Smilers reaffirms Aimee Mann's place as one of pop music's most distinctive songwriters, with an exceptional talent for beautiful melodies and insightful lyrics that go beyond platitudes. Mann has sold over two million CDs as a solo artist. She's an Academy Award nominee and Grammy winner. Her last two releases were #1 Billboard Independent albums. Smilers is available in two formats. The special edition features a book-bound cover, die-cut 32-page book, and steel screw binding.
|Label:||Super Ego Records|
Performance CreditsAimee Mann Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Chris Bruce Guitar,Soloist
Paul Bryan Background Vocals
Richard Dodd Cello
Terry Glenny Violin
Buddy Judge Background Vocals
Jay Bellerose Drums
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Jamie Edwards Keyboards
Melissa Reiner Violin
Leah Katz Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Marisa Kuney Violin
Caroline Buckman Viola
Willie Murillo Trumpet
Jason Thor Trombone,Bass Trombone
Amy Wickman Violin
Alan Matthews Cello
Kimon Kirk Background Vocals
David Sage Viola
Technical CreditsAimee Mann Composer,Art Direction
Grant-Lee Phillips Composer
Patrick Warren String Arrangements
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Gary Taxali Illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
@#%&*! Smilers based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
It's wonderful that both radio and the music press have embraced Aimee Mann's latest full-length gem, "@#%&! Smilers." The disc sounds great with a single listen, and the wealth and range of the songs only grows stronger with subsequent sonic journeys. From the infectious pop-rock of "Freeway" and "Looking for Nothing" to the haunting "Stranger Into Starman" and sparse "Great Beyond," Mann's voice conjures up all kinds of emotional magic that benefits from equally-compelling arrangements.
I needed this record. Aimee Mann is the best singer/songwriter of my generation. The way in which she crafts lyrics and weaves her tales is at one moment heart-wrenching and the next moment bliss. Her songs unfold like intricate puzzles, discovering something new w/ each subsequent listen. I love this woman! To shy away from the ugly pop untalented spectable of the music business today only adds to her credibility as one of a limited pool of great artists who exudes a unique gift for which I and countless others are grateful.
I love Aimee Mann. Her music is so honest and good. I just want more and more music from her. Would love to see her live.
Aimee Mann is the best songwriter! Subtle, striking and to the point. This record will not disappoint. Haunting voice, crafty and sometimes witty, Ms Mann is timeless.
I'm not overly thrilled with Aimee Mann's new CD, and I'm a huge fan of her music. I'd go so far as to say I'm a little disappointed in it. I bought it the day it came out and have listened to it quite a bit since then. The music is okay, but she's made a lot better music in the past. In my opinion, "Freeway" is the best song on the CD. If you're a fan, I encourage you to purchase it. If you're new to Aimee's music, I'd recommend one of her earlier CDs, such as Bachelor No. 2 and Lost in Space.
While I understand the desire to compare earlier albums from artists to their current efforts, it doesn't allow opinions to be formed based solely on the true quality of the current release. I admit that at first listen, I didn't think that this album from this extremely talented artist was comparable to earlier efforts like Bachelor No. 2 in particular. After allowing the tunes on this album to truly sink in based on multiple listenings, I now believe that this is Aimee's strongest effort to date. The complexity and depth of her music puts her in very limited company as compared to her current peers. These songs just continue to gain strength after every listen and if you are moved at all by Aimee's music, pick up this CD because it really is one of the best releases of 2008.
This was the worst thing I've ever heard.