Abridged Too Far

People Like Us

Abridged Too Far

April 7, 2004


Originally released as a free download courtesy of Kenneth Goldsmith's indispensable UbuWeb, this album contains pieces by Vicki Bennett recorded for freeform radio station WFMU and as a session for the late, legendary DJ John Peel, as well as a handful of other tracks from limited vinyl releases. Bennett is an expert at slicing and dicing fragments of familiar pop songs, film and television clips, and pure kitsch, resulting in absurdist yet accessible collages which trigger memories and elicit a wide range of emotions. Abridged Too Far is easily her best work, and a high water mark for plunderphonics.

- Paul Simpson

Mental Illness

Aimee Mann

Mental Illness

March 31, 2017

Alternative/Indie Rock

For a songwriter who seems obsessed with the darker side of human nature, the title Mental Illness seems almost too much on the nose. But if these eleven songs are less than optimistic, Aimee Mann displays a genuine compassion for her characters, even when they're at their worst, and the austere arrangements complement Mann's vocals on one of her strongest albums. Somber stuff, but heartfelt and deeply human.

- Mark Deming