Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo

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Bachelor No. 2
Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2.jpg
Studio album by Aimee Mann
Released May 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop rock
Length 49:21
Label SuperEgo, V2
Producer
Aimee Mann chronology
Magnolia
(1999)
Bachelor No. 2
(2000)
Ultimate Collection
(2000)
Singles from Bachelor No. 2
  1. "Red Vines"
    Released: March 12, 2001
  2. "Calling It Quits"
    Released: September 17, 2001

Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo (also shortened to Bachelor No. 2) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released on May 2, 2000. The album is notable for the fact that Mann was initially without a record company and sold the album through her website, but the album went on to gain a worldwide release and achieve respectable sales. This was aided by the success of the Magnolia soundtrack, for the film of the same name by Paul Thomas Anderson, with which the album shares material.

The first release was a limited-run 7-song preview EP which was sold at concerts and via her website.

The full album was slated for a release through Interscope, but they did not think the material had commercial appeal. Mann purchased back the rights for "six figures", and began selling the album online. It was one of the first albums to be successful with only online sales, eventually selling 25,000 copies from Mann's website. After attracting attention, a distribution deal to traditional retail channels led to sales topping 200,000.[1]

The Japanese version of the album contains bonus material, the European version has a different track listing and slightly different material. The album was remastered and released in 2004 by the audiophile record label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) as a hybrid stereo SACD and as an LP on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 89/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Baltimore Sun 3/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
Houston Chronicle A[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[11]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[12]

Review aggregator website Metacritic states that the album received "universal acclaim" upon its release, giving it a score of 89 out of 100 based on 13 reviews.[2] The same website placed the album at number 28 on their list of the best received album of the decade 2000-2009, and number 9 on their list of the best Indie/Alternative albums of the decade.[13] Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 100.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Aimee Mann, except where noted.

US and Japan releases[edit]

  1. "How Am I Different" (Jon Brion, Mann) – 5:03[15]
  2. "Nothing Is Good Enough" – 3:10[15][16]
  3. "Red Vines" – 3:44[15]
  4. "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist" (Elvis Costello, Mann) – 3:06[15]
  5. "Satellite" – 4:10[15]
  6. "Deathly" – 5:37[17]
  7. "Ghost World" – 3:30
  8. "Calling It Quits" – 4:09[15]
  9. "Driving Sideways" (Michael Lockwood, Mann) – 3:49[17]
  10. "Just Like Anyone" – 1:22[15]
  11. "Susan" – 3:51
  12. "It Takes All Kinds" (Brion, Mann) – 4:06
  13. "You Do" – 3:43[17]
  14. "Save Me" – 4:35[17] (Japan bonus track)
  15. "Save Me" (Video) (Japan Bonus track)

European release[edit]

The E.U. Edition of the Bachelor No. 2 CD on V2 Records has a rearranged track listing that removes "Driving Sideways" and adds a new track "Backfire". The Japanese bonus tracks are included.

  1. "How Am I Different" – 5:03
  2. "Nothing Is Good Enough" – 3:10
  3. "Red Vines" – 3:44
  4. "The Fall of the World's Own Optimist" – 3:06
  5. "Satellite" – 4:10
  6. "Deathly" – 5:37
  7. "Ghost World" – 3:30
  8. "Calling It Quits" – 4:09
  9. "Susan" – 3:51
  10. "Backfire" (Brion, Mann) – 3:25
  11. "It Takes All Kinds" – 4:06
  12. "Save Me" – 4:35
  13. "Just Like Anyone" – 1:22
  14. "You Do" – 3:43
  15. "Save Me" (Video)

MFSL release[edit]

The MFSL SACD and LP releases feature the same track list as the 13 track US CD release.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Aimee Mann, Jon Brion, Mike Denneen, Buddy Judge, Brendan O'Brien
  • Executive producer: Michael Hausman
  • Engineers: Mike Denneen, Nick DiDia, Ryan Freeland, S. "Husky" Höskulds, Dustin Jones, Buddy Judge, Hank Linderman, Brian Scheuble
  • Assistant engineers: Elijah Bradford, Carlos Castro, Connie Hill, Dustin Jones
  • Mixing: David Boucher, Bob Clearmountain, Ryan Freeland
  • Mastering: Shawn R. Britton
  • Extensive Help with Production: Buddy Judge
  • Assistants: David Boucher, Ryan Freeland
  • Computers: Buddy Judge
  • Drum engineering: Hank Linderman
  • Vocal engineer: S. "Husky" Hoskulds
  • Drum programming: Michael Hausman, Buddy Judge, Hank Linderman
  • Art direction: Aimee Mann, Gail Marowitz
  • Design: Aimee Mann, Gail Marowitz

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 134
2000 Top Internet Albums 20
2001 Top Independent Albums 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cramer, Ben (March 20, 2001). "Music After Napster". Playboy. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Bachelor No. 2 (or, the last remains of the dodo) by Aimee Mann". Metacritic. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bachelor No. 2 Or, The Last Remains of the Dodo – Aimee Mann". AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (June 8, 2000). "Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2 Or, The Last Remains of the Dodo (Superego SE002)". The Baltimore Sun. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (April 28, 2000). "Bachelor No. 2 (or, the last remains of the dodo)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Clark, Michael D. (May 28, 2000). "Rejecting the single life; Taken as a whole, 'Bachelor' shines". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Nichols, Natalie (April 9, 2000). "Aimee Mann 'Bachelor No. 2' SuperEgo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo". Q (166): 120. July 2000. 
  9. ^ Wild, David (June 8, 2000). "Bachelor No. 2 : Aimee Mann". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 511–12. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  11. ^ Barnes, Ken (May 2, 2000). "Aimee Mann, Bachelor No. 2". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 15, 2000. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 13, 2001). "Pazz & Jop Preview". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ Jason Dietz (2009-12-15). "The Best Music of the Decade". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  14. ^ Newlin, Jimmy. "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Appeared on the self-published EP.
  16. ^ Instrumental appeared on the Magnolia soundtrack.
  17. ^ a b c d Appeared on the Magnolia soundtrack.

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