Copyright CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Date: Thursday, February 8, 1996
Source: Mark Caro.
I'm With Stupid (DGC) (star) (star) (star)
She hits you with the "f" word in the
album's first line, but most of the soft-spoken daggers that follow are
less a bow to fashion than the product of a sharp singer-songwriter's mind.
Mann, in her second solo effort since disbanding 'Til Tuesday, provides
a cool counterpoint to more overtly angry female performers, as she sings
in such sweet, intimate tones that you can practically feel the breath on
your ear. Yet her depictions of broken-hearted bitterness, frustration and
disappointment continue to carry a sting, whether she's lamenting a lover's
inconsideration ("Amateur") or declaring an affair to be "All
Over Now." Although the musicianship could use a tad less polish, her
melodic gifts remain strong and the rhythms are livelier than on 1993's
"Whatever," with syncopated dance beats driving the irresistible
"That's Just What You Are" (featuring Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook
and Chris Difford).