Natalie Merchant was was much better with 10,000 Maniacs than she is solo. This was the first 10,000 Maniacs album I heard, way back in 1990. Like most fans, I think that 'Our Time in Eden' was the best, but although 'In Our Tribe' was more popular than 'Blind Man's Zoo', I think that BMZ is unfairly neglected. That is probably because of Natalie Merchant's politically controversial lyrics for many of the tracks, rather than the quality of the songs themselves. I find the emotional impact of the first three tracks, 'Eat for two' (a feminist take on unwanted pregnancy), 'Please forgive us' (about Reagan's secret war against Nicaragua) and 'The big parade' (about the Vietnam Memorial in Washington) greater than any of the songs in other albums - they are more memorable and rank among my Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs favourites. This album lacks the haunting beauty of 'Our Time in Eden', but it is punchier.