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The Wishing Chair


Download links and information about The Wishing Chair by 10, 000 Maniacs. This album was released in 1985 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 49:08 minutes.

Artist: 10, 000 Maniacs
Release date: 1985
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 15
Duration: 49:08
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No. Title Length
1. Can't Ignore the Train 2:44
2. Scorpio Rising 3:14
3. Just As the Tide Was a Flowing 2:18
4. Lilydale 3:12
5. Back O' the Moon 3:32
6. Maddox Table 3:19
7. The Colonial Wing 4:05
8. Grey Victory 3:07
9. Among the Americans 3:07
10. Everyone a Puzzle Lover 3:17
11. Cotton Alley 3:23
12. Daktari 4:29
13. My Mother the War 3:32
14. Tension Makes a Tangle 3:32
15. Arbor Day 2:17



With post-punk energy and oddly antique charm, 10,000 Maniacs cut through the synthesized haze of the mid-‘80s on The Wishing Chair. The band drew upon such disparate influences as African juju music, British folk and American garage rock to fashion their sound here; guitarist Robert Buck juxtaposed chiming lead lines with hellacious feedback washes, while organist Dennis Drew’s stately organ harkened back to the Band’s Garth Hudson. But what gives the album its special brilliance are the strikingly lucid lyrics and enraptured singing of Natalie Merchant. Her persona — at once innocent and visionary — brings focus to these sinister small-town scenes, eerie childhood reveries and poignant family vignettes, illuminating songs like “Can’t Ignore the Train,” “Cotton Alley” and “Tension Makes a Tangle.” Merchant leads her bandmates through serene cemeteries (“Lilydale”), across blasted vistas (“Grey Victory”) and into the thick of raw combat (“My Mother the War”) with equal aplomb. Crisply produced by Joe Boyd (of Fairport Convention renown), The Wishing Chair is a mesmerizing work of American Gothic musical art.