For viewers who want to go to the next chapter of 'til tuesday after Voices Carry, welcome back, or should I say Welcome Home?
First up, the melancholy is still there, but it's more polished.
Gone are the dirge-like wails that characterized Voices Carry. Aimee Mann's voice is stronger here, but with just as much feeling.
The two singles, "What About Love" and "Coming Up Close" are good openers. "What About Love" seemed more accessible. "Coming Up Close" shows 'til tuesday's slight dip in the waters of country. I wonder if any female country musicians have covered this tune--lyrically and thematically, it has the right feel for a country ballad.
"David Denies" and "Lover's Day" are two examples. "Lover's Day" demonstrates how high a register Aimee Mann can go one moment and then drop down very low. It's also one of the stronger songs on the album.
"Sleeping And Waking" has an opening melody that would later be utilized in "Fifty Years After The Fair" from Aimee Mann's Whatever.
"Angels Never Call" is curiously the first 'til tuesday where it is a woman being sung about instead of a man. The verse "angels never help you/because angels always fall" might as well proceed from the saying "What goes up, must come down." So, Satan is not the only fallen angel. That figures.
Best for last: "No One Is Watching You Now" is a haunting sad song (all of them are), about the emptiness afterward and why the narrator is so, so sad. To illustrate: "Something has torn me apart/oh but what do I care/about watching my heart/I know that sadness bleeds through/and my sadness for me/is now sadness for you."
The songcraft is more polished here than on Voices Carry. The theme of loneliness competes for sadness on this. Look at the lyrics and see how many times "loneliness" or "sadness" pops up.