Bachelor No. 2 (or, the last remains of the dodo) Image

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  • Summary: The third solo release from the former 'Til Tuesday leader finally made it to record stores in May 2000, after a long journey that saw Interscope refuse to release the album and Mann issue it on her own SuperEgo label (after selling it through mail order and at her live performances). All's well that ends well, though, as Mann gained widespread acclaim for her soundtrack to P.T. Anderson's film "Magnolia" and even better reviews for this album, which contains four of the tracks from the soundtrack as well as nine additional songs. Expand
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  1. A genuinely winning collection of sublime, old-school pop.
  2. On the evidence of her work here, one would have to say there really isn't any pop-rock composer writing more sophisticated material these days than Mann.
  3. Bachelor No. 2 makes good on the promise hinted at by Mann's work on the Magnolia soundtrack. In her mastery of sophisticated melodies and sly turns-of-phrase, Mann brings to mind a number of heralded composers.
  4. The only complaint to be lodged against Bachelor No. 2, other than its partially duplicated track listing, is the mid-tempo groove from which Mann rarely extricates herself.
  5. It's an album of tuneful, intimate pop-rock songs...
  6. She retains her unique quality to marry upbeat, elegant melodies to witty lyrics that exhibit a disenchanted but honest take on life and love.
  7. Yet again, Mann's songs concentrate on life gone wrong - but this is timeless stuff.

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  1. MichelleS.
    Dec 30, 2004
    A classic. Even though some of the songs on this album overlap the "Magnolia" soundtrack, I recommend buying both to fully appreciate the works of both Mann and Jon Brion. Expand
  2. RoyL.
    Jul 19, 2004
    One of my fave albums in a looong time. Never tire of it... love to sing along... just like Elvis Costello... mostly the pre-1986 work, that is....!
  3. shaneequaj
    Jun 27, 2007
    It's just a brilliant pop album. Hands down.
  4. AdamK
    Jan 3, 2005
    Nobody does it better than Mrs. Mann. Her pop craftsmanship is startingly beautiful and honest.
  5. rg
    Jun 12, 2005
    A gem. Truly a classic. Highly recommended.
  6. SamD
    Nov 26, 2005
    more pop than i would have liked, but most of the songs are incredible and aimee puts forth above average lyrics yet again
  7. levvy
    Jul 8, 2005
    A fantastic album. Fave track: Backfire/You Do

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