Submitted by TripF on 24 September 2012 - 1:50pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
After the electric guitar-free 'Smilers', Aimee Mann sounds more plugged in than she has in years. Much of this is down to band member Jamie Edwards, laying fizzy new wave synths and elegant guitar solos. The subjects are the same tart fare as ever - the emotional punchbag of 'Labrador', the partner of the unstable girl from 'Crazytown' and the hopeless, damaged hoarder of 'Gumby'. Mann's take on dysfunctional in its many forms always gives a few zingers: in the wonderful, epic 'Soon Enough' the payoff is 'What's more fun / Than other people's Hell'. Her bitter proganist of 'Gamma Ray' is told 'There's some weakness you can't forgive / And from that, you've been turned into a monster'. With each album, Aimee Mann's albums take longer for me to get into but always repay the faith - after my initial indifference 'Smilers' is now one of my favourites and 'Charmer' is already growing fast. This is involving, elegant pop music.
What does it all *mean*?:
The acid-lyrics-plus-powerpop 'Leonard and McCartney' method isn't just for guys like Neil Finn and Ben Folds.
Goes well with …:
A reflective night in on your own, perhaps cooking or doing something creative. Not great for post-breakup mooching unless you crave that catharsis.
Might suit people who like …:
The aforementioned new wave of the Cars and Split Enz, and the lyrics of Joni and Ben Folds.