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  • Vinyl (April 29, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Superego Records
  • ASIN: B00ID96QAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Aimee sounds so good here.
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This album is a great blending of artists with contrasting strengths.
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The more you listen the more you'll enjoy this cd.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2014
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Ted Leo and Aimee Mann both have flourishing careers (Leo sometimes solo, sometimes as part of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists). In the Fall of 2012, Leo (solo) was opening for Aimee Mann (touring in support of her then new Charmer album), and at one point the idea grew of writing some songs together. Now, 18 months later, we get the fruit of that collaboration.

"The Both" (11 tracks; 42 min.) is a remarkable album on many levels. From the opener "The Gambler" it is quickly apparent that this is a true collaborative effort. It's not as if Leo came up with 5 or 6 songs, and Mann likewise, and then invited the other to sing/play along. No, these songs were written together, and hence you get a unique blend of music that isn't on an Aimee Mann album or a Ted Leo album. In that sense, the album becomes a refresher not only for both Leo and Mann, but also for us the listener. Check out "Milwaukee", with a bounce that I can't recall too often on their previous work. It is my favorite track on here. "Volunteers of America" recalls late 70s Jackson Browne. "You Can't Help Me Now" is one of the more wistful songs on here. The album also includes a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Honesty Is No Excuse" (Leo is a known Lizzy aficionado). In all, this album feels like a breath of fresh air, with nary a weak moment on it, and thankfully kept to a short and sweet running time of about 40 min.

I had the good fortune of catching Aimee Mann and Ted Leo here in Cincinnati on that "Charmer" tour back in Fall, 2012. Who could've known that they would be making an album together! They are hitting the road in support of the new album this Spring, sadly not coming to Cincinnati on the first leg of the tour. I can only hope that they'll be adding more dates to the tour later in the year. Meanwhile, "The Both" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on April 17, 2014
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I have been a huge fan of Aimee Mann ever since her hitmaking days with Til' Tuesday. A beautiful vocalist and a brilliant songwriter (almost) up there with the classic three: Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell. But perhaps her latest albums have not been able to ignite quite the same admiration and excitement as most of previous work.

So I must say this album comes as a pleasant surprise. Here she teams up with guitarist Ted Leo, who is also himself an accomplished singer and composer. The duo playing all instruments except the more than able drumming from Scott Seiver. In fact it's a real joy to hear Aimee back on the bass she handled so fine in Til' Tuesday.

What we got here is 10 intelligent, well-crafted and catchy originals (in fact every song has hit potential) and a Thin Lizzy cover ‘Honesty is No Excuse’ . Some driving energy combined with more introverted moments. And noisedriven solos, almost in Neil Young style courtesy of Ted Leo.

The best album from Aimee since her masterpiece *Lost In Space'.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dirk on April 17, 2014
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While I'm more familiar with Aimee's solo work than Ted's (I only had Brutalist Bricks to judge Ted by), I was pleasantly surprised to hear what sounds very much like a BAND that, oh look, just happens to feature a pair of brilliant singer/songwriters. As such, the album hits me, upon my second go-through as I write this, as potentially landing up there with my favorite classic debut lps from any number of bands one could mention.

Now, if you don't like the idea of a very aggressive, sometimes just plain LOUD guitar sound that falls squarely on Ted's very able shoulders--if you liked Aimee a lot more when she was strumming her acoustic and letting the bandmates do tasteful flourishes hither and yon--this might be a bit jarring. But Aimee's always had something of an inner headbanger in her, and I find her vocal and bass contributions a thrill to behold in this context.

I've not heard enough of the lyrical content to decide what a lot of these tunes are really "about." The oft-previewed "Milwaukee" sure sounds like this duo's joy of initial discovery; "Volunteers," is that a "Ted" talk on our nation's folly in imagining that it can somehow provide social services mostly through faith-based initiatives? and was "Hummingbird" faking us out by starting out like something Aimee might've featured on a quieter cut, but gets a lot more aggressive as it moves along, to some greater, or just meta-, purpose?

Looking forward to hearing this again, and again, to learn. You will too, if you've read this far. Get it.

[one month later]

I've upgraded this to five stars. Yes, it IS among the great band-debut LPs. Yes, I DO love it. Now if they'd only play a gig in Atlanta...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 21, 2014
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I'm no Rolling Stone reporter, but then, Rolling Stone hasn'tt really given a lot of coverage of bands I like since the 80s.
This album is everything I wanted it to be, except it just wasn't long enough... I want more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Thomas on May 12, 2014
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I first learned that Ted Leo existed when he opened for Aimee Mann during her Charmer tour. It's pretty hard for a solo performer to win over an audience from a cold start but he did it close to effortlessly. Then he invited a special friend--AM, that is--on stage and they played a bit of this project they'd been working on. It sounded pretty good and I delved into Ted's back catalogue, which isn't bad at all.

A year later, more or less, this album came out. It's excellent. As singer-songwriters, they complement each other perfectly; they're both intelligent and sarcastic and since Mann is a bit poppy and Leo is somewhat punkish, the result is catchy and energetic, spontaneous and polished. If you need a sampler, try Milwaukee and Hummingbird. You'll want to hear the rest.
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