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Interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion? You could spend your evening re-reading the DSM-IV Manual. Or you could opt to spend some time with an even more entertaining catalog of idiosyncracies: Charmer, the latest album from Aimee Mann, as fine a chronicler of the human comedy as popular music has produced. Names have been obscured to protect the ... Read more in Amazon's Aimee Mann Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SuperEgo Records
  • ASIN: B008NEVP1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Charmer
2. Disappeared
3. Labrador
4. Crazytown
5. Soon Enough
6. Living A Lie
7. Slip and Roll
8. Gumby
9. Gamma Ray
10. Barfly
11. Red Flag Diver

Editorial Reviews

The long awaited new album from Aimee Mann, Charmer, will be released September 18 on Superego Records. Influenced by what Mann calls the "super pop" of the 70s and 80s, the album is her first release since 2008's celebrated @#%&*! Smilers, which the BBC called "undeniably beautiful." Of Charmer, her eighth studio album, Mann comments, "I'm fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think 'charm' can just be another word for 'manipulation.'" The album also includes a duet with James Mercer of The Shins on "Living a Lie." Mann will support the new album with tour dates this fall. See reverse for tracklist.

Charmer was produced by longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt) at Stampede Origin in Los Angeles. Bryan joins Mann on the album, among many other friends and collaborators including J.J. Johnson, Jebin Bruni and Jamie Edwards. Mann wrote all of songs on the album, though two, "Living a Lie" and "Soon Enough," are collaborations with Paul Bryan and Tim Heidecker, respectively.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks and composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's much-lauded Magnolia. Since @#%&*! Smilers, Mann has performed for the President Obama and the First Lady at the White House, appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series Portlandia and fast become an internet darling. Named one of The Huffington Post's "13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter," Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation, much of which is reflected on the new album.

Customer Reviews

Come's Aimee Mann!
Ben Causey
This is my seventh album of hers and her last few are better than her earlier ones (which were very good).
This CD gets better and better with each listen.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
(I would give this four and a half stars if I could)

Aimee Mann has been making music since the 1980's, but from her new record CHARMER, you wouldn't be able to tell. The album is youthful and energetic, and it shows no signs of Mann slowing down any time soon. While Mann has never been known for her upbeat, happy lyrics, there's something about this record that is poppy and springy. Released 4 years after @#%&*! SMILERS, this record finds bassist Paul Bryan returning for production duties. Fans of Mann should be pleased: there's more high-quality songwriting featured on display here.

"Charmer" is the first track here, and it's the lead single as well. I usually don't pay attention to music videos, but the video for "Charmer" is quite fun (and it stars Aimee-lookalike Laura Linney). The song is carried by a great chord progression and lead guitar that wouldn't sound out of place on a Cars record. The melody used is memorable and hard to shake out of your head: this single starts the album out on a terrific high-note. The harmonies of "Labrador" make an average song a great one; the same can be said for "Soon Enough" which was cowritten by Tim Heidecker(?!). The Shins' James Mercer steps in for vocal duty on "Living a Lie," a duet that focuses on the vocal chemistry of the two. It took a while for "Crazytown" to grow on me, but after a few listens it's become one of my favorites on the record (it's like a slower "Charmer" tonally). Towards the end of the record, "Barfly" finds Aimee Mann bringing on a more bluesy tone - the song has a great chorus made all the better by the tasteful instrumentation Mann provides. "Barfly" would have made an excellent finale to CHARMER; "Red Flag Diver" was one of the lesser tracks on the album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Poole on September 18, 2012
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Amazing how Aimee has been so consistent over the years with such great songs. Both lyrically and musically. She's fantastic. And if you check out the new music videos she's made for Charmer, you'll see her having more fun than ever. (In spite of the dreadful music business...) Charmer - video with Laura Linney is a classic, and Labrador - a spoof on the video for Voices Carry is hilarious. Early favorites for me are Crazytown, Living a Lie, Soon Enough and Gumby. All are very radio friendly and so much better than what's out there today. Go and see her when she plays in your town! Highly recommend Charmer. Buy it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tuatara on September 20, 2012
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Aimee Mann once again delivers an album of intelligent lyrics and catchy melodies. A few critics have quibbled that Mann offers nothing new with this release. To an extent, this is true. Many of these tracks would fit comfortably on her last two studio albums, 'Smilers' and 'The Forgotten Arm' and I mean that as a compliment. Both of those releases were excellent. I began to listen to her seriously with the 'Magnolia' soundtrack and 'Bachelor #2' with 'Bachelor' probably being my favorite of her numerous albums. One of the many qualities with Mann's albums is the consistency of her first-rate songwriting. Many of her songs can lyrically convey a convincing short story in under 4 minutes! How many current singer/songwriters can do that and I stress the word "current'. In my humble opinion, many of her songs over the years can be favorably compared to the best of Joni Mitchell's and thats quite an achievement! As for 'Charmer', some favorite cuts are "Labrador", "Crazytown", "Barfly" "Living A Lie" dueting with The Shin's James Mercer, and "Gamma Ray" an actual real rocker! I really hope this release can gain her a larger audience. She is definitely(and unfortunately) one of the more underappreciated recording artist!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2012
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Okay I admit I'm a complete Aimee addict so am anything but subjective. So to me having another collection of such superior songwriting and vocals is just more of a very good thing. But specifically, I think that Labrador and Crazy Town are two of Aimee's best ever. Like many songs before, they just keep playing over and over in my head. It irks me that Rolling Stone said "nothing new here" about Charmer. More of Aimee's best, even if admittedly it's somewhat similiar in tone to what's come before, doesn't mean it isn't a worthy achievement and doesn't provide substantial increased enjoyment of a great artist. And how about some recognition for a truly gifted song crafter. The fact that Aimee can continue to pen lyrics that are memorable and unique, after writing such an incredible catalogue already over her career is really remarkable. Aimee's a treasure, and Charmer adds to her luster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank G. Attanasia on October 8, 2012
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The first time I listened to Aimee Mann's CD Charmer, I just listened to the music and did not pay as much attention to the lyrics. They are provided in the CD jacket. Then I began to pick up bits and pieces of the stories she was weaving. How we sometimes live lives of deception and the different masks that are worn to protect oneself or that others wear. The next time I read along with the lyrics in my hand and realized how she has remained a remarkable storyteller. These songs are truly short stories. While the lyrics at first glance may seem simplistic, they are in fact deep and with many layers. The playing and production is excellent and everything comes together in a remarkable recording with memorable images and melodies. Aimee charms but she also opens up new perspectives. She is an amazing musician, writer, and truly an artist.
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