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Bachelor No.2

Aimee Mann Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars An album's worth of music Feb. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Remember when you used to get a new album and savor it. Listening to it over and over again. One song would catch you and then, accidentally listening to another more closely, you realize that another and then another became more important. This recording will fulfill all of your needs.
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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic Jan. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Over the years, the music industry became more focused on making money and less on art. Why else are we subjected to manufactured garbage like Britney Spears and O-Town? And worse yet, the music industry manages to screw over various artists (who has more talent in their little fingers than Britney and O-Town) like Wilco and Aimee Mann? Although starting up one's own record label isn't anything new (see Ani Difranco and hardcore legends Fugazi), Aimee's problems with former label Interscope drew a lot of attention. When Interscope couldn't find any so-called "hits" on what would be "Bachelor No.2", Aimee was forced to buy back her own music from that ugly conglomerate called Interscope and release it to the public. The results is a stunning collection of melodic, infectious pop/rock tunes. A couple of songs from "Bachelor No. 2" was taken from the soundtrack to the soundtrack of "Magnolia". Being a big Til Tuesday fan and of Aimee's first two solo albums, I bought this after hearing a bit of the album at a local record store. I really fell in love with the first two tracks "How Am I Different" and "Nothing is Good Enough". Those two songs convinced me to buy this album (which was a couple of years ago). I can totally relate to those particular songs. What makes Aimee such a great songwriter is that her songs makes the listener feel like that he or she can relate to what Aimee is singing about. Jon Brion does a terrific job producing Aimee's third solo album. Besides the first two tracks, my other favorite song on this album is "Satellite". All the songs on this album is wonderful. I honestly think that Interscope had their heads in the sand when they didn't think this album wasn't capable of greatness. "Bachelor No.2" is an artistic success which can't be said about a lot of albums that are being released by the boatloads every week. If anything, "Bachelor No.2" is the perfect soundtrack to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Bachelor No.2 is #1 in my Book Nov. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first found out about Aimee Mann's music the same way a lot of newbies do, through the soundtrack of P.T. Anderson's wonderful ensemble drama, "Magnolia". Went right out of the theatre to my local CD shop (absolutely loved it). But I was delighted that Aimee Mann's next solo project, "Bachelor No.2" was just as good if not better then "Magnolia" (no Supertramp songs mixed in... just Amiee). There is something about this album that is just hypnotic. Aimee's voice and her songs just seem to wrap themselves around your brain and refuse to let go.After you listen to this CD you just don't want listen to anything else (except for maby other Aimee Mann albums).Don't get me wrong, I listen to a huge variety of artists & their music. But after listening to these songs they really stay with you for awhile.My favorite song on the album is probably "Ghost World". This song I assume is based on the wildly popular graphic novel of the same name and is all about that weird time of feeling lost between graduation and entering into the real world. Love this song! Other favorites include "Red Vines", "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist" and of course some of the tunes that originaly appeared in "Magnolia" which includes "Deathly" and "Driving Sideways". Aimee's songs are just pure poetry set to music.They always leave you with something to think about while the song just goes round n' round in your head. Buy this CD! You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aimme Mann is Brilliant!
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 more
Published on March 12 2008 by James Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
It figures that another genius--Juliana Hatfield--is featured on this magnificent album.
Published on June 22 2004 by John Jeffrey Macginnis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound but NOT 5.1
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
5.0 out of 5 stars helps us get through
i'm going through hi school, which as everyone says is a hard time in different ways for each person. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good medicine
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 more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Katy
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimee's Finest Album to Date.....
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 more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by fetish_2000
3.0 out of 5 stars I must be defective or this is not a great CD
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 more
Published on July 9 2003 by Justarasta
5.0 out of 5 stars Longtime Fan
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 more
Published on May 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Last Remains of Aimee Mann
Bachelor No. 2 was simply magnificent. The album is musically, lyrically, and intellectually strong. (You saw right: intellectually strong. Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Melanie Hawthorne
4.0 out of 5 stars Lennon meets Suzanne Vega ...with <<expletive deleted>>
Well, that's just me, being vulgar, describing the sound as best I can.
A series of semi-polished songs, several in Beatle-structure mode, B2 rocks because Mann displays both... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Timothy P. Young
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