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Bachelor No. 2 is the product of a woman whose 40th birthday looms months ahead, and it illustrates how a little seasoning has paid off creatively for Aimee Mann. Always an incisive lyricist, the eloquent singer/songwriter further hones her wordplay to a razor-sharp edge. Her subjects are so adroitly sliced and diced that little blood is shed, though they're permanently cut down to size. "Calling It Quits" targets some cad who is "numbering himself among the masterminds 'cause he's hit upon the leverage of valentines". Not that Mann spares herself from a steely assessment: "I know I had it coming / From a Caesar who was only slumming" she admits in "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist". Though this 13-track collection borrows three songs from its immediate predecessor, Mann's soundtrack to Magnolia, its musical ingenuity and consistency (notable considering five different production teams are credited here) make the scattered redundancies irrelevant. Mann's artistic growth has been evident with each new release, and Bachelor marks her biggest leap forward to date. --Steven Stolder
Top Customer Reviews
I like hard edged pop/rock but I am also drawn to music by women as their lyrics often top men as they sing about important things. From Joni Mitchell to the Raincoats to Sleater-Kinney their music is somehow more substantial. I am a relative newbie to Aimee Mann. I saw Magnolia and frankly thought it was pretentious and overbearing and yet the music (which it is an ode to) kept haunting me. I had read reviews of Aimee Mann's work which complimented the song work but criticized her even keel vocals. Finally, I bit the bullet and bought the cd. I didn't play it for a while. After I did, Red Vines stood out and then, one by one, I got new favorites. I am now devouring her work and buying all of it.
The music is impeccable. In fact, my only criticism is that the songs are a little too perfect. (overproduced). I would love to see the process of her writing and arranging these songs. They are incredibly thought out and arranged. I would bet though that the earlier versions or accoustic demos would be gems.
If I had to compare Ms. Mann to anyone, I would say she is the next generations Joni Mitchell. Her albums are artistic works of the highest merit. It is added glee that she is totally independent. It would make the world seem a little nicer if she would get the audience or even airtime on the horrible radio landscape that would make the major labels beg for her return. And then say "No!"
By the way, she also is excellent in concert. I just saw her in Tucson a couple of weeks ago. Carry on Aimee!!
Most recent customer reviews
I don't normally gush over singers, but Aimee Mann is worth owning. I was introduced to her work by the film Magnolia, and went on a downloading binge from there. Read morePublished on March 12 2008 by James Calhoun
It figures that another genius--Juliana Hatfield--is featured on this magnificent album.Published on June 22 2004 by John Jeffrey Macginnis
This is a fabulous disc, one that you'll be listening to 10 years from now. The SACD stereo sound quality is superb, however the hybrid SACD is a STEREO ONLY, not 5.1 mix.Published on April 12 2004
i'm going through hi school, which as everyone says is a hard time in different ways for each person. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
It's my belief that if everyone owned a copy of Aimee Mann's "Bachelor no. 2" this world would be a much more peaceful place. This is my feel-good album. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by Katy
Possibly not yet a household name, but her albums have long since been many a critics favourite. (She also wrote several songs for the 'Tom Cruise' film "Magnolia"), but with a... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by fetish_2000
I'm really trying here. I bought Lost in Space, which I really do prefer to this CD and even got the TT compliation and then I got this CD out again which someone gave me. Read morePublished on July 9 2003 by Justarasta
This cd is a must for those who have followed Aimee Mann since here Til' Tuesday days (like myself), and for those who desire to explore something new and different and appreciate... Read morePublished on May 6 2003
Bachelor No. 2 was simply magnificent. The album is musically, lyrically, and intellectually strong. (You saw right: intellectually strong. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Melanie Hawthorne