Posted in music | pictures on November 23, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann has never bought into any happy-go-lucky notions of human nature.

Rather, the singer and songwriter works in less optimistic territory in her music, which centers around smart, well-constructed pop songs illuminating hard-luck characters who are essentially victims of their own heightened expectations.

It was a theme of her performance Saturday night at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, where Mann and a pair of backing musicians played a 19-song show that focused mostly on her more recent material, including three tunes from a still-developing musical that takes as its starting point her 2005 release "The Forgotten Arm."

It's a loose concept album about a boxer named John, who struggles with addiction; and Caroline, the woman who loves him. The concept became more concrete on the new songs, chronicling an upbeat flirtation over Tin Pan Alley-style piano, bleak commiseration over slower accompaniment from piano and guitar, and the strain and heartache that come with loving an addict.

Uplifting? Not so much, which Mann herself noted in introducing the second of the three songs: "In case you were worried this musical won't be depressing ..." [Courant Sound Check]

That review comes from the CT show of Aimee Mann's tour that hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. More pictures from the latter, below...

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Comments (20)

Saw her in Lakewood...very laid back show! Show was also Empty..maybe 300 or so at the show. New songs sounded good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 2:45 PM

christ, isn't she in her 30s??? she looks in her 50s

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:27 PM

she hit five-0 this year, actually

Posted by 31 today | November 23, 2010 3:33 PM

She just turned 50. "Voices Carry" was in 1985.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:35 PM

I'm strangely attracted to her.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:36 PM

I agree - Show in Lakewood was great, aside from the Hasidics dive bombing in front of my car. Felt like I was in Williamburg

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:38 PM

Aimee Milf.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 3:49 PM

Aimee.....MEHn?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 4:01 PM

Aimee looks like a Mann

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 4:19 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/aimeemann/musichallofwilliamsburg/2.jpg

How long do you think they stayed before they realized they weren't going to hear "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" at this concert?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 4:30 PM

yeah she put Voices Carry out when she was 5

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 4:45 PM

Thanks for covering this, BV. I've always admired her managing to be one of the only artists that seems to get better with age, and for being "indie" before it was even a style/genre.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 7:01 PM

she's got that hot librarian look.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2010 8:09 PM

"and for being "indie" before it was even a style/genre."

you want to explain how someone with a huge corporate hit all over MTV in 1985 is indie? please, stop abusing language and talking about things you don't know about. She's a pop star. there's nothing indie about her.

Posted by nygrump | November 24, 2010 11:09 AM

She sold her own albums on her own record label for Bachelor #2..definition of Indie I believe!

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2010 11:22 AM

None of you know anything (except the guy who knows she's 50)

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2010 1:18 PM

^Whoops I meant Lost in Space...

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2010 1:19 PM

keep it down now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2010 3:30 PM

Did anyone catch the full setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2010 9:21 PM

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