Aimee Mann – Whatever

ARTIST: Aimee Mann  Aimee_Mann_-_Whatever
TITLE: Whatever
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #127 US, #39 UK
SINGLES: I Should’ve Known (#45 UK), Stupid Thing (#47 UK), Say Anything
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 4th of July.
LINEUP: Aimee Mann, Jon Brion, Buddy Judge, Todd Nelson, Jim Keltner, Michael Hausman, Milt Sutton, session horns and strings
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut solo record leaves the ghosts of ‘Til Tuesday way behind and makes adult music that’s pleasing and personal.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Aimee Mann’s journey from ‘Til Tuesday to a solo career meant moving away from pop and new wave and more towards an adult sound based on introspection and personal stories.

This debut shows a side that one wouldn’t expect from a former few-hit wonder. There was always an introspective side to ‘Til Tuesday, but now Mann seemed free to express herself without the pressure of getting a hit single with a hit sound. The result was a relaxed and mature record – one that shows an ear for melody yet also shows a gift form complexity in arrangements and lyrics.

Many of the songs on this album stay without for a while. They’re haunting and memorable. It’s a great and unexpected solo debut.

NOTES & MINUTAIE: Mann sang on “Time Stands Still” by Rush

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in Germany there’s a bonus disc.

GRADE: A-: I don’t have many complaints about this at all – it’s a long way from “Love in a Vacuum”

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