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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.
Dividing her time between waging war on the music industry and writing sublime pop songs, Aimee Mann shows on her fourth solo album that she is equally adept at both. "Let's hear it for guys like me," she sings over the lilting rhythms and stylish guitar work of "Guys Like Me." Her case for toppling the corporate structure is airtight; just check her Web site for the latest bulletin. Her music, meanwhile, keeps getting better. The success of the Magnolia soundtrack may have restored her confidence following the record company strife that followed her first two solo releases--Whatever and I'm With Stupid--but the wounds have not healed. "All the perfect drugs and superheroes wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero," the former 'Til Tuesday singer imparts over the layered, lush tones of the opening "Humpty Dumpty." Meanwhile, on the emotionally distressed "It's Not," she muses over a forlorn 16-piece string section, "I keep waiting for a change but I don't know for what." It could be the prettiest, most polite battle cry ever. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
Although short in length, you might find it hard to skip any of these songs. Each is an expertly crafted tale that fits nicely into the larger work--each song flowing into the next very smoothly. Nothing seems out of place or ill-fitting in this CD.
Overall, Aimee's song-writing skills shine on this album. The instrumentation is sublime with a heavy emphasis on acoustic guitar. The emotions are flawlessly conveyed by Aimee's unusual yet candid vocals. I would highly recommend this CD to anyone wanting to add quality music to their collection--you might be surprised by what you can find drifting in space.
p.s. i recommend you listen to "humpty dumpty" with the following chorus:
"better take the KiSS
and drive forever."
somehow it makes me relate more
Previously much of Aimee's lyrical content detailed troubled relationships between individuals, providing interpretations that the characters involved could be lovers or business associates (again, with the record company issues). Lost In Space strays from this as Aimee's pen ventures into the topics of love, addiction, and their resultant aftermath of desperation. Musically, Space is much darker than her previous efforts - not as jaunty as Whatever, less fuzz than I'm With Stupid, without the reemergent spirit of Bachelor No. 2. Lead-off track and first single, "Humpty Dumpty," demonstrates the lyrical mix predominant on Space as the addiction in "All the perfect drugs / and superheroes / wouldn't be enough / to bring me up to zero" leads into the bridge of desperation, "Get out while you can / baby I'm pouring quicksand / and sinking is all I had planned" as producer Michael Lockwood's slide guitar and chamberlain blend to create a sound the emotional equivalent of moving forward while standing in place.Read more ›
The themes are still feelings of sadness, despair, and addiction. In a way, the "downs" feel more intense (Humpty Dumpty) than anything that was heart-wrenching in previous records. Also noticed in Aimee's work is that sometimes she adapts a counselor role in a song, designed for her listeners (in previous records songs like Wise Up or You Do); here it's Real Bad News, which as its title implies is just such the case. No consolation offered. Reality is demure, some avenues just aren't open to some, and it's true. I give Aimee Mann kudos for being so straight-forward in her music, unafraid of criticism for it.
Songs I particularly liked: Pavlov's Bell, employing some of Aimee's accustomed brilliant metaphores, The Moth, and in particular, Today Is The Day, which have a very intergalactic impression based on the lazy, moon defying tone. This second song was featured in the prepostruous film, "Enough" starring the prepostruous superstar J-Lo. I ran across this on that film's soundtrack page. "The movie sucked, but there was this one song in the background that was so beautiful. I looked for the soundtrack, but it was just a score. I just tracked it down. It's Aimee Mann and it's on her CD "Lost In Space." It's here!
Most recent customer reviews
I'll keep this short and sweet. IMO "Lost in Space" is the best piece of work Aimee Mann has done. Buy this album now.Published on July 3 2008 by Rod Missaghian
From the opener to the closer it beomces apparent that Aimee Mann's "Lost In Space" is no joyride. Read morePublished on May 23 2004
ok, i'll admit it, the first thing that caught my attention was the very cool cover art (there's a lot more inside by the way) so I thought I'd give it a chance. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by Scott E Mantooth
This Super Audio CD version from Mobile Fidelity contains a regular stereo CD layer and a stereo SACD layer. The sound of the SACD layer is simply fantastic. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by tanasii
Aimee Mann is like fine wine, she just keeps getting better. Lost In Space is a haunting, melodic album full of evocative, lyrically brilliant songs that stick with you long after... Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Pascal
I gave "Lost In Space" five well-deserved stars and can honestly say there is not one song on this CD i dislike. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Lauren
Sometime in the middle of last year, Aimee Mann released her fourth studio solo album, Lost In Space. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Caris Mauri
This CD is amazing. Every song rocks. Aimee Mann is one of the best singers of our time, and its a shame she is so often overlooked. Lost in Space is her best album yet. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003