Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. To call Bachelor No. 2 a masterpiece may be overstating the matter somewhat, since an album this intimate and unassuming (but not unconfident) doesn't call attention to itself the way self-styled masterpieces do. However, it isn't hyperbole to call it the finest record Mann has made to date.
  2. Yet again, Mann's songs concentrate on life gone wrong - but this is timeless stuff.
  3. 90
    Choosing favourites is almost futile with so much scintillating brilliance on offer.
  4. It's an album of tuneful, intimate pop-rock songs...
  5. An imperfect collection of remarkable music.
  6. 80
    A soundtrack nuanced enough for the rippling wit of Mann's lyrics.... These songs are layered and soft-spoken, to be sure, but also confident and rewarding of multiple listens. They are the sound of Aimee Mann growing as a songwriter. Yet the album also features the sound of Aimee Mann grousing about being a songwriter.
  7. A genuinely winning collection of sublime, old-school pop.
  8. 80
    What dignifies her from the pack is her ability to blend accessible and likeable arrangements with messages that are simultaneously straightforward and enigmatic, jovial and pained.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. She retains her unique quality to marry upbeat, elegant melodies to witty lyrics that exhibit a disenchanted but honest take on life and love.
  13. Yet another emotion-evoking masterpiece.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. shaneequaj
    Jun 27, 2007
    It's just a brilliant pop album. Hands down.
  2. 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
  3. levvy
    Jul 8, 2005
    A fantastic album. Fave track: Backfire/You Do