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Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo

Aimee MannAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Superego Records
  • ASIN: B00004RG4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How Am I Different
2. Nothing Is Good Enough
3. Red Vines
4. The Fall of the World's Own Optimist
5. Satellite
6. Deathly
7. Ghost World
8. Calling It Quits
9. Driving Sideways
10. Just like Anyone
11. Susan
12. It Takes All Kinds
13. You Do

Editorial Reviews

Bachelor No. 2 is the product of a woman whose 40th birthday looms months ahead, and it illustrates how a little seasoning has paid off creatively for Aimee Mann. Always an incisive lyricist, the eloquent singer-songwriter further hones her wordplay to a razor-sharp edge. Her subjects are so adroitly sliced and diced that little blood is shed, though they're permanently cut down to size. "Calling It Quits" targets some cad who is "numbering himself among the masterminds 'cause he's hit upon the leverage of valentines." Not that Mann spares herself from a steely assessment: "I know I had it coming / From a Caesar who was only slumming" she admits in "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist." Though this 13-track collection borrows three songs from its immediate predecessor, Mann's soundtrack to Magnolia, its musical ingenuity and consistency (notable considering five different production teams are credited here) make the scattered redundancies irrelevant. Mann's artistic growth has been evident with each new release, and Bachelor marks her biggest leap forward to date. --Steven Stolder

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subversively seductive March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album will really sneak up on you. When I first played it, it seemed somewhat, well, subdued. Not quite as poppy as "Whatever," not quite as hard-edged as "I'm With Stupid." But after listening to it again, I found myself unable to get it's songs out of my head. The subtlety of it's lyrics and melodies will sneak up and capture you. Now I can't stop listening to it! Bachelor No. 2 is nothing short of lyrically brilliant, and shows Aimee Mann has yet again developed her craft ever further. Imagine the acerbic wit of Elvis Costello combined with the masterful wordplay of a modern day Cole Porter or Ira Gershwin not afraid to use the "F" word to accent it's real life edginess. The top selections range from the jazzy, hypnotic "Calling It Quits" to the love blown up in your face resignation of "Susan" ("I guess I see it all in hindsight/I tried to keep perspective despite/The flash of the fuse, the smell of cordite"), "Red Vines" ("Well, it's always fun and games until/ it's clear you haven't got the skill/ in keeping the gag from going too far"), and the Elvis Costello co-written "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist," ("'cause the eggshells I've been treading/ couldn't spare me a beheading/ and I'll know I had it coming/ from a Caesar who was only slumming"). Great stuff accompanied by unique arrangements. This album also includes 3 selections off of Aimee's "Magnolia" soundtrack, but if you already own and enjoy that CD, let that be an encouragement, not discouragement, to add this keeper to your collection and explore it's wealth of riches.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year March 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Hey, kids--look at this/ it's the fall of the world's own optimist/ I could get back up if you insist/ but you'll have to ask politely/ cause the eggshells I've been treading/ couldn't spare me a beheading" from Bachelor #2's '...Optimist' (co-written with fellow music expatriate Elvis Costello) pretty much sums up Aimee Mann's musical stance -- well, it's time to ask politely. What's a songwriting genius with integrity far beyond industry comprehension to do when a major label monolith refuses to release stellar new material? Hmm, first release a career-defining soundtrack ('Magnolia'), earn golden globe and academy award nomintations, and follow up by continuing to single-handedly restore signs of life into the languishing Billboard charts by releasing 'Bachelor #2', yet another defining moment in a truly inspired body of work. I've never heard such consistency in a cd - not one moment of 'filler'. A collection of pure, honest, gorgeous lyrics, melodies and arrangements. Yes, it's time to make history, Ms. Mann.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Mann�s World April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The good thing about Bachelor No. 2 is that Aimee Mann fans, like me, will be extremely satisfied. The bad thing is that it's not really an Aimee starter album. She's getting all sorts of exposure with her Golden Globe and Oscar Nominations for "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" Soundtrack. If that's how you've become interested, "Magnolia" may be a better start, and "Whatever" is better yet. Still, Bachelor No. 2 has all the features that make her other works strong: strong vocals, music, and most of all, engaging lyrics. Aimee Mann uses pop-slang more like a poet than other popular musicians. Her appreciation for terms such as "Whatever" and "I'm with Stupid" are advertised in the names of her first two solo efforts, but her use of those terms comes alive in a way that defies cliché. That power is apparent in "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist," - "I'll know I had it coming from a Caesar who was only slumming." Here's a sentiment that really couldn't be expressed if the word "slumming" wasn't in vogue. Years from now, when it isn't, the song will leave a little hint about the age in which it was written. That's what Aimee Mann is really good at - expressing sentiments. A line from "Deathly," - "Now that I've met you would you object to never seeing each other again" inspired the movie "Magnolia." The whole film was built around a scenario on which that sentiment could be expressed. The song is one of a few that appears both on "Bachelor No. 2" and "Magnolia." Both albums could have been better still if they were released as one, without the annoying extra songs at the end of "Magnolia" by other artists. "Bachelor No. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's the best...and then some! May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Her songs for the movie Magnolia have helped introduce many to one of the few uncontestable facts in today's pop/rock scene. Aimee Mann is the most gifted songwriter to emerge in the genre since Elvis Costello. "Bachelor #2", which like both of her previous solo albums was intended for release by a different record label, is just further proof.
A few songs are duplicated on the Magnolia soundtrack (and there are a couple items on Magnolia that would sound great here), but that doesn't diminish the overall quality of the album. Indeed, it is a tribute to Mann's talent that her songs stand up so well in other contexts. In fact, one of the songs that appears on both releases ("Deathly") contained the lyric which inspired Paul Thomas Anderson's script for Magnolia.
Picking out the best songs is a difficult task only because there's so much quality here. "You Do" is one of Mann's best disections of a troubled relationship (an area where she has always excelled), while "Nothing Is Good Enough" keeps you guessing whether the subject of the song is an ex-lover or a dense record-company executive against a musical backdrop that reminds you of the best moments of "Pet Sounds." My personal favorite, "Satellite", is a graceful, eloquent song which manages to sound both timeless and familiar. More than almost any song on the album, this one highlights her enduring gift for taking the best of pop music before her and transforming it into something new, fresh and entirely her own. If you lament the scarcity of good song-writing in today's pop-music world, this album will restore your faith and give you hope fo the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid SACD - DSD 2004
Stereo mix. Many songs from the film Magnolia. The audio here is quite good, doesn't sound compressed or bright. It's not the best I've heard, but far from the worst. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deep Thought
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music spoiled by poor sound quality
I'm a huge fan of Aimee Mann's poetic, remarkably -if painfully- insightful, storytelling music. I just wish it wasn't so compressed and distorted on her CD's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Magnolia soundtrack
I bought this album because I loved the Magnolia soundtrack - this album is ok, but def not as good as Magnolia!
Published 8 months ago by Emma V. Epp
2.0 out of 5 stars Rating
CD wonderful but was supposed to be brand new. It had no cellophane sealing it. I was giving it as a birthday present and it looked used. Good delivery time.
Published 10 months ago by Alison curry
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong album
A great collection of songs. Mann has a great sense of melody and creates songs with great hooks. Well worth having.
Published 14 months ago by RON TYLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Good
I could kick myself for waiting over a decade to discover this amazing album. This is a stunningly good collection of songs. No, make that a stunningly superb bunch of songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Aimee Mann is Amazing, This Cd is Awesome
Love Aimee Mann, even when she was 'a nobody' (not yet famous). This CD is great, would recommend! I can't stop listening it it.
Published 19 months ago by Lavender Lace
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Aimee Mann
Not that she ever makes an album that isn't great. they are all classics. But overall I would have to pick this as my favorite. Highly recommend!
Published 20 months ago by blingboi33
1.0 out of 5 stars GET THE VINYL VERSION
Soon, after watching and listening to Aimee Mann's great Live Performance at Saint Ann's Warehouse, I borrowed this CD and was very disappointed with the highly compressed, shallow... Read more
Published 22 months ago by HOLIDAY
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE
I won't bore you with my personal opinion on each of the tracks. Listen to the samples and you will be compelled to buy this CD or vinyl (it's worth the price!).
Published 22 months ago by Aparato SuperSonico
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