One of the best of the early '90's, this album runs the gamut from the insistingly beautiful ("Noah's Dove" and the title song), to the jubilantly sentimental ( the graduation-time anthem "These Are Days"), to the catchy ("Few and Far Between," with the nice big band addition) to the historical and socially conscious ("Gold Rush Brides" and "I'm Not the Man"). The array of sounds, supporting Natalie Merchant's ivory-rich alto, is impressive; the album is thus bittersweet (like so many of its songs, and indeed, the title) because, on the one hand, this was the band's last album before Merchant departed to pursue her solo career and, on the other, one wonders if they could have surpassed this effort. One wonders . . . one doubts. It is not a "perfect" album; in places, Merchant's voice is perhaps too stern or cool and cloying, and "Circle Dream" is rather plain and boring. Nonetheless, when the sun shines in a...
I have absolutely adored "Our Time In Eden" since it's initial release. I know it from beginning to end, inside and out, and it's always been one of the most amazing CDs I have owned, not only in terms of the album as a whole, but the sound had always been great. That being said, I'm a little disappointed with the vinyl release.
I pretty much function off vinyl. I, personally, prefer it to CD (where practical, let's not get into the vinyl vs. x format debate, as they all have their pros and cons), so this was exciting to finally be able to have this, as it's something I've wanted for a long time.
As a previous reviewer pointed out, this should have been a double LP. When you take out the lyric sheet, you see this at the top left: "NOTE: Due to the length of the sides on this LP (over 26 minutes on side A) the overall volume is reduced about 3dB from standard LP level. Turn it up!" My initial reaction to this (and I realize most may not agree) is REALLY? THAT is...
Highly Recommended, Great Album, Super Fast Shipping! Excellent High Quality 180 Gram Vinyl which makes a BIG Difference! Great Job!
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