The American singer and songwriter Aimee Mann has achieved special status. That is not only due to their unique sound but also to their artistic independence. Her texts move in an environment of love, uncertainty, melancholy and self-doubt. But hope and strength guide man through her dark hours and ensure that she always soars to new artistic heights. Their sound shows clear parallels to Neil Young and Sheryl Crow. But while they kept relying on loud guitars, Mann’s art thrives on the quiet tones. That’s all the more astonishing when you know that she comes from the punk scene.
On Her Own
Since the beginning of her solo career, this great artist has been fighting against the established music industry and its standards. That undoubtedly has commercial disadvantages, but apparently, the singer is interested only her own special way to achie the hearts of the audience. It is not for nothing that she has been running her label for over 20 years. There she decides for herself what happens when and how. It owes its most significant success to a film soundtrack. Director Paul Thomas Anderson was a huge fan when he asked her to write songs for the soundtrack of his movie Magnolia. He later even stated that the film was just an adaptation of many of Aimee Mann’s songs.
Artistic Freedom Instead Of Financial Success
The title track Save Me pinpointed the keynote of the film with Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise. While the strip won tons of prizes, she got all the musical attention. After all, this has family ties to Hollywood. Chris Penn is a songwriter himself and the older brother of Hollywood star Sean Penn. But Aimee Mann didn’t like the trip to the Glamour world of the film capital. Artistic freedom has always been more important to her than commercial success. She has consistently continued on this path for twenty years. Whether with her solo works or in a duo with the band The Both.
Two Cover Versions Surprised
Most recently, the song follower surprised with appearances in TV series. She first appeared as a singer in the second season of American Crime Story, where she performed a cover version of The Cars hit Drive in an impressive scene. About two years later, it was a cover version that accompanied an HBO series; I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. The Leonard Cohen song perfectly accentuated the dark theme of the show. Critics repeatedly attested that she had the same talent that also distinguishes Paul McCartney and Neil Young. You can write beautiful pop songs that you will never forget once heard. Most recently, Aimee Mann released a new album entitled Mental Illness in spring 2017. Her songs are a signpost through the darkness, making them difficult to sell for the mass market. But that doesn’t seem to bother the now 60-year-old American. She seems satisfied with her career and enjoys her freedom.