“Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde (No. 12)

Bloodletting gets tagged with the "gothic rock" genre, which is a bit unfair to Concrete Blonde. Sure, it's got a wee bit of goth about it, but it's not all gloom and doom lyrically or musically. In fact, Bloodletting is every bit as energetic and rock & roll as Free, or their first (self-titled) album. … Continue reading “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde (No. 12)

“Whatever” by Aimee Mann (No. 18)

A word of caution before listening to Aimee Mann's Whatever – it may very well cause you to recalibrate your standards for songwriting. If you're setting your standards by this album, it's almost unfair to most other bands. Almost. Released in 1993, Whatever was Mann's first solo album – but certainly not her first time … Continue reading “Whatever” by Aimee Mann (No. 18)

“Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo” by Aimee Mann (No. 54)

Bachelor No. 2 is the album that, if Interscope had its way, wouldn't have been released at all. Instead, Aimee Mann bought the rights back and released it on her own through her website – a gutsy move in 2000, but it paid off for Mann and her fans. Most of Mann's albums make me … Continue reading “Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo” by Aimee Mann (No. 54)