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Picks and Pans Review: I'm with Stupid

updated 02/05/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

Aimee Mann

This followup to the acclaimed 1993 solo debut by the former 'Til Tuesday singer was set to be released last spring—until Imago, Mann's label, went under, trapping the disc in musical limbo. Luckily, Geffen Records has resurrected the album, and with it Mann's career. Her songs have the oomph of rock, but Mann's soft voice and mid-tempo arrangements make every tune float. She can sing so sweetly she makes lyrics like "You're the idiot who keeps believing in luck" (from "It's Not Safe") sound like a compliment. Then, in songs like "Long Shot" or "Sugarcoated," an angry guitar riff muscles in to take the music in a new direction. Meanwhile, a catchy hook is always there to yank the tune into Top 40 territory. I'm With Stupid is one smart release. (DGC)

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