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Whatever

Aimee Mann

1993

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Whatever

Rating

2.75

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- HELLO, IS THIS NASA? - YES. - GOOD. LISTEN. I'M SICK OF YOUR BORING SPACE LAUNCHES. I'M JUST AN ORDINARY, BLUE-COLLAR SLOB, BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKES ON TV. - HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER? - SHUT UP!

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"Whatever" she says, like she doesn't have a care in the world. Like she's not bothered about my opinion. Well, Aimee, you should be bothered. Here it is: I absolutely adore this fabulous gift you have given the world, you beautiful, beautiful woman. Thank you. Only joking, it's shite.

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I did not like this very much.

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Extremely mediocre 90's pop rock. The opening track grabbed me a little, but I quickly became bored with this album. Skippable, in a word.

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fucking dog shit.

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Whatever conjures up the best elements of surf-pop, new wave, and folk rock (Roger McGuinn has a benevolent eye cast over this recording). Out on her own with a truly great batch of confessional but self-assured songs, Aimee Mann crafted a classic right out the bag with her first solo record. I'm with Stupid was more openly defiant and rougher, but way back in 1993 Whatever already found Mann at the peak of her emotional and musical strength. Check out the layers of distorted guitars on "I Should've Known" coupled with an irresistible melody; the Byrds-isms on "Fifty-Years after the Fair" with its wonderful vocal harmonies and McGuinn's 12-string guitar resounding; the gang voices on "Say Anything" and the poignant "4th of July". Mann even tackles a May-September romance on "Mr. Harris" and sounds as dark as Days of Open Hand-era Suzanne Vega on "Jacob Marley's Chain". Meticulously produced (by Jon Brion), written and performed, Whatever is a pop powerhouse.

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mid tempo pleasantry. slightly over-wrought in places but I like her vocals. From a similar mould to Tori Amos with the alt turned down and the country turned up and that's no bad thing

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Aimee Mann is super talented. She writes and produces well crafted pop songs, almost Beatle-esque in quality. My only complaint about her is her songs sometimes lack emotion - she's almost too cool. Minor complaint though. Really well done debut solo album. 4 stars.

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I am biased. Aimee Mann went to my high school. I wasn't aware of this fact until I was 24 and working on the film Magnolia. One of the sound guys brought his nephew to the set who was visiting from out of town. He was wearing a brown and orange Monican t-shirt. Aimee Mann happened to be on set that day and noticed the shirt. She said something along the lines to him, "Midlothian and Monican are high school rivals, and I attended Midlothian." A couple hours later she was gone and I approached him to comment on his shirt, saying basically the same thing. "You're the second person to tell me that today," he said. Crazy. What are the chances? I kept hoping she'd come back to the set before the end of filming, but she never did. A couple months later I worked on a Fiona Apple video with PTA and he was signing Magnolia soundtracks and giving them out to the crew. For the foreseeable future, I bought all of Aimee Mann's music and saw her perform a few times at Café Largo on Fairfax. She was great. All of this happened AFTER Whatever was released and until now, I wasn't super-familiar with this album. Jon Brion was heavily involved in the Magnolia soundtrack and he's here too. Though not as fully formed as her later work, the album has all the hallmarks of the work I know. Reaching vocals against basic distortion, slower acoustic songs with a smattering of samples with a heavy emphasis on her soothing voice. This album was best played in the 1990s in middle-suburbia. Ideally listened to on CD, but definitely in the bedrooms of late-teen-anxty girls who yearn for a life far from Midlothian and closer to Melrose Place.

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Wetter than SHACK's luscious locks after one of his infamous six-hour showers.

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Wow, I hate this. Her voice is annoying and the style is very adult contemporary. 2

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The first half felt like I was trapped in a Macy's commercial from 2009, but the back half a a couple nice bits that brought it up a tad for me.

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Mom rock bullshit, sorry mom

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I think its cool when someone's first and last name both end in double letters. That's potentially the most stand-out aspect of this album. Expert songwriting that sums into something unremarkable. This is a softball tossed underhand straight down the middle. No spin. No mustard. No funny business. No affect. No risks. No fun. D

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Boring, forgettable. You really have to wonder how some of these albums make it onto this list.

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This was really good. Not a bad song on here. Consider me a Mann Fann.

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The production and songwriting was pretty great

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4/5

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Really liked this

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I enjoyed this. I should listen to her more.

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Aimee man, goed rustig popalbum!

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An ethereal, entrancing album, packed to the gills with pleasing tunes and a voice to match.

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11/23/2021 Today's Album: "Whatever" by Aimee Mann - This album is very easy on the ears. It sounds like a cross between Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M, and the 3 blonds. That classic rock backdrop with very interesting additions like sharp guitar solos floating around the channels or a variety of synths providing different backdrops. I really like a lot of the melodies here and the songs keep my attention with how they build and how good the production is. There are some slower songs that end up losing me and I think there are a lot of times where the singers vocals just don't really work with what's going on musically, but this is a very occasional problem and often her voice is extremely strong and smooth. This is 90s grunge throwing it back to some classic Fleetwood Mac sounds and I think it works out fairly well. Score: 7.5/10 Solid Highlights: I should have known, 50 years after the fair, put me on top, say anything, I know there's a word, Way back when.

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Solid country album, has a fun bit of rock and pop in it that gives it a strong identity. Good singer, good music, good vibe 7/10

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I'm a sucker for a good '90s alt/pop album and this one hits all the right notes for sure. Really fun. I'm surprised I haven't listened to her more.

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Excellent female singer-songwriter 90s alt rock. Feels like the kind of vibes that are popular again

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Enjoyed

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Decent pop/rock album with a storytelling style lyricism. Tad bit long but overall catchy enough to warrant 4 stars

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Reminds me a lot of Alanis. I like the music and angst behind her lyrics!

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Prejak album, nadam se da cu je nastaviti slušati, a ne sam zaboravit

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I just love her voice. Not my favorite of hers, but still very enjoyable.

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I love pretty much everything about Aimee Mann. Her songwriting, tone, voice,… also she’s quite funny. I know it’s not genius or groundbreaking, but I return to her records all the time.

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Some good songs there. Nothing crazy though!

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Great voice and writing. Enjoyed her sound.

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Not much to say. Decent.

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These feel like songs that would have been in the background of my life during my college years then later, in the background of grocery stores as I got older. This album is a lovely listen, with thoughtful and mature songwriting and a nice pop sensibility. It is tightly and slickly produced, with not a flaw to speak of. And Mann’s vocals are pretty perfect. But I listened to the whole thing twice, and I’m surprised to say that I kind of checked out about halfway in. Like six songs were enough and I sort of mentally got the point. Mann would have really benefited from an edit here. She could have dropped three songs and ended up with a much better album.

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Not too bad..reminded me a bit of Sheryl Crow. Didn’t hate it!

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Decent enough singer/songwriter fare whilst not particularly my bag.

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Rating: 5/10 Best songs: I should’ve known,

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Not bad... not exactly my cup of tea. I found myself dragged into the songs with more of a narrative like Mr. Harris, but at other parts of the albums the songs/delivery kind of bled together. I wish this album had the Magnolia song on it.

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I enjoyed this. It's MOR soft rock, but lyrically engaging and has a nice feeling about it. It sounds like someone singing from the heart. A bit of a country vibe in places. 3.5/5

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Middling, it bobbed along merrily. Would listen again.

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Beautiful songs, beautiful voice.. just not in the mood for 90s rocky romanticism, not feeling it now.. but know where to go if I ever do!

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Leuk rustig maar niet speciaal

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Un poco rollo. Parecido a Shania Twain. Parece que tiene discos mejores. Los buscaré. Nada, otros discos me gustan más, pero no, se queda en un 3. No es mi estilo. Es como Shania Twain, un poco mejor.

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I liked it a lot more than I thought I would and it was a more varied record than I anticipated.

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I only know Aimee Mann from the magnolia soundtrack and this album isn’t as good as that but it still solid. I wa shining to it by the end but few songs really stood out. Feels like a proto-Taylor Swift album. Fav song: Say anything

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Кажеться неплохие песни на уровне земфиры. Но не более. Еще женский REM.

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Fun 90s pop

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Oh this is a nice album. Sounds like Taylor Swifts older sister lol. This music just makes me feel good. The sound that could play in the radio all day because it's so easy to listen to, but it would quickly get very boring. Made my day I wanna give it a 4. The lyrics are nice too. Probably deserves a 3 because she doesen't actually sing that well. but idc:))

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It's like diet The Pretenders. Good, hooky songs and sharp lyrics. Honestly though, I fell off and got bored. Hours later, I don't remember a single motif from the album. 3.5/5.

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2021.12.08 Mr Harris

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Pop suavecín de cantaautora. Ni fu ni fa.

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Good 90s sound

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Was easy listening, so easy I forgot I was listening to it.

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Fun 90's. Inoffensive but nothing exceptional.

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surprised how much I enjoyed this

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Doet me een beetje denken aan Heather Nova, maar dat was het dan ook wel.

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Solid 90s

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Amazing production. One of the best recorded albums on the list so far. I really enjoyed the vocals and multi-tracked harmonies. However, the songs are forgettable, ultimately taking away from such a great sound overall.

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Some cool instrumental stuff happening, and she has that great millennial dread that many of her contemporaries demonstrate and that I quite enjoy. But overall samey.

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Didn't mind this at all

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nto bad

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I enjoyed listening to this, but found myself lingering on the album’s potential rather than the album itself . It’s not surprising that it’s Amy Mann’s first album because it seems like one of someone who hasn’t yet come into their own, which we all know Amy Mann does just a few years later. Instead of having an original take, this album takes the best of 90’s music and puts it all together. Which makes it good, but not great.

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🥴

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Decent

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Contrairement à mon camarade d'écoute robvipère je n'ai pas trouvé cet album si catastrophique que ça, mais l'horreur de rob n'a ici d'égal que mon manque d'intérêt.

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Aimee Mann nije mi dobro, aimee mann, nije mi dobro!!! Čista malo jača trojka! Sviđa mi se dosta par pjesama, stavilo se i srce na spotifaj. Could've Been Aynone, Stupid Thing...I've Had It (podsjeća nekako na National, al više instrumentalno).

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Completely forgettable. But fine. Not sure why it's on the list. Wouldn't turn it off if it came on again, but not seeking it out, either.

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Nothing really jumped out at me on this album. I like Aimee's music, and this was an easy listen.

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Not a fan at all

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2/5 pretty unrememberable tracks

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I wanted to like this, but it just fell so incredibly flat for me. Too produced, too... everything.

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I’m a big fan of Aimee Man’s voice—listen to Weyes Blood if you’re looking fit a modern version. This album is way over produced. It’s as if a studio fat cat got a hard on for her and gave her way too much money to produce this album, not only that but it is indulgent and long. This would be a better album if it was pared down—the three songs that are work better IMO. The 4th sings starts with a dope sample then the 90s guitar just tramples all over it. The song, “Stupid Thing” is simply bad. If you want hood Aimee Man Listen to the Magnolia soundtrack, those tracks are magic. Aimee Man at her best. C-

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Ehhhh.. I don't hate it I guess..

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Its fine I guess?

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Nyt on vahvat ysärivibat! Artisti oli entuudestaan hämärästi nimeltä tuttu, mutta yhtään biisiä en olisi osannut mainita. Kovasti mennään kuitenkin samantyyppisissä äänimaailmoissa kuin esim. Shania Twain ja moni muu aikakauden artisti. Biisit ovat todella peruspoprockia ilman suurempia koukkuja. Epäilemättä sopiva konsepti amerikkalaiseen musiikkimakuun. Periaatteessa ei häiritsevää kuunneltavaa, mutta yleinen tasapaksuus ja kiinnostavien elementtien puute vaivaa levyä. 2,5 joka ei saa nyt armoa.

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Artistin nimi oli tuttu ja epäilin olisiko ollut joku Tarantino-soundtrack ja odotin herkkää tulkintaa ja pehmeää ääntä. Olikin kevyttä mimmirokkia jostain Shania Twainin ja Anoukin väliltä. Ei sytyttänyt sitten yhtään. Lopputarkastus paljasti, että Aimee oli tehnyt Magnolia-filmin soundtrackin. Siellä oli niitä hyviä biisejä, tämä nyt arvosteltava levy ei vastannut odotuksia.

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Ah

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Not something I’d listen to again. Not particularly bad, but nothing that stands out.

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mid singer songwriter 2.5

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The best part of this album is the opening of Could’ve Been Anyone. Unfortunately, it only lasted about 10 seconds. Objectively, I think Ms. Mann has a good voice, but I just don’t like it. I think there are too many intonation changes.

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Didn't make a big impression

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I really thought I was going to love this, but, honestly, I didn't. None of these songs stand out to me at all. I'm shocked. Maybe on another day, I'll like it more. 2/5

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Another very fucking generous 2 from yours truly. What a load of shite this album is. Definitely worse out there though.

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Pleasant but not pleasant enough to want to hear it again.

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Never heard of it before. Kind of boring.

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Another easy listen. Not bad, just also not special. I will probably have forgotten this album before tomorrow. Gonna rate it a 2 as I'm bored and it's definitely less interesting than most of the things I've rated 3+.

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boringggggggg

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Ken een nummer van haar, daarom leek me dit leuk. Maar wat een mierzoete toestand!

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Hoe braaf! Hoe saai ook.

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Beetje saai

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Eh. Again, not really my thing. She's a fine songwriter, I'm just generally not into the soft 90s rock scene.

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Boring, very boring

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she has a nice voice, she has other compositions i've enjoyed, but not this one. she had a great cameo on portlandia once too!

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Very on the nose 90s rock sound. I can appreciate the story telling and the musicianship but the whole nostalgic guitar sounds for me is very grating

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I’m usually a big Aimee Mann fan. But didn't really get into this album. Maybe it was just because it was 1993

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This seems so firmly tied to the time in which it was created.

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Should've known it'd be mediocre when there were multiple comparisons to Elvis Costello on the Wikipedia page.

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whatever…

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Vous savez probablement déjà que selon mon barème de notation, les chanteurs ou chanteuses à voix dégueulasse ne peuvent prétendre à une note supérieure à deux sur cinq de ma part. Cet album ne fera pas exception.

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Mislim da bi ovo i mojoj mami bilo dosadno. Na "put me on top" vokali zvuče ko kad sam ja strastveno pjevala na mikrofonu s 8 godina

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Tosi perus

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Aika marginaalinen tekele jos mittaa Spotifyn soittokerroilla vuonna 2022. Oli muutama ihan ok biisi, mutta kokonaisuutena huono.

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Ehhh. JUst water down pop.. Does have few good lyrics but damn it's musically it's just boring.

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Mom rock, grocery store music

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I did not enjoy this album at all. I was 18 when it was released and exactly in that black-clad, Doc Martens demographic, gleefully listening to all the female rock acts I could get. But this is... You know, it's a favourite with older male rock critics. That's where Whatever exists. It belongs on "Best Album" lists but it doesn't seem to have a place outside that bubble. Maybe fans of the album get a nice nostalgic feeling of the early 90s? For me, it's bland rock that doesn't go anywhere.

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una reverenda mierda.

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Nahhh not for me

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One of the biggest questions: why women with beautiful voices waste their talent for singing songs that are total crap, to say the least.

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not for me at all sorry

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The lyrics may well be clever, but I can't get over the music and the vocals to appreciate them. Albums like this make me wonder what it is that I can't hear, because I really can't understand why this would be on the list.

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I fail to see much that’s unique about this album.

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To co dobre nie moze przeciez wiecznie trwac, a ten piekny streak pozytywnie zaskakujacych albumow zakonczylo Whatever od pani Aimee Mann, ciezko znalezc bardziej trafny tytul dla tej plyty niz cokolwiek, bo dokladnie tak sie czlowiek czuje po przesluchaniu tego 51 minutowego, niby cos przesluchal, ale nie wie czego sluchal, bo zarowno wokalnie jak instrumentalnie jest to mialkosc nad mialkosciami, gdy skonczyla sie orginalna traklista plyty i spotifaj zaczal polecac cos whateverowatego, to dopiero po czterech kawalkach zorientowalem sie, ze przeciez to juz ktos inny spiewa, bo jest to rokowy pop najwyzszej proby, ktory ze wzgledu na rocznik plyty, 93, najblizej moglbym polozyc do tworczosci PJ Harvery, ale tym razem sluchalo sie tego jeszcze gorzej, motywami przewodnimi sa typowo babskie uzalania sie nad nieszczesliwa miloscia i tym razem jeszcze odrzuceniem ze strony branzy muzycznej, jakkolwiek by to nie brzmialo tworzac tak popowy album, instrumetalnie nie ma zadnych zaskoczen zostala zebrana banda ludzi ktorzy maja zrobic tlo dla performansu wokalnego pani Aimee, ktora sama rowniez angazuje sie w to granie, glownie na basie, wsrod muzykow sesyjnych wyroznia sie Jon Brion, ktory gra na ponad 20 instrumentach, w tym tak orginalnych jak puste butelki czy optigan, wiec pozytywnie i z humorkiem, bo zatrudnic taka ilosc ludzi i srodkow zeby stworzyc i wyprodukowac cos co slucha sie samo nie zostawiaja po sobie nic i brzmiacego jak cokolwiek innego jest sztuka iscie popularna

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On se fait chier là dis donc !

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Meh. this is just early 90s soundtrack filler.

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This is dull as ditchwater. Straight up did not enjoy.

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