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  • Audio CD (Jan. 31 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003TBW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Long Shot
2. Choice In The Matter
3. Sugarcoated
4. You Could Make A Killing
5. Superball
6. Amateur
7. All Over Now
8. Par For The Course
9. You're With Stupid Now
10. That's Just What You Are
11. Frankenstein
12. Ray
13. It's Not Safe

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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

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Format: Audio CD
Having all Aimee's 'Til Tuesday CDs, I continued on with her solo stuff a few years ago when I purchased "Whatever"...which is an absolutely great CD. I recently purchased "I'm With Stupid", hoping that it would pick up where "Whatever" left off. Boy, was I wrong! Don't get me wrong...I love Aimee's music and her golden voice, but this is definitely her weakest effort. Without getting into boring specifics, the songs are all slower and rely more on the complex lyrics, rather than the combination of lyrics and sound, to grab your attention. The production is raw and unpolished...lacking Aimee's gorgeous layered vocals and sounding more like she recorded it in her garage! Unlike the later 'Til Tuesday stuff and "Whatever", not one of the songs on "Im With Stupid" stuck in my head. It lacks the many "hooks", "bouncy" tunes and gorgeous slower songs that really stay with you. Be that as it may, the mainstream female pop vocalists of today (Brittany, Christina, Alanis, Cheryl) still can't carry Aimee's shoes!!!
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Aimee Mann is one of the most underrated and overlooked singer/songwriters today. She always had a wit and cynicism to her music. I loved Aimee in Til Tuesday. She always had a knack for writing the catchiest pop melodies. As a solo artist, she never lost that ability. Her songwriting however became wittier and cynical which is a good thing to me. "Whatever" is my favorite Aimee Mann cd. "Bachelor No.3" was excellent as well. I haven't heard Aimee's latest album "Lost in Space" yet but I do want to get it since she covers my favorite Coldplay song on the new version of "Lost in Space". "I'm With Stupid" is probably Aimee's weakest solo album I have heard though. A lot of the songs just didn't strike a chord with me. It isn't that I didn't like them but they just didn't stick out in my head except for songs like "Amateur" (a beautiful piano ballad), "All Over Now", It's Not Safe", andthe single "That's Just What You Are". The production value on "I'm With Stupid" is excellent though. Although I don't consider "I'm With Stupid" to be one of Aimee's stronger works, it is still a good solid album.
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"Im With Stupid," Mann`s amazing sophomore effort, is furhter proof of her greatness and domination.
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...
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After buying 'Whatever' and 'Bachelor No. 2' I moved onto 'I'm With Stupid'. Needless to say, with Aimee Mann it's impossible to be disappointed. The sound is definitely different from her other studio albums, perhaps a little rockier and containing some very clever lyrics. Furthermore it's something you'll keep coming back to again and again.
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.
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By A Customer on Nov. 30 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is great. I really love Radiohead, but honestly i have to say that for the year 1995, this record is better than The Bends (i love the bends, i think it is the second greatest record by radiohead, the first one is kid A) and this is definetly the best Aimee Mann record for me. All the songs are great (i have to say that "It's not safe" may be the only one i dislike a bit) but this is excellent and moving and emotional and, simply, great, right from the beginning. It is just amazing. Better than "whatever". Better than "Bachelor..." (my second favorite aimee record, including "Backfire")... Try "Amateur", "Choice in the Matter", "All over Now", "Par for the curse", "Superball", "You could make a killing"... TRY THE WHOLE ALBUM. YOu will be surprised. Even you can find MAESTRO Bernard Butler playing here ("Sugarcoated", "All over now"). THIS IS ONE OF THE RECORDS THAT ARE MEANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. (IF YOU LOVE BRITNEY SPEARS, NEVERMIND THIS. THEN YOU'RE WITH STUPID NOW)
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