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Album Review

From the opening of "Long Shot," with its rolling hip-hop-derived beat and its nonchalant profanity, it's clear that Aimee Mann is trying to appeal to a wider audience with her second solo album, I'm With Stupid. Taking her cues from Liz Phair and Beck, she adds alternative rock flourishes to her music but never abandons her love of the basic, three-minute pop single. Mann builds from the more pop-oriented songs on Whatever, incorporating her confessional singer/songwriter instincts into the pop songs while working with a more adventerous production and instrumentation. Occasionally, the fusion is a bit awkward, but the best moments on I'm With Stupid — the sighing "Choice in the Matter," the nearly perfect "That's Just What You Are," featuring backing vocals by Glenn Tilbrook, and the Bernard Butler collaboration "Sugarcoated" — surpass even the best moments on Whatever. However, I'm With Stupid falls short of matching Mann's debut for consistent song quality — there are several tracks that are pleasant but simply don't lead anywhere. Nevertheless, the album confirms that she is a distinctive, talented songwriter. At her best, she is as capable of melding melody with intelligent lyrics as her idols Elvis Costello, Difford/Tilbrook, and Ray Davies.

Customer Reviews

Her Best - By A Long Shot

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

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.

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I like Aimee Mann's older stuff better, but I have to put five stars because I LOOVe the song "That's Just What You Are"! I love her previous albums, they will always stay my favorite of Aimee's stuff. Her new stuff is too pop-ish but I freakin love #10 so it's hard not to give this a 5 star review. I don't care if you buy the whole thing, but at least buy "That's Just What You Are"!!! K bye

Biography

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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