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  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003TBY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. I Should've Known
2. Fifty Years After The Fair
3. 4th Of July
4. Could've Been Anyone
5. Put Me On Top
6. Stupid Thing
7. Say Anthing
8. Jacob Marley's Chain
9. Mr. Harris
10. I Could Hurt You Now
11. I Know There's A Word
12. I've Had It
13. Way Back When

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Mann has retired the 'Til Tuesday moniker, but the elements that made Everything's Different Now (1988) so superb--heartrending songs, baroque pop arrangements and lovely melodies--remains intact. Jeff Bateman

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As an Aimee fan, I was all over the place. I was introduced to the Goddess through a CD I picked up which featured "Fifty Years After The Fair." After that I bought I'm With Stupid, Bachelor No. 2 and Whatever (in that order -- and of course, Lost In Space when it was released!) Aimee has a way of always getting under your skin with her beautifully evocative lyrics. Just listen to gorgeously raw songs like "Stupid Thing" and "4th Of July." Her voice is incredible, and her talent is further showcased by the wide array of sounds and beats that she brings to the table by combining different instruments (see: "Way Back When.") No one does it better. If you're not familiar with Aimee, or only familiar with the Til Tuesday hit "Voices Carry" (of which Aimee was lead singer) buy this album first. It's a good introduction. Then buy I'm With Stupid. And Bachelor No 2. And Lost In Space. And anything else with Aimee Mann's name on it. Give her a try. She's worth it.
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Sometime between the collapse of Til Tuesday and the moment she entered her apparently permanent wallow in self-pity at how she has been treated by Stupid Boyfriends and the Big Music Industry, Aimee Mann made Whatever, her most satisfying, if still inconsistent, work. There is bile aplenty here, but it is pop tuneful (Could've Been Anyone), wistful (4th of July), and witty (Stupid Thing). Best of all, these are not songs of a victim; Mann sings angry and strong and -- clearly -- is much better off for being rid of the jerk. Rich, almost orchestral arrangements wrap most of the songs, usually to good effect but occasionally overwhelming some of the weaker cuts, e.g. Say Anything and Put Me on Top. The low point is Jacob Marley's Chain; obviously meant to be a highlight, it just sounds ponderous. On the other hand, the best moments here come when Mann simplifies or steps outside her life and time. Fifty Years After the Fair captures both the quaint faith in progress that surrounded the '36 World's Fair in New York and the disillusion in later decades. Mr. Harris is May/September romance, sweet, longing and mature all at once. I've Had It is goodbye to a band -- maybe Til Tuesday on one of her less bitter days -- that gave its best shot but fell a little short.
Just like this CD falls a little short of five stars. But with half a dozen outstanding songs, two or three more very good ones, it is definitely worth adding to the collection.
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WHATEVER is simply a wonderful cd that acomplishes brillance. Ever song on the cd is great although I have my favorite cuts as I am sure you will also. The album is so great that I am not sure how long I have been aware of Mann's music since many of the cuts so written so well they seem to be part of the very fabric of popular music (and yet unwaveringly unique). From the funk intro to "COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE" to the class love song "MR. HARRIS" each cut is captivating. Aimee sings with honest emotion, for example in the song "SAY ANYTHING" you can picture the way she smirks the words, "Get it over with", in reply to, "If there has to be an if". "Stupid Thing" is another standout song on the album. Every song feeds the addiction for more music by Ms Mann. In the final track, "Way BACK WHEN" she finishes the album asking, "wonder if we'll ever meet again?", with the quality of this album she knows that we will be searching her out for a long time to come.
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It takes me a long time to learn what I like. Radio pop is designed for a shelf life like bubblegum. I don't even try to listen to radio anymore. I don't even attend many concerts, but I went to hear Aimee Mann in an auditorium that she thought was too much like a church, with most of the audience towering above her and spotlights making revolving patterns on the ceiling that were more interesting than the starry heavens that impressed Kant so much. My most enthusiatic applause was when she mentioned this album. She did a bunch of songs from her recent album, "Lost in Space," and she obviously finds them enjoyable, and the audience even cheered the obvious references to her recent work, "Just like Pavlov's bell," but I've had "Whatever" so long now that almost everything on it is music that I recognize like it was written in my soul. Near the end of "Whatever" is the song "I've had it," which she said is not the same as "You've had it," but the song changes enough from verse to verse that one of the choruses puts it that way:
Oh, experience is cheap
if that's the company you keep
and before you know that it's free
you've had it.
Musically, the song soars on:
For when things are really great
It just means everything's in its place.
Being able to perform is the perfect illustration of the lines:
and a chance is all that I need
and I've had it.
The drumming on the little drums was great, but I might not have appreciated it as much if I hadn't had years of listening to the CD to convince me that it was precisely the way the song was supposed to go. My mind is not totally in sync with her lyrics.
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