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One More Drifter In The Snow

Aimee Mann Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion? You could spend your evening re-reading the DSM-IV Manual. Or you could opt to spend some time with an even more entertaining catalog of idiosyncracies: Charmer, the latest album from Aimee Mann, as fine a chronicler of the human comedy as popular music has produced. Names have been obscured to protect the ... Read more in Amazon's Aimee Mann Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000IB0CK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whatever Happened to Christmas?
2. The Christmas Song
3. Christmastime
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
6. Winter Wonderland
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
9. White Christmas
10. Calling On Mary

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another magical release from Aimee 27 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is rather special and not just a seasonal cash-in as some fans have whinged. Aimee's voice seems ideally suited to the festive tracks and it was obviously going to be a given that she'd stir things up and make the songs her own but it's surprising just how well the arrangements of the songs really work. They're quite sparse in places and understated but they're all the better for it. It's also quite refreshing as I felt that 'The Forgotten Arm' suffered from being over hampered with instruments and the like. The two new tracks, 'Christmastime' and 'Calling On Mary' are typical Aimee tracks and sit well here and the cheekiness of 'You're A Mean One Mr Grinch' sees Aimee really fooling around and having fun. A few more tracks would have been nice but you really can't knock this.

Cheers Aimee!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mellow Christmas music 8 Sep 2009
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Looking at the front cover of the second edition (the one that I own), Aimee doesn't exactly seem to be in the Christmas spirit and this reflects the generally downbeat music contained within. Nevertheless, the album works brilliantly. The first edition of the album (the front cover picture of which appears on the back cover of the second edition) contains ten tracks, six of which are Christmas standards, two of which are original songs and the other two are covers of rarely-recorded Christmas songs. The second edition includes one bonus track, which is a cover of Joni Mitchell's River. This song was never intended to be a Christmas song but it now seems to be accepted as part of the Christmas repertoire, and I'm not complaining. It is exactly the kind of song that you would expect to find on a downbeat Christmas album. Aimee performs it brilliantly, but if you've already got the first edition of the album, I don't think it would be worth buying the whole album again just for that track

The set opens with a cover of Whatever happened to Christmas?. Though written by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, I don't remember hearing this song before, but it's a great song that deserves to be heard more frequently. The other rarely-recorded cover is You're a mean one Mr Grinch, which features male vocals by Grant Lee Phillips. This Broadway song fits the mood but not really the style of the album, so I can understand why some people don't like this track. I definitely hadn't heard the song before I heard Aimee sing it, but I'd like to hear it in a setting that suits it better.

The two original songs are Christmastime (co-written by the album's producer Michael Penn) and Calling on Mary (co-written by Aimee). The latter song includes the phrase that gives the album its title.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I am an Aimee Mann fan and this is the fifth of her albums I have bought. As with some of her work there is a slightly downbeat (though not depressing) tone. I really like her voice and her stripped-down take on some Christmas standards. This is an album that I am sure will grow and grow on me (except perhaps the Mr Grinch track). Everything else is great. Highlights are her own, "Calling On Mary" as well as "Whatever Happened To Christmas" "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas". It is not a karaoke, rip-off version of old favourites but an original re-working of them and well worth the money. This is a very nice album to own and listen to at this time of the year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy Christmas Fare 29 Dec 2006
By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Aimee Mann, loved and lauded for her sharp, original songwriting, doing cover versions? Surely not?! Well, it works, thanks to Aimee's superbly understated vocal and some truly innovative, yet retro, arrangements. Highlights are the poignant original composition "Calling On Mary" which sees the individual heartache under the seasonal tinsel, "Have Yourself..." which refreshes a tired classic using a simple but highly effective keyboard riff, and "White Christmas" which is nicely de-Binged by a mournful bass drum throughout. Mann's aim was to recreate the magic of vintage Christmas LPs by Sinatra, Matt Monro etc. but she's actually made this all her own.

One star docked only for the very short running time (33 mins) and possibility that it won't sound great on the beach in July!
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