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.

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Song of the Day #3,226: ‘I Should’ve Known’ – Aimee Mann vs. Ben Folds Five

OK, here’s the first matchup in Round One of Montauk Madness that hit me right in the gut: Aimee Mann vs. Ben Folds Five.

Why hurt me like this, oh musical gods, by pitting two of my all-time favorite artists against each other in what should be the easiest round?

I discovered both of these acts right around the same time, 20 years ago. I know that because I gave their latest CDs (Mann’s I’m With Stupid and BFF’s Whatever and Ever Amen) to my brother-in-law as a birthday present in 1997.

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Song of the Day #3,183: ‘Goose Snow Cone’ – Aimee Mann

I’ve waited five long years since the last solo Aimee Mann album. She released an album with Ted Leo in 2014 under the moniker The Both, which was fine, but not the same. I’m stoked.

Even better, Mann told Rolling Stone that the new record, titled Mental Illness, promises to be her “saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it-record.” That, my friends, is melancholy music to my ears.

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Song of the Day #3,028: ‘Can’t You Tell?’ – Aimee Mann

aimeemann2Next up in the 30 Days, 30 Songs project is Aimee Mann, with an anti-Trump song that seeks to understand how he wound up in this position to begin with.

Like many people, Mann believes that Trump doesn’t really want to be president, that he fell into this role almost by accident and certainly with no expectation that he could actually win the thing.

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