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Bachelor No.2

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  • Audio CD (Dec 31 1899)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: United Musicians / SuperEgo
  • ASIN: B00004RG4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. How Am I Different
2. Nothing Is Good Enough
3. Red Vines
4. The Fall of the World's Own Optimist
5. Satellite
6. Deathly
7. Ghost World
8. Calling It Quits
9. Driving Sideways
10. Just like Anyone
11. Susan
12. It Takes All Kinds
13. You Do

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Import edition of the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter's wonderful third solo album, originally released in 2000. Featuring 15 tracks (two more than the domestic), it replaces 'Driving Sideways' with 'Backfire' and CD-ROM video for the Academy Award nominated song 'Save Me'. V2.


Bachelor No. 2 is the product of a woman whose 40th birthday looms months ahead, and it illustrates how a little seasoning has paid off creatively for Aimee Mann. Always an incisive lyricist, the eloquent singer/songwriter further hones her wordplay to a razor-sharp edge. Her subjects are so adroitly sliced and diced that little blood is shed, though they're permanently cut down to size. "Calling It Quits" targets some cad who is "numbering himself among the masterminds 'cause he's hit upon the leverage of valentines". Not that Mann spares herself from a steely assessment: "I know I had it coming / From a Caesar who was only slumming" she admits in "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist". Though this 13-track collection borrows three songs from its immediate predecessor, Mann's soundtrack to Magnolia, its musical ingenuity and consistency (notable considering five different production teams are credited here) make the scattered redundancies irrelevant. Mann's artistic growth has been evident with each new release, and Bachelor marks her biggest leap forward to date. --Steven Stolder

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I don't normally gush over singers, but Aimee Mann is worth owning. I was introduced to her work by the film Magnolia, and went on a downloading binge from there. There are real gems throughout her entire body of work. You'll be driving along, and suddenly a line that you've heard again and again will strike you as something new and wonderful and insightful. On this album, the song 'Calling it Quits', 'It Takes all Kinds' and 'How am I Different' are particularly striking. Since downloading her music, I've made a point of not only purchasing the albums, but buying them for friends. All have become fans. The album 'The Forgotten Arm' is incredible, as is Bachelor No. 2. Treat yourself and give both of them a listen. She also has an excellent podcast from her website. Here I am 'pouring out praise like a true believer'...which is a word away from an Aimee Mann lyric. Great stuff. You won't be disappointed.

James Calhoun
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Remember when you used to get a new album and savor it. Listening to it over and over again. One song would catch you and then, accidentally listening to another more closely, you realize that another and then another became more important. This recording will fulfill all of your needs.
I like hard edged pop/rock but I am also drawn to music by women as their lyrics often top men as they sing about important things. From Joni Mitchell to the Raincoats to Sleater-Kinney their music is somehow more substantial. I am a relative newbie to Aimee Mann. I saw Magnolia and frankly thought it was pretentious and overbearing and yet the music (which it is an ode to) kept haunting me. I had read reviews of Aimee Mann's work which complimented the song work but criticized her even keel vocals. Finally, I bit the bullet and bought the cd. I didn't play it for a while. After I did, Red Vines stood out and then, one by one, I got new favorites. I am now devouring her work and buying all of it.
The music is impeccable. In fact, my only criticism is that the songs are a little too perfect. (overproduced). I would love to see the process of her writing and arranging these songs. They are incredibly thought out and arranged. I would bet though that the earlier versions or accoustic demos would be gems.
If I had to compare Ms. Mann to anyone, I would say she is the next generations Joni Mitchell. Her albums are artistic works of the highest merit. It is added glee that she is totally independent. It would make the world seem a little nicer if she would get the audience or even airtime on the horrible radio landscape that would make the major labels beg for her return. And then say "No!"
By the way, she also is excellent in concert. I just saw her in Tucson a couple of weeks ago. Carry on Aimee!!
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Over the years, the music industry became more focused on making money and less on art. Why else are we subjected to manufactured garbage like Britney Spears and O-Town? And worse yet, the music industry manages to screw over various artists (who has more talent in their little fingers than Britney and O-Town) like Wilco and Aimee Mann? Although starting up one's own record label isn't anything new (see Ani Difranco and hardcore legends Fugazi), Aimee's problems with former label Interscope drew a lot of attention. When Interscope couldn't find any so-called "hits" on what would be "Bachelor No.2", Aimee was forced to buy back her own music from that ugly conglomerate called Interscope and release it to the public. The results is a stunning collection of melodic, infectious pop/rock tunes. A couple of songs from "Bachelor No. 2" was taken from the soundtrack to the soundtrack of "Magnolia". Being a big Til Tuesday fan and of Aimee's first two solo albums, I bought this after hearing a bit of the album at a local record store. I really fell in love with the first two tracks "How Am I Different" and "Nothing is Good Enough". Those two songs convinced me to buy this album (which was a couple of years ago). I can totally relate to those particular songs. What makes Aimee such a great songwriter is that her songs makes the listener feel like that he or she can relate to what Aimee is singing about. Jon Brion does a terrific job producing Aimee's third solo album. Besides the first two tracks, my other favorite song on this album is "Satellite". All the songs on this album is wonderful. I honestly think that Interscope had their heads in the sand when they didn't think this album wasn't capable of greatness. "Bachelor No.2" is an artistic success which can't be said about a lot of albums that are being released by the boatloads every week. If anything, "Bachelor No.2" is the perfect soundtrack to life.
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I first found out about Aimee Mann's music the same way a lot of newbies do, through the soundtrack of P.T. Anderson's wonderful ensemble drama, "Magnolia". Went right out of the theatre to my local CD shop (absolutely loved it). But I was delighted that Aimee Mann's next solo project, "Bachelor No.2" was just as good if not better then "Magnolia" (no Supertramp songs mixed in... just Amiee). There is something about this album that is just hypnotic. Aimee's voice and her songs just seem to wrap themselves around your brain and refuse to let go.After you listen to this CD you just don't want listen to anything else (except for maby other Aimee Mann albums).Don't get me wrong, I listen to a huge variety of artists & their music. But after listening to these songs they really stay with you for awhile.My favorite song on the album is probably "Ghost World". This song I assume is based on the wildly popular graphic novel of the same name and is all about that weird time of feeling lost between graduation and entering into the real world. Love this song! Other favorites include "Red Vines", "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist" and of course some of the tunes that originaly appeared in "Magnolia" which includes "Deathly" and "Driving Sideways". Aimee's songs are just pure poetry set to music.They always leave you with something to think about while the song just goes round n' round in your head. Buy this CD! You won't regret it!
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