@#%&*! Smilers

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  • Summary: The latest album from the singer-songwriter includes Sean Haynes as a guest on one track.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Mojo
    100
    Smilers is a masterpiece from a songwriter who's quietly chronicling the blanched last days of a sunshine empire. [July 2008, p.112]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Her yarns prove just as lovely as they are doeful. [13 June 2008]
  3. The result is simply a more keyboard-centric entry into her consistently excellent solo catalog.
  4. As usual that pep is paired with tunes that seep into your brain with the stealth of Mann's own beguiling murmur and lyrics that range from poetic to narrative.
  5. @#%&*! Smilers walks its own path as a uniquely beautiful addition to Mann’s already impressive catalogue.
  6. @#%&*! Smilers offers craft and monotony in equal measure.
  7. Uncut
    60
    Her decision to forgo electric guitars on @#%&*! Smilers results in the aural equivalent of watercolour washes, lovely and tasteful but lacking presence. [July 2008, p.102]

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. Holly
    Jun 21, 2008
    10
    I have been a huge fan since the til tuesday days. I love the electric sounds of her earlier solo CD's and also the mellow tunes of her I have been a huge fan since the til tuesday days. I love the electric sounds of her earlier solo CD's and also the mellow tunes of her newer releases. I think her sound has moved from pop-sounding to almost folk-sounding...but don't get me wrong..I still love it. In this age of cookie-cutter "musicians", I have a great deal of respect for an artist who sings, writes, and performs their own music on their own terms. As long as she writes music, I will keep listening because she has a captivating voice and writes amazing lyrics. Expand
  2. Lily
    Jun 10, 2008
    10
    I agree this is her best since "Bachelor". Fabulous tunes that play in your head even after listening, smart, melancholic lyrics. This is I agree this is her best since "Bachelor". Fabulous tunes that play in your head even after listening, smart, melancholic lyrics. This is pure Aimee, a quiet bursting of emotions. Love it. Expand
  3. JeffD.
    Jun 12, 2008
    10
    Her best yet.
  4. JeffK.
    Jun 6, 2008
    9
    Smoother conceptually, more interesting instrumental arrangements than "Arms." Not quite up to her very best, but certainly more consistent Smoother conceptually, more interesting instrumental arrangements than "Arms." Not quite up to her very best, but certainly more consistent muscially than more recent years. Expand
  5. JamesR.
    Jun 14, 2008
    9
    Great job.
  6. ChadS.
    Jun 7, 2008
    9
    The last truly great Aimee Mann song was "Red Vines" from 1999's "Bachelor No. 2(the last remains of the dodo)", but you have to go back The last truly great Aimee Mann song was "Red Vines" from 1999's "Bachelor No. 2(the last remains of the dodo)", but you have to go back further in the twentieth century, back to the "Magnolia" soundtrack for her last masterpiece, "Save Me", with its unforgettable, unshakable line, "if you could save me/from the ranks of the freaks/who suspect they could never love anyone." That was one for the ages. But Mann's good, is most female singer-songwriters' great, and that's good enough for me, or anybody, who's into literate-minded songcraft. Like "The Forgotten Arm", you hold "@#%&*! Smilers" like a book, if you want to peruse the words. Although Mann's lyrics are less quotable than they were in her "Everything's Different Now" to "I'm With Stupid" heyday, she remains the unquestioned leader of the pack. "I turned stranger into starman/in the Sunday New York Times/like Anne Sexton and her star rats/working backwards 'til it rhymes," from "Stranger into Starman", probably her most experimental song ever, is a couplet to die for. Meanwhile, "31 Today" and "True Believer" are great additions to her canon. "Freeway" isn't that far behind. It doesn't seem that long ago when Mann fronted "Til Tuesday. When she stood up in that crowded auditorium and lip-synched, "He said, "Shut up!/he said, "Shut up!"(from "Voices Carry"), while thrashing her arms around, it was love at first sight. You had to be a fan to buy her Christmas album. "@#%&*! Smilers" is for @#%&* everybody. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jun 3, 2008
    8
    It's pretty much more of the same Aimee Mann that you either love or hate. And I love her, but I'm still waiting for It's pretty much more of the same Aimee Mann that you either love or hate. And I love her, but I'm still waiting for something....new or groundbreaking from her. Expand

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