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Nice collaborative effort,
This review is from: The Both (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: Apr 15, 2014 1:22:31 PM PDT
Eric Stone says:
Nice review, thanks. I was at that Cincy show as well. Not too surprised they would bypass us, that was a pretty small venue. I was assuming other cities probably turned out bigger crowds.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2014 8:14:41 PM PDT
I would hope that they'll eventually come to Cincy, be it at the 20th Century Theatre (where we both saw them), or maybe at Bogart's or the Madison or the Taft Ballroom..
Posted on Apr 20, 2014 7:10:57 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2014 8:47:06 PM PDT
Eddie, I end my review with "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"... so yea, this CD is good, very good, in case this wasn't clear to you
Posted on Jun 13, 2014 12:24:50 PM PDT
Paul, thank you for the wonderful review! :) I've never really heard of Ted Leo, but I have loved Aimee Mann practically forever since she fronted 'Til Tuesday and The Snakes -- respectively -- back in the 1980's. I didn't even know about this collaboration until I saw it recently in Rolling Stone. I can't wait to listen to it right away!! :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2014 9:02:33 PM PDT
Glad to hear my review has lead you to discover this album. And yea, I've been an Aimee Mann fan also from the first hour. It's amazing how her career has turned out.
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