Copyright 1993 Information Access Company, a Thomson Corporation
Copyright 1993 Interview Magazine
SECTION: Vol. 23 ; No. 5 ; Pg. 30; ISSN: 0149-8932
LENGTH: 203 words
HEADLINE: Aimee Mann comes back singing; Illustration
BYLINE: Galvin, Peter
Aimee Mann has taken her share of dirty punches in the romantic ring. The bruises and scars are evident everywhere on her first solo album, Whatever (Imago), out this month. In one finely crafted song after another, the former leader of the alternative-pop outfit 'Til Tuesday sings sad and witty tales of love gone awry, her quavering voice detailing the pain of a broken heart and a battered psyche. Love isn't easy, that's for sure, but one has to wonder, from the disappointed tone of her lyrics, if Mann hasn't been hoping for too much. "I think you have to have high expectations in love," insists the singer. "If you have low expectations, what do you think--you're going to get more than you hope for? Dream on." Romantically jaded or not, Mann is optimistic about her solo career, which essentially began when she took over almost all the songwriting chores on 'Til Tuesday's final record, 1988's critically acclaimed Everything's Different Now. That album contained an intense, left-of-center brand of folk-pop that found little favor with consumers. "Alternative is not so alternative these days," says Mann, "and the music that I'm doing is not so uncommercial; I think there's a place for me."