i heard of aimee mann when i was 15, my mom had her ultimate collection. unlike that compilation of catchy hits, lost in space flows as an album, which is very important. some songs are reminiscent of shawn colvin (which to me sound like subtle fillers, and work) others carry the energy of the beatles, like humpty dumpty, guys like me, and pavlov's bell. however the most poignant lyrics lie on the slow songs like today's the day, the moth, and it's not. i respect all of her work, however this the album to start off with for aimee mann, she has grown so much as a songwriter. lost in space is inspiring, an enlightenment from an artist who has journeyed through so much tribulation and at this point she accepts it, uses it to drive her songs. if an album can make me ramble in praise for this long, believe me, it is worth buying (and listening to free on her site.)
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