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Hope Chest


Download links and information about Hope Chest by 10, 000 Maniacs. This album was released in 1990 and it belongs to Rock, Pop genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 46:40 minutes.

Artist: 10, 000 Maniacs
Release date: 1990
Genre: Rock, Pop
Tracks: 14
Duration: 46:40
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No. Title Length
1. Planned Obsolescence 4:27
2. The Latin One 2:59
3. Katrina's Fair 2:57
4. Poor de Chirico 3:09
5. Grey Victory 2:59
6. National Education Week 2:47
7. Death of Manolete 3:52
8. Orange 2:23
9. Tension 3:30
10. Anthem for Doomed Youth 2:48
11. Daktari 4:10
12. Groove Dub 3:18
13. Pit Viper 3:51
14. My Mother the War 3:30



There was something distinctly curious about 10,000 Maniacs’ music from the start. Nurtured in the small-town atmosphere of far-western New York State, the band’s songs had quaint Victorian-era shadows around their edges. Hope Chest collects tracks from the Maniacs’ first two independent releases, recorded in the early ‘80s at Fredonia State University. The studio setting is appropriate: there’s a sense here that the players are still in the student stage, finding their identity though experimentation. This is especially true of Natalie Merchant, then a precocious teenager with a somewhat tentative but still-evocative vocal style. Calypso-styled melodies, ominous reggae rhythms and swirling guitar distortion give these tunes an exotic feel. Tracks like “Poor de Chirico” and “The Latin One” quiver with Jamaican dub effects, while “Orange” and “Daktari” have a jangling sparkle. Drawing upon books and school reports for inspiration, Merchant’s lyrics show flashes of the intense lucidity and smoldering moral outrage she would develop on later recordings.