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4.5 out of 5

52 Ratings

Her Best - By A Long Shot

Trott,

I'm With Stupid is Aimee Mann's best album by far. The proof (besides listening to it): Even to this day she consistently plays more songs from this album in her shows than any other album. Also, when they put/threw together her (controversial) "best-of" collection about half the songs on it were from this album alone. This was when she was at the height of her collaberation with Jon Brion and still had to worry about a major record label deal - it's great that she's happy and free now but one could also make the case that having to please someone other than herself pushed her in some ways a little harder and on this album the results were a good thing indeed. Everything comes together perfectly here - the songs, the arrangements, the production, the guests (Juliana Hatfield, Difford/Tillbrook, Bernard Butler, future husband Penn), the flow of the album. (There is one song I am not crazy about - Par for the Course - but the rest flows perfectly from one song to the next) - the perfect balance of cohesiveness and variety achieved on just a few of the greatest rock albums (think Abbey Road). The first time I heard it I knew it was an instant classic and it still sounds like a classic 10+ years later. Her second best is probably the Magnolia soundtrack which is similar in a lot of ways but shorter too and more like an EP. Bottom line: if you are only going to buy one Aimee Mann album or you want somewhere to start look no further - Batchelor # 2 may be the one that got all the hype because the press finally caught on but I'm With Stupid - from the days just a few years earlier when she was still struggling in near-obscurity - will always remain her classic and her best album to date by a Long Shot. Hearing is believing.... Purchase Now!!!

Lightning strikes twice

Ian Sarabia,

The unimaginable genius exhibited in her first solo album might be considered a fluke, but her second solo effort proves she is the real deal. A songwriting talent like no other in her generation, expertly creating perfect pop tunes with no excess accompanied by the most amazing and articulate lyrics since John Lennon.

About Aimee Mann

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 her career -- after its release, critics were praising her songwriting, as were peers like Elvis Costello, Difford & Tilbrook, and Andy Partridge.

Early in 1995, Mann had a modest hit with "That's Just What You Are," a song included on the soundtrack to the television series Melrose Place. Following the success of the single, Mann was set to release her second solo album in the spring of 1995, but her record label, Imago, filed for bankruptcy before its release. She signed a contract with Reprise Records after Imago went under, but Imago prevented her from releasing any records. For most of 1995, Mann battled Imago in an attempt to free herself from the label, eventually winning her independence at the end of the year. After her dispute with Imago was settled, she signed with DGC Records. Mann's second album, I'm with Stupid, was released in England in the late fall of 1995 and in January of 1996 in America. Again, it was greeted with positive reviews yet weak sales.

Mann's career got a kick-start in early 2000, however, when she released her soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Magnolia; the song "Save Me" was later nominated for an Academy Award. Originally available only at live dates, the solo Bachelor No. 2 received national release in the spring. In the summer of 2002, Mann returned to the forefront with the self-released Lost in Space. Late 2004 saw the release of Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, a CD/DVD package recorded during her summer tour. It was followed in 2006 by the critically acclaimed Forgotten Arm, a concept album built around the return from Vietnam of a drug-addicted boxer. Mann released a collection of Christmas songs called One More Drifter in the Snow in 2006. @#%&! Smilers followed in 2008.

Mann spent the next few years working on adapting The Forgotten Arm into a musical, a project that was ultimately abandoned. She remained in the spotlight through semi-regular concerts and a memorable cameo on the IFC comedy series Portlandia before finally returning in the fall of 2012 with Charmer, her first album in four years. In 2013, Mann started performing with Ted Leo in a project that was eventually named Both; the duo released an album, also called Both, in 2014. Following that, Mann turned her attention to her ninth solo album, recording the deliberately slow and sad Mental Illness with producer Paul Bryan. The album appeared in March 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Richmond, VA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    September 8, 1960

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