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Charmer

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Charmer
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Disappeared
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Labrador
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Crazytown
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Soon Enough
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Living a Lie
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Slip and Roll
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Gumby
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Gamma Ray
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Barfly
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Red Flag Diver
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Brother's Keeper (Bonus Track)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:06

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Wondering Sound

Review 47

Bill Murphy

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09.13.12
Aimee Mann, Charmer
2012 | Label: SuperEgo Records / The Orchard

Few songwriters today can dig into the messy guts and gristle of relationships the way Aimee Mann does and still sound so remarkably upbeat and playful. Sure, we can chalk it up to the resolve that comes with maturity; at a youthful 52, Mann has carved out her own indie pop niche where strength, self-reliance and a placid disdain for victimhood drive the narrative (even “Save Me,” her signature hit from the 1999 film Magnolia,… read more »

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Middling Mann

stephenhero

This album is fine, but is probably one of my least favorite of hers. I don't even listen to the first half anymore, usually skipping straight to my favorite song "Soon Enough". "Living a Lie" is another good song, apparently inspired by an idea for a musical told to the band by Aaron Sorkin. A pretty good EP recalling Mann's best work could be created from tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10.

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Charmer

EMUSIC-0259F301

Aimee Mann has been in my top 5 for close to 20 years now and I'd have to say this is my least favorite album since "I'm With Stupid" in '95. A lot of the song writing feels forced - almost as if she is just scrambling to put together an album rather than this being a product of inspiration. Everything from the start of her career leading up to Bachelor No. 2 was a ramp up. There was a plateau for a couple more albums, then a decline afterwards. Smilers was okay. This album just really isn't very good. Not every musician has to make upbeat, poppy songs to be successful. Aimee actually excels at writing depressing songs. She's at her best when she's at her lowest. Her upbeat songs just come across as bad pop. Some of her sad songs, such as Wise Up and Save Me, are masterpieces. There are other musicians, such as Ryan Adams and Counting Crows, who are in the same boat. While I still love Aimee Mann's music as a whole, I unfortunately can't recommend this album.

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Charmer

jackandglo

This is Aimee Mann at her very best ...and that is very good. This album is an uptempo treat for the ears and nourishment for the mind. Mann always writes intelligent lyrics but she can sometimes be a bit of a downer. Now, that works okay for me but it is a real bonus when an album is this smart AND tuneful at the same time. Typical Aimee Mann lyrics are exemplified by the lyric "one thing leads to another and none of it good..." But is this album you can agree with a smile on your face. I'm a real fan and this album just reinforces that. Highly recommended.