When it was recorded, nobody knew that MTV Unplugged
would be 10,000 Maniacs
' last album with Natalie Merchant
. As it stands, it's a quiet, gentle way for her to bow out, offering no new revelations but several solid versions of the group's signature songs (mainly concentrating on Our Time in Eden
) and a cover of Patti Smith
's "Because the Night." It's nothing new, but for fans it's a graceful way to say goodbye.