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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From the opening of "Long Shot," with its rolling hip-hop-derived beat and its nonchalant profanity, it's clear that Aimee Mann is trying to appeal to a wider audience with her second solo album, I'm With Stupid. Taking her cues from Liz Phair and Beck, she adds alternative rock flourishes to her music but never abandons her love of the basic, three-minute pop single. Mann builds from the more pop-oriented songs on Whatever, incorporating her confessional singer/songwriter instincts into the pop songs while working with a more adventerous production and instrumentation. Occasionally, the fusion is a bit awkward, but the best moments on I'm With Stupid -- the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From the opening of "Long Shot," with its rolling hip-hop-derived beat and its nonchalant profanity, it's clear that Aimee Mann is trying to appeal to a wider audience with her second solo album, I'm With Stupid. Taking her cues from Liz Phair and Beck, she adds alternative rock flourishes to her music but never abandons her love of the basic, three-minute pop single. Mann builds from the more pop-oriented songs on Whatever, incorporating her confessional singer/songwriter instincts into the pop songs while working with a more adventerous production and instrumentation. Occasionally, the fusion is a bit awkward, but the best moments on I'm With Stupid -- the sighing "Choice in the Matter," the nearly perfect "That's Just What You Are," featuring backing vocals by Glenn Tilbrook, and the Bernard Butler collaboration "Sugarcoated" -- surpass even the best moments on Whatever. However, I'm With Stupid falls short of matching Mann's debut for consistent song quality -- there are several tracks that are pleasant but simply don't lead anywhere. Nevertheless, the album confirms that she is a distinctive, talented songwriter. At her best, she is as capable of melding melody with intelligent lyrics as her idols Elvis Costello, Difford/Tilbrook, and Ray Davies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/1996
  • Label: Fontana Geffen
  • UPC: 720642495124
  • Catalog Number: 24951
  • Sales rank: 42,974

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aimee Mann Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Michael Penn Guitar
Neil Innes Background Vocals
Juliana Hatfield Background Vocals
Jon Brion Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Cello, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Bass Harmonica
Bernard Butler Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Denneen Keyboards
Chris Difford Vocals, Background Vocals
Brad Hallen Bass
Clayton Scoble Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Martyn Watson Drum Loop
Michael Lockwood Guitar
Stacy Jones Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums
Jon Lupfer Hand Clapping
John Sands Drums
Peter Linton Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Aimee Mann Artwork
Jon Brion Producer
Mike Denneen Engineer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Jon Lupfer Engineer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Todd Burke Engineer
Luke Gifford Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This incredible album has become one of my all-time favorites. It's truthful songs will break your heart upon close listen such as when Aimee pleadingly sings, 'Please love me more...' On the other hand, it's interesting and versatile production means the album also provides excellent background music at the beach, a party, or even on the treadmill!

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