American songwriter Aimee Mann turns feeling down into an "impeccably styled and groomed artistic statement", says William Dart.
"When it comes to soul-searching, she's the mistress of an emotionally savvy scalpel."
Her new album Mental Illness digs deep, although is far from being a psychoanalytical casebook, he says.
Mann has said that the characters on the album are all dysfunctional in some way so the name of the disc is at the same time ridiculous and accurate.
'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
'Avalanche' (Cohen) – Leonard Cohen
Songs of Love and Hate
'I Know There’s a Word' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
'Nightmare Girl' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
Humpty Dumpty single
'Goose Snow Cone' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
'Patient Zero' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
'Same Old Lang Syne' (Fogelberg) – Dan Fogelberg
Portrait – The Music of Dan Fogelberg
'Lies of Summer' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
'Save Me' (Mann) – Aimee Mann
Magnolia, Original Movie Soundtrack