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The Both


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release "You're a Gift" (seasonal single, 2015); debut full release, The Both (2014)

See also:

The Both's site

Aimee Mann's site

Ted Leo's site

The Ectophiles' Guide's page for Aimee Mann

Comparisons:

Similar to the work of the individual singers, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

Covers/own material:

Own

Recommended first album:

The Both

Recordings:

  • The Both (2014)
  • "Nothing Left to Do (Let's Make This Christmas Blue)" (seasonal single, 2014)
  • "You're a Gift" (seasonal single, 2015)

The Both

Release info:

2014—SuperEgo Records—SE036

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Ted Leo—vocals, electric guitar
Aimee Mann—vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Scott Seiver—drums, percussion
Paul Bryan—piano, mellotron; chamberlin bass (4, 6, 8, 9); acoustic guitar (3, 5); electric guitar (7, 10, 11); background vocals (5)

Produced by:

Paul Bryan

Comments:

Interesting project. I'm not entirely convinced that this duo works but I'll take any Aimee Mann album. Rating: 55/100. Best tracks: "Hummingbird," "No Sir (acoustic version)," "Milwaukee (acoustic version)," "The Gambler." (raschee@gmail.com)

Generally more rock than Aimee Mann's solo work, but there are also songs that are more indie pop and very much in the vein of Aimee Mann's solo work. This tension makes the album (at times) seem a bit uneven, like they're unsure how rock they want to be or like the two singers aren't blending into something truly new. Other times I just enjoy the album all the way through and don't have these thoughts. Best tracks: "Milwaukee," "Volunteers of America," "Hummingbird." (JoAnn Whetsell)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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