The Good Stuff V
Big Aimee fan, here. What can I say? I'm a sucker for 18-foot-tall punk-platinum blondes with gorgeous voices and a way with lyrics.
FAME & GLORY
Produced by singer-songwriter Joe Henry, The Forgotten Arm is a departure for Mann in several ways, not least of which that it was recorded over just five days last summer. “Joe makes records really fast and he makes them in a very natural way,” says Mann. “He sort of casts the members of the band well”—including Sheryl Crow’s guitarist Jeff Trott; Julian Coryell on additional guitars; Jebin Bruni on keyboards; bass player Paul Bryan; and Victor Indrizzo and Jay Bellarose on drums—“and then we just made the record fast and simple.” It is also Mann’s most straightforward rock record to date. “I liked the idea of sounding more like a live band,” she says, “so there is a similar guitar sound form song to song. On all my other records, each song has a totally different approach, completely different guitar sounds, lots of little interesting moments that happen, with tons of little overdubs. This time I was like, Nope. One guy playing one thing for the whole record. It takes a lot of nerve to just turn shit off. We only had four or five instrument playing: piano, bass, guitar, that’s it. It’s just great playing.”