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Coming Up Close: A Retrospecti Best of, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 18 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AE0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Love In A Vacuum
2. Voices Carry (Single Mix)
3. You Know The Rest
4. No One Is Watching You Now
5. On Sunday
6. Coming Up Close
7. Will She Just Fall Down
8. David Denies
9. What About Love
10. Why Must I
11. The Other End (Of The Telescope)
12. J For Jules
13. (Believed You Were) Lucky
14. Limits To Love
15. Long Gone Buddy
16. Do It Again

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Vaguely remembering a few songs from the band, I bought this as a curiousity, sort of liked it upon listening, and then it grew on me. This collection of songs from 'Til Tuesday's first 3 cd's is an excellent compilation of thoroughly listenable music, featuring Aimee's knowing and beautiful voice in steady compositions of neatly synthesized musical sounds. There is something that just works about the flow of tracks in this compilation (which is a rare phenomenon of greatest hits records). Standouts are the haunting "No One Is Watching You Now" and the engaging upbeat syncopations of "On Sunday," though this entire cd has a wealth of original vintage 1980's pop sounds, that haven't lost their touch or appeal, proving a certain timelessness in the songwriting and production. Simply a great cd.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa30b73f0) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e7cf6c) out of 5 stars A look at Aimee Mann's early years ... April 26 2005
By Invisiboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, a good chunk of the material here is very '80s, but it's all excellent. Despite the somewhat dated recordings, the songs pulse with Mann's thoughtfulness, intrigue and a touch of seething anger. Two of 'til tuesday's three hits are on this CD, which is great, but I am scratching my head at why "Looking Over My Shoulder" was left out. What a GREAT song! And it was a hit! Its omission baffles me. With that song, this would have been a five-star CD, but it's still pretty darn fabulous. If you are an Aimee Mann fan, this CD is definitely up your alley, my friend.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e7cfc0) out of 5 stars Dreamy and introspective April 24 2000
By Shambaqua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One summer in the mid-to-late-1980s my family took a sidewinding trip to Ocean City, Maryland to visit my relatives. On the radio at the time were such high-power ballads as Heart's "These Dreams" and Ric Ocasek's "Emotion in Motion"...and then there was Til Tuesday, a band with a distinctly flamboyant veneer masking true depth. To see Aimee Mann realize her true artistic forum in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" is, for such a musical connoisseur as myself, a true testament to the talent of the woman whose band reflects such great memories for me as throwing a fluorescent blue ball on the Ocean City beach while the waves pounded the surf and the TV show "Valerie" (which later became "The Hogan Family") played on the television eight floors above. Everything's changed now, but one still can unload with a few of the terrific songs: "Voices Carry", whose synthesized instrumentals always sounded good on lonely backroad nights, and "What About Love" (especially the opening chord, which plays like a haunting conglomeration of ghostly loss and what sounds vaguely like a hiccup). Many people drag 80s music down, yet for so many people of our generation, its innocence coalesced perfectly with our childhoods. I have followed Ms. Mann for a few years now (from her "Whatever" album to her role as the nine-toed woman in "The Big Lebowski") , and I'm pleased that she has broken through. Yet at a time where I tend to analyze music for its artistic merit, I need not question 'Til Tuesday. Like Punky Brewster, Rubik's cubes, and bright fluorescent balls, she made my childhood all the more memorable. Great stuff.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8b414) out of 5 stars He Wants Me, If Only Part of The Time Feb. 2 2011
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
That brilliant line came from Til Tuesday's biggest hit, "Voices Carry," and is likely the song most folks recall the band by. It also launched both the band and their lead singer/songwriter, Aimee Mann. While Mann has since embarked on a critically acclaimed career as a solo singer/songwriter, "Coming Up Close: A Retrospective" both follows the breif, three album arc of Til Tuesday and shows Mann's evolution.

"Voices Carry," both the single and first album, was typical of the MTV 80's. Synth and drum heavy, the photogenic Mann quickly struck a chord as the girl in the video to stand up in the opera scene to scream at her creep boyfriend. The songs "Love In A Vacuum" and "Looking Over My Shoulder" (which peaked at 61 on Billboard but oddly is left off this set) followed in the same vein.

While the band was set for a successful follow-up, Mann's songwriting had begun to shift into a more personal direction, as well as losing the funky new-wave style. "Welcome Home" was a great album, but lack of a "Voices Carry" clone led many to peg the band as one-hit wonders. The stinging "What About Love" did manage to peak at 26, but the song "Coming Up Close," a terrific song about the twilight of a relationship, stalled at 59. There's also a taste of the quirkier points of her solo career to come with "Will She Just Fall Done," a poppy song about a dysfunctional girlfriend.

The rest of the band was feeling left out by the start of the third album, "Everything's Different Now." Only Mann and Drummer Michael Hausman, with session players, it's basically Mann's first solo album and is partially about her breakup with songwriter Jules Shear (who co-wrote the title track). It included a collaboration with Elvis Costello on "The Other End of The Telescope" and Til Tuesday's last charting single, "Believed You Were Lucky" (a censored version, which completely changed the tone of the song) that peaked at 95. "Everything's Different Now" officially embarked Mann on her pop-folk voyage, as well as a legal battle that held up her solo recordings for another seven years.

"Coming Up Close" finishes out with an unreleased track by the original band called "Do It Again," with no other info about its origins. It's a pretty good song, but that was it for any reunions since Mann has been touring and recording steadily since. Overall, since only the debut remains in print, this retrospective is a worthy overview of a band whose output has been long overlooked.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8b7d4) out of 5 stars Timeless Pop Gems March 31 2000
By Thomas Downey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Long before Aimee Mann was the darling of the indie-pop world and earned her well deserved success with the "Magnolia" soundtrack, there was her first success with the band 'til tuesday. Often dismissed with so many others as an 80's one-hit wonder, this collection bears testimony that their music still stands out and that Aimee's new-found popularity is by no means a fluke.
Best known for the song (and video) "Voices Carry", this collection is packed with excellent soul-bearing material, criminally overlooked and pre-dating the whole Lilith Fair movement by nearly a decade. Even back in the 80's, Aimee Mann was considered a brilliant songwriter, filling her work with impeccable musical hooks and confessional lyrics. Musically it does seem to be a tad dated by today's standards, however what is here is 80's pop music at it's height. The production is glossy but not overbearing. The songs still come shining through. And all brilliantly remastered.
It is not a complete collection; there are some ommissions, noteably a song from the first album and many from "Everything's Different Now" (which is a "best-of" album in it's own right - get that one as well). But all the major highlights are here. If you are merely purchasing this for the big hit single (honestly the low point of the album!), you'll find yourself pleasnatly suprised once you realize there was much more to 'til tuesday. If you just heard of Aimee from "Magnolia", welcome to one of pop's best kept secrets.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e8b8b8) out of 5 stars Brilliant April 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having just been aquainted with the music of Aimee Mann, I have to admit I had reservations about purchasing this album. I'm not a fan of synth-pop, and "Voices Carry" certainly fits into that category.
Needless to say, "Voices Carry" and "Love In A Vacuum" are the weakest tracks on this compilation. Aimee had the hindsight to see the limitations of synthesized pop and dared to progress towards a more organic sound (at a time when it wasn't in vogue to do so). This CD certainly reflects that decision. So many songs on this CD alone qualify as classic pop: "J For Jules", "Limits To Love", "The Other End (Of The Telescope)", "David Denies", "Long Gone Buddy" etc.
Aimee Mann is a brilliant songwriter, arguably the most talented of her generation. Here we can track the development of her talent through her initial 'til Tuesday project. If you have any interest in pop music (in the vein of The Beatles), you NEED this album.


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