Review: ‘Aimee Mann’

Ever since Mann's days fronting 'til tuesday, her musical inspiration always has been rooted in the disappointments that others bring to her life, from that band's top 20 hit, "Voices Carry," which harangued a less-than-adequate mate, to the deflated, vitriolic songs that make up her new, oft-delayed DGC album, "I'm With Stupid."

Ever since Mann’s days fronting ’til tuesday, her musical inspiration always has been rooted in the disappointments that others bring to her life, from that band’s top 20 hit, “Voices Carry,” which harangued a less-than-adequate mate, to the deflated, vitriolic songs that make up her new, oft-delayed DGC album, “I’m With Stupid.”

Sung over a succession of bland, Fleetwood Mac-like musical arrangements, her tunes lacked any dramatic setup or any eye-opening resolution.

Not that the packed house seemed to care; the early show’s thematic and stylistic repetition was all but overlooked as Mann and her competent but faceless band were greeted by supportive cheers.

Her between-songs banter was also charmless — more condescending than conversational.

Some of the hour-plus program’s more energetic songs, though, did break out from under the show’s dark cloud, namely the spirited “Superball.” Even a pair of brand new tunes, including the gloomy “How Am I Different,” offered no escape from Mann’s tiring whining.

Aimee Mann

Production

Aimee Mann (Roxy, West Hollywood; 400 capacity; $ 16) Promoted by Avalon/KSCA. Reviewed Feb. 22, 1996. Bostonian-turned-Angeleno Aimee Mann brought her songs of bitterness, frustration and deception to the Roxy for a sold-out, two-show stand that was big on negativity and short on any sign of spiritual promise from the beleaguered singer-songwriter.

With

Band: Mann, Michael Lockwood, Drew Ross, Patrick Warren, John Sands.
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