“Part of the unique richness of ‘The Wishing Chair’ is that the record manages to sound at once gorgeously cheery, wistfully reflective and darkly surreal.”
The Washington Post, 1985
“10,000 Maniacs seem assured of finding their own niche of intelligent pop music.”
The Guardian, 1985
“Ms. Merchant is a captivating presence, whirling and dancing between stints at the microphone.”
The New York Times, 1985
“Steeped in rusticity, 10,000 Maniacs often sound like a group of emissaries from a much earlier time; their plain-spoken music is an elegant rock descendant of American and British folk traditions.”
Rolling Stone, 1985