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'Unplugged' was the first 10,000 Maniacs album I ever heard, so I do have a bit of a soft spot for it. If you've never heard any of the band's music this is a pretty good sampler, in my opinion. Of course, the original album version of these track sound slightly different.
Who can't be in love with Natalie Merchant? That voice, those songs, that keening, yearning quality. The "unplugged" format suits the band and these songs very well - and the set includes a bracing cover of "Because The Night". This fine recording still gives me goosebumps as soon as it comes on - the true sign of lasting beauty. Just don't hear this kind of quality of musicianship, insightful lyrics and powerful performance 'these days'.
I bought this album on cassette more than 20 years ago and played it until it wore out. I've now finally bought it again on CD and it's still utterly amazing. Natalie's voice is beautiful and unique and the Unplugged style really suits the band.