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Aimee Mann

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During the '80s, Aimee Mann led the post-new wave pop group 'Til Tuesday. After releasing three albums with the group, she broke up the band and embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album, Whatever, was a more introspective, folk-tinged effort than 'Til Tuesday's albums, and received uniformly positive reviews upon its release in the summer of 1993. However, the album was just a small hit, spending only seven weeks on the American charts, where it peaked at 127. Nevertheless, Whatever rejuvenated her career -- after its release, critics were praising her songwriting, as were peers like Elvis Costello, Difford & Tilbrook, and Andy Partridge. Early in 1995, Mann had a modest hit with "That's Just What You Are," a song included on the soundtrack to the television series Melrose Place. Following the success of the single, Mann was set to release her second solo album in the spring of 1995, but her record label, Imago, filed for bankruptcy before its release. She signed a contract with Reprise Records after Imago went under, but Imago prevented her from releasing any records. For most of 1995, Mann battled Imago in an attempt to free herself from the label, eventually winning her independence at the end of the year. After her dispute with Imago was settled, she signed with DGC Records. Mann's second album, I'm with Stupid, was released in England in the late fall of 1995 and in January of 1996 in America. Again, it was greeted with positive reviews yet weak sales. Mann's career got a kick-start in early 2000, however, when she released her soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Magnolia; the song "Save Me" was later nominated for an Academy Award. Originally available only at live dates, the solo Bachelor No. 2 received national release in the spring. In the summer of 2002, Mann returned to the forefront with the self-released Lost in Space. Late 2004 saw the release of Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, a CD/DVD package recorded during her summer tour. It was followed in 2006 by the critically acclaimed Forgotten Arm, a concept album built around the return from Vietnam of a drug-addicted boxer. Mann released a collection of Christmas songs called One More Drifter in the Snow in 2006. @#%&! Smilers followed in 2008. Mann spent the next few years working on adapting The Forgotten Arm into a musical, a project that was ultimately abandoned. She remained in the spotlight through semi-regular concerts and a memorable cameo on the IFC comedy series Portlandia before finally returning in the fall of 2012 with Charmer, her first album in four years. In 2013, Mann started performing with Ted Leo in a project that was eventually named Both; the duo released an album, also called Both, in 2014. Following that, Mann turned her attention to her ninth solo album, recording the deliberately slow and sad Mental Illness with producer Paul Bryan. The album appeared in March 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Save Me
  3.   That's Just What You Are
  4.   Charmer
  5.   4th of July
  6.   You Could Make a Killing
  7.   Labrador
  8.   Freeway
  9.   Living a Lie
  10.   The Christmas Song
  11.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  12.   Christmastime
  13.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  14.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  15.   Stranger into Starman
  16.   One
  17.   Goose Snow Cone
  18.   Build That Wall
  19.   Par for the Course
  20.   I Know There's a Word
  21.   Going Through the Motions
  22.   Calling It Quits
  23.   Wise Up
  24.   Two of Us
  25.   Humpty Dumpty
  26.   31 Today
  27.   Guys Like Me
  28.   Ray
  29.   King Of The Jailhouse
  30.   Long Shot
  31.   Could've Been Anyone
  32.   Deathly
  33.   Momentum
  34.   I Could Hurt You Now
  35.   Say Anything
  36.   Drive (From the Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  37.   Poor Judge
  38.   Simple Fix
  39.   Lies of Summer
  40.   Rollercoasters
  41.   Stuck in the Past
  42.   Red Flag Diver
  43.   Gamma Ray
  44.   Crazytown
  45.   It's Over
  46.   Phoenix
  47.   I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas
  48.   That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart
  49.   Nightmare Girl
  50.   Today's the Day
  51.   It's Not
  52.   Real Bad News
  53.   High on Sunday 51
  54.   The Moth
  55.   Nothing Is Good Enough
  56.   You Do
  57.   Mr. Harris
  58.   All over Now
  59.   Dear John
  60.   The Fall of the World's Own Optimist
  61.   Sugarcoated by Bernard Butler
  62.   Paper Boats
  63.   Yesterday Once More
  64.   Columbus Avenue
  65.   True Believer
  66.   Looking for Nothing
  67.   Whatever Happened To Christmas
  68.   Video
  69.   She Really Wants You
  70.   Backfire
  71.   Invisible Ink
  72.   Pavlov's Bell
  73.   This Is How It Goes
  74.   Lost in Space
  75.   Superball
  76.   I'm Cured
  77.   I Can't Help You Anymore
  78.   White Christmas
  79.   Little Tornado
  80.   Patient Zero
  81.   Fighting the Stall
  82.   Gumby
  83.   Medicine Wheel
  84.   Observatory
  85.   Winter Wonderland
  86.   You Never Loved Me
  87.   I Should've Known
  88.   Philly Sinks
  89.   Knock It Off
  90.   Good for Me
  91.   Slip and Roll
  92.   Soon Enough
  93.   Disappeared
  94.   How Am I Different
  95.   Ballantines
  96.   Thirty One Today
  97.   Borrowing Time
  98.   You're A Mean One Mr Grinch
  99.   Calling On Mary
  100.   Beautiful
  101.   I Can't Get My Head Around It
  102.   Goodbye Caroline
  103.   The Scientist
  104.   It Takes All Kinds
  105.   Just Like Anyone
  106.   Ghost World
  107.   Satellite
  108.   Red Vines
  109.   How I Am Different
  110.   Magnolia by Jon Brion
  111.   Driving Sideways
  112.   Way Back When
  113.   Jacob Marley's Chain
  114.   Fifty Years After the Fair
  115.   It's Not Safe
  116.   Frankenstein
  117.   You're with Stupid Now
  118.   Choice in the Matter
  119.   Amateur
  120.   I've Had It
  121.   Stupid Thing
  122.   Put Me on Top
  123.   The Great Beyond
  124.   Susan
  125.   Little Bombs
  126.   Barfly
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