I Sing, Therefore I Am

Soulful CDs from meditative singer-songwriters Aimee Mann, James Taylor and David Baerwald

The only musician working today who could start an advice column if she tired of writing in rhyme may be AIMEE MANN. Her songs often take the perspective of an older sister talking a listener through a breakup. "This is how it goes: You'll get angry at yourself/And think you can think of something else," she sings on her new album, Lost in Space. Her music is rock at its most comforting, with gently swinging rhythms and mournful guitar lines. Sometimes only a hint of distortion steers it clear of soft-rock territory. The words ultimately, however, are not soft but the...

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