by Aimee MannAimee Mann


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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, cynicism, and downright humability make for a wonderfully pleasing collection of catchy songs. Musically, the jangle-pop feel of Whatever harkens back to the Beatles and the Byrds but without forsaking its contemporary origin. Lyrically, it is often hard to know whether Mann is spilling her guts out over a love or a deal gone bad. In fact, it is often a combination. But the seamless ease with which she tells the tales, moving from her head to her heart and back again, exposes her mighty talent. Teaming with some of her former bandmates, including longtime collaborator Jon Brion, gives Mann a comfort and a sure footing from which to climb and stretch, which she does with certainty. "I Should've Known," "Could've Been Anyone," and "Say Anything" get the heads bobbing, while the more somber "4th of July" and "Stupid Thing" will beckon forth even the loneliest of hankies. And how many artists pay tribute to Charles Dickens? (Witness "Jacob Marley's Chain.") Talk about literate songwriters and you have to speak of Aimee Mann. The dismissive tone of the title belies the time that was put into this album, for even after its recording, it took Mann quite a long while to find a home. Initially released on Imago Records, Whatever was later reissued by Geffen Records.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/19/1995
Label: Fontana Geffen
UPC: 0720642495629
catalogNumber: 24956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aimee Mann   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Mellotron
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jon Brion   Organ,Bass,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Mellotron,chamberlain
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Michael Hausman   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Bass Drums,Multi Instruments
Buddy Judge   Acoustic Guitar,Pipe,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Joy Lyle   Strings
Roger McGuinn   Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Todd Nelson   Guitar
Sid Sharp   Strings
Sid Sharp Strings   Group
Harry Shirinian   Strings
Harry Shultz   Strings
Milt Sutton   Drums
Mike Breaux   Bassoon,Oboe
Randy Brion   Trombone,Euphonium
Sidney Sharp   Strings
David Coleman   Cello,Electric Cello

Technical Credits

Jules Shear   Contributor
Aimee Mann   Composer,Producer
Curt Anderson   Engineer
Richard Benoit   Engineer
Tony Berg   Producer
Ray Blair   Engineer
Jon Brion   Arranger,Producer,Woodwind Arrangement,Drum Fills
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Mike Denneen   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Michael Hausman   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Contributor
Mark McKenna   Engineer
Marty Willson-Piper   Contributor
Mike Reiter   Engineer
Mark Tanzer   Engineer
Ken Jordan   Engineer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Billy Cole   Engineer

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