Monday, July 28, 2008

Aimee Mann / Village Voice interview

File Aimee Mann under Master of Melancholy. From the purely plaintive mid-'80s MTV hit "Voices Carry" through the mid-tempo minor chords highlighted in P.T. Anderson's Magnolia, Mann's music has ministered to more than one midnight self-pity party. And such improbable sing-alongs as "Deathly," "You Could Make A Killing," "Nothing Is Good Enough," "Calling It Quits," "I've Had It" and "Save Me" certify that the former 'Til Tuesday frontwoman long ago found her niche, and yet over time has managed enough melodic maneuverability (2005's conceptual The Forgotten Arm chronicles a drug-addicted pugilist while her latest, @#%&*! Smilers, operates without the safety net of so much as a single electric guitar) to maintain a primarily pristine poignancy. (continue at