I'm with Stupid

I'm with Stupid

by Aimee MannAimee Mann


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/1996
Label: Fontana Geffen
UPC: 0720642495124
catalogNumber: 24951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aimee Mann   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Michael Penn   Guitar
Neil Innes   Background Vocals
Juliana Hatfield   Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,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
Jon Lupfer   Engineer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Todd Burke   Engineer
Luke Gifford   Engineer

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I'm With Stupid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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