Thursday, December 10, 2009

TK #66: Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2 (2000)

Mann succeeds where so many sullen singer-songwriters fail, because she possesses a facility with melody and a belief in the power of the chorus. She’s also a fine editor, which results in the songs on this album – her best – being densely packed with ideas and pop hooks. Her icily detached persona makes lines like “now that I’ve met you/would you object to/never seeing each other again” all the more powerful.

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