The Forgotten Arm - Aimee Mann
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  • Summary: Produced by Joe Henry, Mann's first studio disc in three years is a concept album about the life of a boxer during the 1970s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. It's her darkest and most complex record to date, an examination of the centripetal destruction that consumes lives at the point of no return.
  2. The songs on The Forgotten Arm are too engaging to dismiss their familiarity.
  3. While the emotional payoff of the album proves more satisfying than anything she’s done so far, the individual tracks don’t stand alone as well.
  4. Once the contrivance of The Forgotten Arm’s vaguely sketched plot device crumbles, there are still solid tracks to be found.
  5. While the music here isn't as good as that on Bachelor, the strict structure does help give The Forgotten Arm direction, helping shape it into one of her more consistent albums.
  6. Unfortunately, this straightforward approach also reveals how straight-up dull Mann's country-tinged songs can be.
  7. Mann's signature wordplay sounds clichéd and exhausted, and her melodies lack the energy and pop sparkle that distinguished her pre-Lost In Space work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20