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This Charming Woman!,
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This is definately not a brand new direction for Aimee, as she was hinting towards a synth, keyboard and pop edge on her previous masterpiece, Smilers. While I still think Smilers is superior, Charmer does have some of Aimee's best lyrics therefore it is worthy of it's five stars.
The title track, Charmer, is great. It demonstrates her ability to still create fun pop tunes set with deep and meaningful lyrics. The album slows a little on Dissapeared, though again the track is great and a nice interlude before my favourite song, Labrador, begins. The music video (a remake of Til Tuesday's Voices Carry) is also fantastic.
The opening synth of Crazytown is hypnotic and beautiful, really suiting the album art and themes, as well are the lyrics. Soon Enough is a soft, crooning tune that sails by beautifuly before Mann's duet begins. James Mercer brings a great strength to the song, as it suits Mann perfectly, providing another standout track. Slip and Rolls is one of the strongest slower tracks and has more of Mann's perchant for using boxing as a metaphor.
Gumby is another catchy and fun pop number, and I really like the lyrics in this one, especially on the chorus. Gamma Ray is the weakest track, the guitar riff is good but doesn't really seem to go anywhere, but it is rescued by the bluesy Barfly, probably the most different of all the tracks in terms of sound. The final track, Red Flag Diver, is the shortest, but sublime ending to this sublime album. All I can say is that I hope Aimee still has a few more albums left in her, and I'm even tempted to get this on vinyl because this package looks so great!