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I'm With Stupid
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What we're getting here is what we've come to expect from this talented songstress: pop arrangements of literate songs that deal with knotty relationships involving lovers, critics, and corporations. Mann co-wrote a song with Elvis Costello for the final 'Til Tuesday album, and it was an apt pairing. Like Costello at his best, Aimee is equal parts adroit and direct. A couplet like "I came back twice, now I'm the Anti-Christ" or "A thousand compromises don't add up to a single win" may be accompanied by something a little more to the point--"Don't you know you're a fucking freak in this world?" Mann and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion keep the songs pithy and punchy, bringing on guests like Juliana Hatfield (on the particularly intoxicating "You Could Make a Killing"), Suede alumni Bernard Butler, Michael Penn, Chris Difford, and Glenn Tilbrook for occasional adornment, but mostly maintain a hands-on approach. The result frequently recalls Abby Road-period Beatles, which isn't a bad source. --Steven Stolder
Top Customer Reviews
This record is far more complex than the previous one. Where "Whatever" aimed to rock you, this cd aims to move you. This also exemplifies the more defined style and song making of Aimee as a solo artist.
The songs are far more refined, and sound quality sounds better than before, probably aiming for more radio friendly tunes, considering she was dropped by her previous label. Even if airplay did not consider Mann in the rotation this time around either.
The songs are more touching, even though they are not as direct as the previous ones. And clearly, this is a more entertaingin album.
The main difference between this cd and the rest is its lack of production. Tunes are much simpler and you will find less arrangements, giving you a different side of Aimee. But at the same time this makes the record far more sincere and heart felt. Its as if it tried to avoid distractions in its music. Avoid a lead this and a lead that and just go: "here is a 'whole' song... no parts... just 'whole'"
Far much better than the previous album, "Im With Stupid" is the kind of album Fiona Apple or Alanis would definetively add to their collection. This is just a preview of the amazing things that Aimee was to become and create...
The best tracks (although they're all superb) are 'Frankenstein' and 'That's Just What You Are'. The theme seems to be relationships gone wrong and wrangled record deals. In particular 'That's Just What You Are' can be interpreted in several different ways, either as a swipe at an old boyfriend or the record company that meant there was a considerable gap between this album and her last. Aimee Mann is the master of cutting barbs maintained with a laid-back attitude and the result is a soundtrack-friendly, immediate and intelligent second album.
Never sinking into ballad territory this is a bare anaylisis of Mann's own feelings and as an incredibly personal album it works even better. In short, each album of Mann's seems like a masterpiece and this is no exception.
Most recent customer reviews
This is my favorite Aimee Mann album. By far. There isn't a bad song on the album; absolutely no filler such as you might find on other albums. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Pascal
Geesh! I first heard "All over now" on DCR digital radio and had to get this CD. "All over now" is my favorite and ALL songs are very good..no filler here. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002
Former Til Tuesday vocalist, Aimee Mann, released this 13-song pop album in 1996, three years before she finally received the recognition she deserved as a serious... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by G. Merritt
I bought this album in late 1996, just 'cos I read a review that actually inspired me to give it a try.I've never looked back.Became an absolute fan.... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by Bladz Schnobbley
Our three year old daughter made us check this one out of the library because she liked the refrigerator magnets. Wow, what a find! Great lyrics, great melodies, great sound! Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by Mike
Aimee Mann is easily the best female singer-songwriter in the US right now (see, for example, her recent work Bachelor n. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2001
I had Aimee's first solo album, Whatever, for many years before I ventured to get I'm With Stupid. I did not find that Stupid was able to grab my attention much, if at all... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001