Aimee Mann just came out with a new album. It has gotten some good reviews and a decent amount of coverage in the press, a couple of the most interesting of which I have included here. She's a smart person and I enjoy listening to her thoughts on the world of music and beyond. I will say I have not listened to the allbum yet, even though I pre-ordered it on her website. I have been afraid to because of her track record lately.
I absolutely loved her first three albums (In fact, "I'm With Stupid" is one of my all-time favorite albums) but I was bored with her last three albums, mostly because she forgot to write any melodies. Maybe she was too busy coming up with interesting concepts to have time to write some catchy hooks so the songs were at best just mid-tempo dirges or no-tempo ballads. This new one, "Charmer", is supposed to be a throw-back to her early stuff and to 1970's and 1980's power pop, which sounds great in concept but focusing on concepts is what tanked the last few albums, hence my nervousness. So below is the intellectual, verbal, side of Aimee Mann, which I love to hear, and maybe later I can discuss her actual music, which I'm afraid to hear.