Song of the Day #3,421: ‘Rollercoasters’ – Aimee Mann

After a couple of disappointments by favorite artists, here’s an album by another favorite that met my high expectations.

As it happens, just about all of my favorite albums this year have been by women, with Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness vying for the top spot. Of course, when she promised her “saddest, slowest, most acoustic” album yet, I was destined to love it.

Mental Illness is indeed sad, slow and acoustic, but above all it’s beautiful, filled with Mann’s indelible melodies and aching soprano vocals. Few singer-songwriters connect with me on such a fundamental level. I feel her songs more than hear them.

This is Mann’s ninth solo album (including her 2006 Christmas record) and every one is brilliant. She has enjoyed critical adoration and modest commercial success, but I don’t think she’ll ever receive the level of recognition she deserves.

Rollercoasters and ferris wheels
You like how it feels
Round and round till you lose yourself in the air

All those complicated deals
Your desperate appeals
Calling out to a god you know isn’t there

So high as you fell looking down on the tops of the trees
And all you can do is say
Please, please, baby please

You were conjuring that year
A ghost engineer
Building gods who could put the clock in reverse

Breathing thinner atmosphere
So thin you could hear
Angels telling you boy, you’re making it worse

So high as you fell looking down on the tops of the trees
And all you can do is say
Please, please, baby please

Please give me height
Spirals or spite
Falling or flight, the boosters ignite

So high as you fell looking down on the tops of the trees
So high
And all you can do is say
Please, please, baby please

Rollercoasters and ferris wheels
You like how it feels

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,421: ‘Rollercoasters’ – Aimee Mann

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A beautiful song that sounds completely different than Mann’s other work (Not!😊).

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Beautiful! I love her voice ❤️

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