|1. Long Shot|
|2. Choice In The Matter|
|4. You Could Make A Killing|
|7. All Over Now|
|8. Par For The Course|
|9. You're With Stupid Now|
|10. That's Just What You Are|
|13. It's Not Safe|
I'm With Stupid was fresh, rough, biting, witty, sarcastic, and heartfelt all at once. It still is... its effects have not dulled with time (and admittedly, for me, overplay!) Mann is gifted with making you nod in agreement with her while feeling like you are walking across gravel barefoot. She has a unique voice coupled with an aggressive style (on this album; toned down hereafter in her songs on the Magnolia soundtrack and in Bachelor #2).
One reviewer wrote that you cannot sing along with these songs... cannot listen to them in the car... and for me, this simply isn't true. All the songs are catchy; all of the songs get stuck in my head... and I sing along (in the car) all the time. It is all a matter of taste, yes. I am a fan of other contemporary female performers, and I believe Aimee Mann to be the best of them all.
"There is nothing that competes with habit,/And I know it's not that deep nor tragic.../simply that you have to have it" Mann sings in the bitter ballad "You Could Make a Killing".Read more ›
The record follows the style of her previous release "Whatever", which also followed the style of Til Tuesday's final release "Everything's Different Now" (which could have more aptly been referred to as the first solo Aimee Mann record, because of it's stylistic divergence from previous Til Tuesday work).
Whereas "Whatever" was very polished and Beatles-influenced, "I'm With Stupid Now" intentionally takes a bit of the polish off. The recording and production is still stellar, but this time there are a lot of special effects, and subtleties put in, which give the album a feel of cohesiveness whereas "Whatever" may have seemed a little more sterile. In one track, there is actually the scratching of an old LP record mixed in quietly to the song (Amateur).
One of the strongest tracks on the song are "It's Not Safe", which is ironically the final song. In an age where artists often stack a record with the best 3 or 4 tracks up front, often followed by filler material, this stands as another example of Aimee Mann's bucking the system (another example being that the lyrics for this record are printed on the inside cover - in alphabetical order, word by word! So she has a sense of humor as well). "It's Not Safe" stands out in all aspects, but primarily the lyrics which discuss the topic of trying to be a good person in an inherently messed-up world.Read more ›