Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2 Or, The Last Remains of the Dodo
This is Aimee Mann at her purest and best. As a singer/songwriter your job is to write excellent songs and perform them with honesty. That's what Aimee Mann is known for, but she steps up her game on Bachelor no. 2. In addition to her fantastic songs (one of which was co-written by Elvis Costello, her idol and fellow wordsmith) the album features the most lush and diverse arrangements in the Aimee Mann catalog. Stop what you're doing right now and go listen to "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist." Pretty awesome, right? Yeah, I told you it was.