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New Aimee Mann "@#%&! Smilers" - 6/3


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 02 2008 - 08:58 AM

I'm really looking forward to this one...it's already generating some great reviews:

antiMusic.com: Aimee Mann - @#%&! Smilers Review

Aimee Mann’s New Album: Less Serious But Still Smart | Newsweek Entertainment: Music | Newsweek.com

CD Review: '@#%&*! Smilers' by Aimee Mann - Eric R. Danton | Sound Check
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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted June 02 2008 - 09:48 AM

Yep, I'm there with you. I'll even wear my favorite Mann tee-shirt in honor (illustrated portrait by Seth).

The Forgotten Arm was sort of a slow burn for me. Now it's my first choice when I want to listen to her. I'm sure I'll be wearing out the new one too.

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#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 03 2008 - 07:50 AM

Just got back from Best Buy ($9.99) and popped it in...I'm already hooked on "Freeway!"
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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted June 03 2008 - 08:06 AM

I went for the Deluxe Edition.
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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted June 03 2008 - 08:09 AM

I have it on order; also deluxe.

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#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 03 2008 - 08:32 AM

I probably should have gone deluxe...not sure why I didn't.

I'm really liking it so far. While I don't yet own "The Forgotten Arm" it sounds akin to "Lost In Space" to me. It moves pretty quickly too...out of the 13 tracks, only 3 tracks are longer than 4 minutes.
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Posted June 03 2008 - 11:40 AM

I have the Special Edition on order at Amazon, the damn thing still hasn't shipped. Posted Image

Been listening to the pre-release for a couple weeks and it's a very solid effort. I really don't think Aimee Mann can make a bad CD.

#8 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 03 2008 - 02:13 PM

It got a 4/5 stars at allmusic.com but the review has not yet been posted, only the rating.
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#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 03 2008 - 03:21 PM

Review just posted at Allmusic.com - allmusic ((( @#%&*! Smilers > Overview )))

Arguably, Aimee Mann hasn't released a simple collection of songs since her 1999 breakthrough with the Magnolia soundtrack and its cousin, Bachelor No. 2. Her releases since then have been prominent and respected, yet they played as explorations, with 2003's Lost in Space floating in the ether and 2006's The Forgotten Arm qualifying as an outright concept album. With @#%&*! Smilers, she returns to simply writing and recording songs, a back to basics that isn't quite so basic, as it finds Mann livelier and snarkier than she's been in a while. That censored profanity in the record's complete title -- it's easy to see but not say or write -- is a tip-off that Smilers has a defiant cynicism rippling throughout the record, something that's welcome after the careful craftsmanship of The Forgotten Arm and the spacy sleepiness of Lost in Space. Although this could hardly qualify as a bold departure -- there is nothing surprising about the arrangements, which still bear the ghost of Jon Brion although he is long gone -- Smilers pops with color, something that gives it an immediacy that's rare for an artist known for songs that subtly worm their way into the subconscious. That still happens here, of course -- one of Mann's greatest strengths is that her songs unfold slowly, seeming indelible after a few listens -- but Smilers grabs a listener, never making him or her work at learning the record, as there are both big pop hooks and a rich sonic sheen. At its heart it's just a collection of songs, but it's that rare thing for a songwriter: it works as a piece of writing and a sterling pop album of its own.
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Posted June 05 2008 - 03:13 AM

Very cool Ron. I just ordered the Lost in Space mofi SACD last night. Now I have another to get...too bad it is not hirez. Maybe mofi will do it at some point.
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#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 05 2008 - 04:08 AM

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Very cool Ron. I just ordered the Lost in Space mofi SACD last night. Now I have another to get...too bad it is not hirez. Maybe mofi will do it at some point.

LiS is one of my favorite MoFis, Lee...good choice! It sounds superb.

I agree, I hope to see "Smilers" out on SACD someday as well. MoFi always seems to do well by AM's albums.
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Posted June 05 2008 - 04:52 AM

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I really don't think Aimee Mann can make a bad CD.
Ditto. I'm digging what I've listened to so far.

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Posted June 06 2008 - 12:16 AM

I have to say that so far, I'm really disappointed.

I've been a big Aimee fan ever since Magnolia and am primarily drawn to the catchy aspect of her song writing. She usually pulls this off without sounding too poppy. Following two listenings, I have yet to discover a catchy song.

Hopefully this is a slow burn thing and I will end up loving it. We'll see soon enough.

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Posted June 06 2008 - 12:21 AM

I haven't been able to get Freeway out of my head...

Ballantines is also easy to recall without any assist.

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Posted June 06 2008 - 01:00 AM

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Hopefully this is a slow burn thing and I will end up loving it. We'll see soon enough.

I find with my first listen to her new CDs I immediately like half the songs while the other half don't make much of an impression on me. After 5-10 spins of the CD the second half of songs that originally didn't do much for me wind up being my favorites and I always wonder how it didn't suck me in on the first listen.

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Posted June 06 2008 - 07:31 AM

I find with my first listen to her new CDs I immediately like half the songs while the other half don't make much of an impression on me. After 5-10 spins of the CD the second half of songs that originally didn't do much for me wind up being my favorites and I always wonder how it didn't suck me in on the first listen.


I'm usually pretty similar, but so far with this album nothing has stuck. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood. I've been listening to lots of Metal lately.

#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 06 2008 - 02:43 PM

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I have to say that so far, I'm really disappointed.

I've been a big Aimee fan ever since Magnolia and am primarily drawn to the catchy aspect of her song writing. She usually pulls this off without sounding too poppy. Following two listenings, I have yet to discover a catchy song.

Hopefully this is a slow burn thing and I will end up loving it. We'll see soon enough.

WHA-WHAT?!?!?! Wow, I thought there were catchy songs au plenty right off the bat...31 Today, Freeway, Ballantines, Borrowing Time just to name a few. As per your other post, you're just in the wrong mood...going from metal to AM sounds like a tough transition! Posted Image In fact, I'm pleasantly surprised that it grew on me so fast...I wasn't sure how an AM CD released in the summer would hit me, but I'm digging it big time. I guess when I think of her stuff, I think autumn and winter due to the nature of the lyrics and the sparseness of some of her arrangements.
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Posted June 06 2008 - 03:27 PM

Looks like she's on Leno on Monday.
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#19 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted June 18 2008 - 06:38 AM

I missed Leno, gonna have to check it out on Youtube. I also missed her at Bonnaroo (was a tough sell getting 3 dudes over to see her), but I will check her out when she comes to ATL in September!
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Posted June 18 2008 - 12:52 PM

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Looks like she's on Leno on Monday.


Saw her, she was good.

Really liked the song she played (Freeway?)


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