on 12 September 2000
This CD spans Til Tueday's career, from the full blown synth-pop of "Voices Carry" through to the mature (adult oriented?) rock extracted from their final album - the last 5 tracks on this compilation. The focal point of the band was singer/ songwriter Aimee Mann, now an established artist in her own right, her powerful voice and strong songs mean that even the earlier tracks on this retrospective have aged gracefully. For me, however, the high points are the later songs: "Believed you were Lucky" (here in its full, x-rated album version rather than the edited single), "Long Gone Buddy" and the sublime "Other end of the Telescope". The latter was co-written with Elvis Costello and features the man himself on backing vocals. If you're an Aimee Mann fan, or just a fan of intelligent, well crafted songs this album's for you.
on 2 May 2014
It reamains a mystery to me why Til Tuesday did not become THE biggest band of the 80's.In the US, Til Tuesday had some chart success and were very popular on the college circuit,thus gaining a reputation as a cult band.The band were very much a by product of their time,definitely a square peg in a round hole,and in Aimee Mann they had a singer songwriter who was destined to become the best singer-songwriter of her generation.Sadly,due to record label problems and the politics that ensued plus the usual conflicts within the band,Til Tuesday never found that crock of gold at the end of the rainbow.Their only three studio albums were all masterpieces in their own write[or mind!]Coming Up Close is a wonderful inrtoduction to this great band and one of THE best compilations.My favourite tracks are David Denies,Coming Up Close[of course]The Other Side of the Telescope,which features Elvis Costello,the other tracks are a close second and third, a cracker of a compilation,listen and wonder why Til Tuesday did not become megastars[though personally i'm relieved they didn't,Aimee Mann is still out there,making world class music!
on 27 March 2015
Being honest, I suspect that you're going to buy this album if you're an Aimee Mann fan, like the sort of... slightly depressive music (?) she writes, or are just curious about the start of her career.
It's got the songs that were hits (or at least got some radio airplay), and a few interesting songs (like The Other End of the Telescope, which was co-written by Elvis Costello), and they aren't bad, but I suspect this will always be more of a curiosity piece for those who like Mann's music.