Artist: Aimee Mann Title Of Album: Ultimate Collection Year Of Release: 2000 Label: Hip-O Records Genre: Alt Country, Adult Alternative, Singer-Songwriter Quality: Flac Bitrate: Lossless Total Time: 75:42 Min Total Size: 498 Mb
Tracklist: 1. That's Just What You Are 2. You Could Make a Killing 3. You're With Stupid Now 4. Wise Up 5. Driving With One Hand on The Wheel 6. Long Shot 7. Choice in The Matter 8. Voices Carry (Single Mix) 9. Take It Back 10. Say Anything 11. Jacob Marley's Chain 12. Amateur 13. All over Now 14. Baby Blue 15. Everything's Different Now 16. Sign of Love 17. The Other End (Of The Telescope) [Live] 18. Jimmy Hoffa Jokes 19. Stupid Thing 20. I Should've Known More ironic footnote than ultimate collection, this anthology is a bittersweet reprise of Aimee Mann's troubled major-label career. Take a few 'Til Tuesday tracks (including their 1980s hit, "Voices Carry"), most of her I'm With Stupid album, some tracks from Whatever, and a whole bunch of B-sides, and you've got--what Let's call it the penultimate collection, since the songs from Mann's breakthrough Magnolia soundtrack and Bachelor No. 2 album will have to wait for a subsequent, and perhaps more essential, compilation (one not likely to be issued by the parent company that dumped Mann and made her buy her album back). This collection does boast a lovely cover of Badfinger's "Baby Blue," while Mann originals like "That's Just What You Are," "Amateur," and "Long Shot" (all from I'm With Stupid) still sound great. But without "Save Me" or Mann's other more recent triumphs (or, come to think of it, anything from her first band's Bark Along with the Young Snakes), Utimate Collection doesn't begin to tell the story of this talented pop survivor. --Bill Forman Ultimate Collection By Aimee Mann Tracks: 1. That's Just What You Are 2. You Could Make A Killing 3. You're With Stupid Now 4. Wise Up 5. Driving With One Hand On The Wheel 6. Long Shot 7. Choice In The Matter 8. Voices Carry (Single Mix) 9. Take It Back 10. Say Anything 11. Jacob Marley's Chain 12. Amateur 13. All Over Now 14. Baby Blue 15. Everything's Different Now 16. Sign Of Love 17. The Other End (Of The Telescope) (Live) 18. Jimmy Hoffa Jokes 19. Stupid Thing 20. I Should've Known Unable to get an album released between 1995 and 1999, Aimee Mann had three on the market within 12 months, including this September 2000 compilation. There is a certain irony that the current configuration of a record company that gave her so much trouble (demanding changes to her third album, refusing to release it, dropping her, and then forcing her to buy back the album's master tapes) is now attempting to cash in on the exposure she received due to her 1999 Academy Award nomination for "Save Me" from Magnolia. Mann's music is catchy, guitar-based pop/rock, which sounds like it should be at the top of the charts. But since Mann has reached the Top 40 only twice in 15 years, she has largely been subject to standard operating procedure in the major-label record business. Journalists have howled largely on critical grounds, and Ultimate Collection should give them more ammunition despite its limits. Compilation producer Rhonda Shields pulled a variety of stray tracks, turning this into a virtual rarities album. Several songs were contributed to movie soundtracks, and five tracks are drawn from the non-LP B-sides of singles. Thus, even those who have copies of Whatever and I'm With Stupid will need this album, and find that the rarities are some of her better performances. Aimee Mann is unquestionably one of the most impressive singer/songwriters of her time, but her lyrics of bitter romantic complaint may destine her to a limited audience.
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