Still A Good Album
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.