don't have and I can't download it because I live in the wrong country. I blame the record company Bar None Records. I'm sure this album rocks just like all their others.

They Say All Music Guide

1999′s The Earth Pressed Flat finds 10,000 Maniacs exploring similar musical terrain as their previous album, Love Among the Ruins, on which singer Mary Ramsey debuted. Ramsey sounds less like a stand-in and more like a frontwoman on The Earth Pressed Flat, which was released on the indie label Bar None. Fittingly, the album sounds more folky and down to earth than some of their previous albums. The album was recorded over the course of four years at the group’s home studio, on the road, and in traditional studios; it also incorporates recordings of found sounds and rehearsals for a dreamlike, fluid continuity. Ramsey’s vocals sound at home in The Earth Pressed Flat’s rustic, stripped-down settings, particularly on the Sandy Denny cover “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” The title track and “On and On” also allow her vocals to breathe, with understated accompaniment from her fellow Maniacs on guitars and keyboards; Ramsey’s own viola playing completes the picture. The Earth Pressed Flat blends old and new, ethereal and folky sounds into a style that is distinctively, yet differently, 10,000 Maniacs. – Heather Phares

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