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Editors’ Notes

No one marries romantic melancholy to an exquisite melody quite like Aimee Mann. After her hit-making years with 'Til Tuesday, she launched her solo career with 1993's Whatever, a richly bittersweet blend of poignant lyrics and exhilarating pop-rock. Mann's brilliant wordplay dissects heartache with raw honesty and scathing wit in "I Should've Known," "Stupid Thing", and "4th of July." She's equally effective with wry show-biz snapshots like "Put Me on Top" and "I've Had It." "Mr. Harris" and "Fifty Years After the Fair" strike a note of tenderness and nostalgia. Aiding Mann throughout is producer/guitarist Jon Brion, who embellishes the tracks with brightly Beatles-inspired sonic shadings. One of the truly essential singer-songwriter albums of the '90s, Whatever secured Mann's stature as pop's undisputed Mistress of the Minor Key.

Customer Reviews

Great solo debut

Aimee Mann's first album after Till Tuesday's breakup is excellent! She really lets her feelings show on this wonderful album that has some really great tracks. This was released in 1993 and to this day I play it quite often. In addition to the great music, the lyrics are also terrific. After Till Tuesday, Aimee really branched out as a fantastic songwriter. She was always a great singer but she really impressed with this album. Highly recommended for new Aimee fans as it's a great introduction to how special she really is.

the start of something legendary

From the first hit single of Voices Carry to the end of 'Til Tuesday, you can see an alarming increase in songwriting talent, which unfortunately is not a barometer for a hot seller. She reaches Lennon-McCartney level genius on her first solo effort that continues throughout the rest of her career.

Has staying power

Some of the other albums from the same time already sound dated. "Whatever" is one of the best from 1995 and still sounds great. It's funny in some parts, touching in others.


Born: September 8, 1960 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the '80s, Aimee Mann led the post-new wave pop group 'Til Tuesday. After releasing three albums with the group, she broke up the band and embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album, Whatever, was a more introspective, folk-tinged effort than 'Til Tuesday's albums, and received uniformly positive reviews upon its release in the summer of 1993. However, the album was just a small hit, spending only seven weeks on the American charts, where it peaked at 127. Nevertheless, Whatever rejuvenated...
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