Lost in Space (album)

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Lost in Space
Aimee Mann - Lost in Space.jpg
Studio album by Aimee Mann
Released August 27, 2002
Recorded Stampede Origin Studios, Sonora Recorders, Henson Recording Studios, Q Division, Kampo
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 43:03
Label V2, SuperEgo
Producer Mike Denneen, Ryan Freeland, Michael Lockwood
Aimee Mann chronology
Ultimate Collection
Lost in Space
Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

Lost in Space is an album by singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 2002 on her own label, SuperEgo Records. A special edition released in 2003 featured a second disc containing six live recordings, two B-sides and two previously unreleased songs.

Mann performed the songs "This Is How It Goes" and "Pavlov's Bell" during a guest appearance on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in the season seven episode "Sleeper".

"Today's the Day" is featured in the 2002 film Enough.

The cover and accompanying mini-comic were drawn by Canadian cartoonist Seth.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100) [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [3]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [5]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [2][7]
Robert Christgau C+ [8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [9]
Spin (6/10) [2]
Stylus Magazine B− [10]
The Village Voice (positive) [11]

The album so far has a score of 74 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[2] E! Online gave the album a B+ and stated, "Mann's cranky muse is consistently compelling, showcasing both her wry lyrics and terrific melodies."[2] Uncut gave the album four stars out of five and called it "textured and complex".[2] Blender also gave it four stars out of five and said the album "pushes [Mann] in a new direction."[2] Q likewise gave it four stars and said that Mann has "returned to writing songs which are wry, funny, adult and perceptive, all wrapped up in handsome melodies."[2] Billboard gave it a positive review and called it "sonically rich" and "home to some of Mann's most intimate storytelling."[12] Neumu.net gave it seven stars out of ten and called it "a rare record that simply responds to the quiet masses who maybe feel just a bit to much too often, and offers them a soothing, downbeat source of comfort without preaching or apology."[13] Mojo gave it a positive review and stated: "Michael Lockwood's production occasionally affects a sound akin to a Vonda Sheppard reared on black dreams and Russian literature."[2]

Other reviews are very average or mixed: Trouser Press gave it an average review and said of Mann, "The songs are not as strong overall as on her previous albums, and the tempo neither flags nor picks up over the course of the album."[14] In his The Village Voice Consumer Guide, Robert Christgau gave it a C+ and said of Mann, "For her fans, the news is that she's invested her profits in studio musicians. Takes talent to make that more boring than solo acoustic, no?"[8] Rolling Stone, however, gave it two stars out of five and said, "The tempos and melodies drag throughout; it's as though we've heard Mann sing these songs before, only here her understated passion comes off more like overstated indifference."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Aimee Mann, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Humpty Dumpty" – 4:01
  2. "High on Sunday 51" (Paul Dalen, Mann) – 3:15
  3. "Lost in Space" – 3:28
  4. "This Is How It Goes" – 3:47
  5. "Guys Like Me" – 3:12
  6. "Pavlov's Bell" – 4:27
  7. "Real Bad News" – 3:53
  8. "Invisible Ink" (Mann, Clayton Scoble) – 4:59
  9. "Today's the Day" – 4:42
  10. "The Moth" – 3:46
  11. "It's Not" – 3:27

Special edition disc two tracks[edit]

  1. "Real Bad News" (Live from Brussels) – 3:38
  2. "The Moth" (Live from Stockholm) – 3:31
  3. "This Is How It Goes" (Live from Brussels) – 3:38
  4. "The Scientist" (Live from Brussels) – 4:19 (Coldplay cover)
  5. "Invisible Ink" (Live from Brussels) – 5:07
  6. "Nightmare Girl" (B-side) – 3:49
  7. "Backfire" (B-side) – 3:15
  8. "Fighting the Stall" – 4:04
  9. "Observatory" – 4:19
  10. "It's Not" (Live on BBC) – 3:16



Chart (2002) Peak position
US Billboard 200 35 (232,000 units sold)
Top Internet Albums 35
Top Independent Albums 31


  1. ^ Third last page of the mini-comic: Art direction & design: Gail Marowitz, Aimee Mann & Seth. Illustrations: Seth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Critic reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The A.V. Club review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 22, 2003). "Not Hop, Stomp". The Village Voice. New York. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 5, 2007)
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  11. ^ The Village Voice review
  12. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 27, 2002)
  13. ^ Neumu.net review
  14. ^ Trouser Press review

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