Dividing her time between waging war on the music industry and writing sublime pop songs, Aimee Mann shows on her fourth solo album that she is equally adept at both. "Let's hear it for guys like me," she sings over the lilting rhythms and stylish guitar work of "Guys Like Me." Her case for toppling the corporate structure is airtight; just check her Web site for the latest bulletin. Her music, meanwhile, keeps getting better. The success of the Magnolia soundtrack may have restored her confidence following the record company strife that followed her first two solo releases--Whatever and I'm With Stupid--but the wounds have not healed. "All the perfect drugs and superheroes wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero," the former 'Til Tuesday singer imparts over the layered, lush tones of the opening "Humpty Dumpty." Meanwhile, on the emotionally distressed "It's Not," she muses over a forlorn 16-piece string section, "I keep waiting for a change but I don't know for what." It could be the prettiest, most polite battle cry ever. --Aidin Vaziri
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Bachelor number what??
David Smith | 08/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""lost in space" is almost a perfect album. i don't like how some of the songs were performed on "bachelor no. 2" compared to her superior versions on the magnolia soundtrack, or live. on "lost in space," aimee mann MAKES IT LOOK EASY as a songwriter. she deftly chronicles a crumbling relationship with wonderful lyrics and catchy acoustic hooks, as her backing electric band adds drama.
"humpty dumpty" is a perfect pop-rock song about her ending relationship and how "all the perfect drugs and superheroes" couldn't put her back together again. if an emo band performed this, it would be incredibly annoying, but mann comes across as sincere and understated. absolutely brilliant. like i said, she makes it look easy!!!!
the next 4 songs are great. "pavlov's bell" brings upbeat rock energy to the album. "real bad news" is a grower of a song. at first i thought it was slightly boring, but now it's one of my favorites. it's followed by "invisible ink," another amazing song! though i don't think the opening line makes sense, the rest is so beautiful. mann brilliantly uses ouija boards ("I feel like a ghost who's trying to move your hands over some Ouija board, in the hopes I can spell out my name") and magic tricks ("what some take for magic at first glance, is just sleight of hand, depending on what you believe") as a metaphor for her relationship. "today's the day" is perhaps the climax of the album. she desperately pleads "isn't it good enough for you? isn't it enough to prove today's the day?" (to leave her for good). "and baby isn't this your chance, to make a break with circumstance?"
"the moth" is a catchy acoustic song using moths being drawn to the flame as a metaphor for love. it's really good. but perhaps the best song on the whole album is "it's not," a heartbreaking short acoustic song that sums up all the heartbreak of the album. ("So baby kiss me like a drug, like a respirator. And let me fall into the dream of the astronaut, where I get lost in space floating on forever - and you could call the rest just an afterthought"). wow.
aimee mann has kind of a monotone delivery that makes me disinterested when the song isn't catchy, but there's none of that on "lost in space." she never sings too hard (take note, jessica simpson and christina aguilera) yet she never fails to boldly and plainly tell her story in a touching, emotional way. her voice is perfect and her band totally nails every instrument, including keyboards which i usually don't like. very few females can pull off a rock song in a good way, but this band does.. they add punch and interesting flourishes to the songs without trying too hard to rock (like the people on that lame rock star reality show).
i definitely disagree with those who say this album sucks.. i don't like all or maybe even most of aimee mann's stuff, but she really nailed it on the head with this one. i can't stop listening. it's simply brilliant, and i know what i'm talking about."
The Best of Aimee
N. Bartek | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This in my opinion, is the best of Aimee Mann cds. It's not a cd you listen to when you are in a good mood. It's kind of depressing but it is also very good. If you brought one of her earlier cds and were disappointed you should get this one. It will revive your love for Aimee."
David Kozisek | Washington, DC United States | 07/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great Lyrics, Great Compositions, Great Performance, Great Packaging. This is my first Aimee Mann album and I'm blown away."