Sometime in the middle of last year, Aimee Mann released her fourth studio solo album, Lost In Space. It kinda came out of nowhere, since I expected another big creative lapse between the modern work of art that was Bachelor No 2 and this; that record was the finest release of her career, and also the finest release of the new millenium. So Lost In Space, the followup, comes across as more unassuming. She brings new layers of music, new sublime sounds (whereas Bachelor No. 2 was more traditional piano and guitar with lively sound effects) that give this record a darker tone, and she comes out with a nice, modest effort that nonetheless still stands out among the first of the pack. One of 2002's best albums.
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!