Fun fact, Aimee Mann is the only musical guest on Buffy to get a speaking part. That has not a lot to do with Lost in Space, except that two songs from the album are played during the episode. There's a little more to this album than an intersection with nerdom, though.
Lost in Space is, at least in my estimation, Mann's finest album to date. It's not as energetic as Bachelor No. 2 or Whatever, but it more than makes up for that in the melody department.
Lost in Space has a rich, full sound to it. Little wonder, as there's quite the cast of characters. Several songs feature a full compliment of strings, and more.
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A word of caution before listening to Aimee Mann's Whatever – it may very well cause you to recalibrate your standards for songwriting. If you're setting your standards by this album, it's almost unfair to most other bands. Almost.
Released in 1993, Whatever was Mann's first solo album – but certainly not her first time to take a hand at songwriting. Mann recorded three studio LPs with 'Til Tuesday, and an EP with her first band The Young Snakes.
Whatever is a damned fine work, with 13 songs that are all a-side material. (Technically, it's a 14-track album if you count a nine-second piece of fluff at the end.)
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Bachelor No. 2 is the album that, if Interscope had its way, wouldn't have been released at all. Instead, Aimee Mann bought the rights back and released it on her own through her website – a gutsy move in 2000, but it paid off for Mann and her fans.
Most of Mann's albums make me unreasonably happy, but Bachelor No. 2 is wall-to-wall awesome. Let's start with the opening track, "How am I Different?" It's a perfect album opener, starting just with acoustic guitar, light drums, piano, and Mann's voice. After a couple of verses, the music swells and carries you away. I love everything about this song, the melody, the bluesy guitar, Mann's voice, and the lyrics. "Just one queston before I pack, when you fuck it up later, do I get my money back?"
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