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Whatever

Aimee MannAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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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 (May 11, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Imago Records
  • ASIN: B00000DT4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Should've Known
2. Fifty Years After the Fair
3. 4th of July
4. Could've Been Anyone
5. Put Me on Top
6. Stupid Thing
7. Say Anything
8. Jacob Marley's Chain
9. Mr. Harris
10. I Could Hurt You Now
11. I Know There's a Word
12. I've Had It
13. Way Back When

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whatever conjures up the best elements of surf-pop, new wave, and folk rock (Roger McGuinn has a benevolent eye cast over this recording). Out on her own with a truly great batch of confessional but self-assured songs, Aimee Mann crafted a classic right out the bag with her first solo record.
I'm with Stupid was more openly defiant and rougher, but way back in 1993 Whatever already found Mann at the peak of her emotional and musical strength. Check out the layers of distorted guitars on "I Should've Known" coupled with an irresistible melody; the Byrds-isms on "Fifty-Years after the Fair" with its wonderful vocal harmonies and McGuinn's 12-string guitar resounding; the gang voices on "Say Anything" and the poignant "4th of July". Mann even tackles a May-September romance on "Mr. Harris" and sounds as dark as Days of Open Hand-era Suzanne Vega on "Jacob Marley's Chain".
Meticulously produced (by Jon Brion), written and performed, Whatever is a pop powerhouse.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it. Or don't. Whatever. January 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was one of those people that only knew Aimee Mann from the Voices Carry video - until Magnolia. I read the liner notes from PT Anderson on the Magnolia site and was intrigued. I was lucky to find a copy of Whatever a couple of weeks ago and it has become one of my all time favorites. The cd contains one of the greatest lyrics I've ever heard. From Jacob Marley's Chain: "Well, I had a little metaphor to state my case. It encompassed the condition of the human race, but to my dismay, it left without a trace...". This woman is very special. Deny yourself no longer. Discover Aimee Mann.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Got the River, down which I sold her.... September 17, 2000
By EriKa
Format:Audio CD
I was a reluctant Aimee Mann fan. I don't know why. I liked Til Tuesday, liked "I Should've Known" when it was released as a single. It wasn't until I'm With Stupid was released that I finally decided to listen. I kick myself now. How often does an album come along that is so superb, so perfect, so much the soundtrack of YOUR OWN LIFE? That was I'm With Stupid for me... and it lead me directly to Aimee Mann's first solo album. At first I was disappointed with it because it just wasn't I'm With Stupid. (Yeah, I know, I thought at the time that that was a bad thing!) However, as I listened to it more and more, I found that Whatever is different from I'm With Stupid... just as hard-hitting, emotional, and powerful... but stylistically different.
From the painful lyrics of "4th of July" and "Stupid Thing" to the somehow touching songs like "I've Had It", Mann writes the most intelligent lyrics-- which never fail to hit a chord with listeners-- of the last decade (at the very least.) Mann writes poignant and thought-provoking lyrics to which anyone can relate; she has the special gift of putting into clever word constructions what most of us feel but cannot express. She does all of this without being contrived or sappy. Definitely a songwriter unlike any other, although like many great songwriters (Mann's husband, Michael Penn or former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn)Mann has been the darling of media critics but never noticed by mainstream audiences. (This has a lot to do with the corporate structure of record companies and the ownership of artistic material; another story for another day.) Mann, though, has never compromised her artistic values and vision, and this is clear from her earliest solo recordings through to the present day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is when I realized she's as good as Neil Finn. October 22, 2004
By Sabrina
Format:Audio CD
Up until "Whatever" I dismissed Mann as the face of the one-hit wonder 'Til Tuesday, even though my husband insisted that their last album "Everything's Different Now" was a masterpiece (it is). But this album is a miracle. Not only is it a showcase for Mann's flawless singing and ridiculously great lyrics, but it also shows Jon Brion for the genius producer he is (his vocals on this are great, too). "Say Anything" is as perfect as anything Neil Finn's Crowded House ever produced, and the heart-stopping "Mr. Harris" is a beautiful homage to the work of Harry Nilsson and George Tipton. A gem, and only the beginning of a fabulous solo career that continues to this day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky bubble-gum pop genius October 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album way back in '93 when it came out and still cannot stop listening to it. There are three good tracks and ten indisputable pop masterpieces. "I Know There's a Word for This", like many songs here, is at once so beautiful, catchy, unpredictable, and simple that you wonder why nobody is making millions off it, and "Jacob Marley's Chain" should win a Grammy for its utter preposterousness alone. "Mr Harris" still brings a tear to my eye after six years, while "Fifty Years After the Fair" will, I am convinced, save the world someday. Subtle, cerebral, and impossibly catchy
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust me...I'm a doctor January 11, 2000
By Jimbob
Format:Audio CD
My first acquaintance with Aimee Mann is this near perfect pop record from 1993. Formerly singer with the horrible Til Tuesday, Mann's debut solo album is simply lovely stuff. Written at the end of her long-time relationship with Jon Brion (he still co-wrote and produced most of the tracks), it's the sound of somebody finding their feet - I Should've Known - and then losing it again - Stupid Thing. Very special, and heartily recommended to Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant fans and anyone who likes a classy, tuneful album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aimee Mann is great
Not much to say about this one other than Aimee Mann is awesome and this a great collection of touching, heartfelt songs.
Published 3 months ago by Walter Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerhouse solo debut
Honestly, what's left to say that other reviewers haven't already touched upon? This landmark solo debut appropriately sets the tone for her other masterpieces then-yet-to-come. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Berklee Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music marred by poor CD master.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Perfect.
Just as promised.

I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, worth it for say anything, I should of known, stupid...
what can I say, this is a hard one to review since I've loved it for so long it's like second nature. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jared Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
On her solo debut Whatever, the former vocalist for Til Tuesday cements her position as a center-stage artist and top-notch songwriter, and Aimee Mann's blend of wit, smarts,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by 80s fan
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty poppy
i am used to some of amy mann's sort of atmospheric sounds (lost in space, magnolia soundtrack). that being said this is not that. Read more
Published 22 months ago by iamramiam
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it right the first time
I am revisiting "Whatever" after an absence of several years and am appreciating it in a new light. This is, for me, without question, easily Aimee Mann's finest hour. Read more
Published on September 23, 2011 by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars AIMEE, PLEASE MARRY ME
this album came out at a particularly strange part of my life. i am a depressed person and see n feel a lot of her pain and anguish about just life. Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by Eric Troxell
5.0 out of 5 stars one of her best
This solo debut by Aimee is one of her best albums by far; the song "I should've known" is a great introduction, and "4th of July", "Stupid thing", "Say anything", "I've had it",... Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by Alessandro Filippini
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