Ira Robbins
October 19, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hope Chest

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Elektra
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Like many of today’s foremost bands, 10,000 Maniacs spent time in the independent-label farm system before finding a mass audience. Remixed and reissued on a single disc, the group’s first two releases contain a louder, stranger version of its refined electro-folk. Caribbean rhythms, noise guitar, and a vocal by guitarist John Lombardo on Hope Chest clearly set these eclectic efforts in the past; Natalie Merchant’s distinctive voice binds them tightly to the present. B

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