Both CD (2014)

Artist: Both

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SKU 262381134
UPC 698519003621
UPC 14 00698519003621
Format CD
Release Date 4/15/2014
Author Both
Technical Info
Engineer Paul Bryan; Ryan Freeland
Producer Paul Bryan
CatalogID SE 036
Lable Name Superego
Released 04/15/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00698519003621
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Aimee Mann (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ted Leo (vocals, electric guitar); Paul Bryan (piano, chamberlin, Mellotron); Scott Seiver (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Freeland.
Recording information: Stampede Origin, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ed Sherman.
The Both's first album represents the results of a well-conceived collaboration between two artists who've built up considerable goodwill with their long careers of first-rate songcraft. While both Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are perfectly capable of making records that are full of brainy, emotionally charged, and melodically rich songs, together they come together in a way that adds up to something greater than their solo work. Most of all, their vocals sound great together whether singing in harmony or trading off parts. That's a huge selling point right there, but apart from that, Leo gives Mann's songs a boost of energy, his guitar ripping off fiery solos and live-wire riffs, while Mann's earthy vocals and carefully structured chord changes rein in Leo's rockist tendencies and let him show he can do power pop ballads as well as he can do Thin Lizzy-style rockers. The record is balanced between songs that are obviously his ideas (the rollicking "Milwaukee" and "Volunteers of America") or hers (the stately "No Sir," the melancholy "You Can't Help Me Now"), but no matter who came up with them, all the songs are hooky and memorable. They were both clearly inspired by the chance to work together and brought their best work to the table. Other highlights of the albums are Mann's rock-solid bass playing, the well-placed keyboards and simple production of Paul Bryan, and Scott Seiver's strong drumming. Their cover of the early Thin Lizzy track "Honesty Is No Excuse" is another high point, with Leo's well-documented love for Phil Lynott shining through in his impassioned vocals and fret-melting solo. Though the album slows a bit on the back half, with the fragile "Hummingbird" coming off as a little too sedate and precise, it charges back with two of their best songs, the super-catchy "Bedtime Stories" and the bouncing, piano-led "The Inevitable Shove," which represents one of the best blends of Leo and Mann's talents. Indeed, The Both never sounds like Leo playing Mann's songs or vice versa. They work hard to make it a true collaboration, and due to that effort and the high quality of the songs they each brought, it works amazingly well. Well enough that it rates with the best work of either artist, which, given their respective track records, is saying a great deal. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "New Wave heartthrob and master songcrafter Aimee Mann gets welcome vocal and guitar snarl from Ted Leo, a post-punk heartthrob in his own right whose unfussy attack benefi ts from Mann's melodic and harmonic touch."
Magnet - "Finding a mid-career musical foil -- one who not only masks flaws, but plays to strengths -- is rare, and to make it all sound so natural on the first attempt is rarer still."
Paste (magazine) - "The best songs on here sound like typical Mann creations: baroque pop with intelligent lyrics sung at the kind of bar where no one's had too much to drink..."
Disc 1
1 Gambler, The
2 Milwaukee
3 No Sir
4 Volunteers of America
5 Pay for It
6 You Can't Help Me Now
7 Prisoner, The
8 Hummingbird
9 Honesty is No Excuse
10 Bedtime Stories
11 Inevitable Shove, The
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