CONCERT REVIEW: Aimee Mann @ Union Transfer


After opening with a breezy “Disappeared,” Aimee Mann bantered easily with the adoring audience before launching into a 90-minute set that mixed¬†choice tracks from her charming new album, Charmer — most notably “Gumby,” “Labrador” and the title track — with deep cuts and crowd favorites from her back catalog. After front loading her set with uptempo numbers backed by her crack four-piece band,¬†including a moving duet of “Living a Lie” sung with bassist and producer Paul Bryan, she slowed down the mood with solo acoustic versions of her classic “Save Me” and the hauntingly enchanting Harry Nilsson cover “One.” Completing the Magnolia triumvirate with a gripping version of “Wise Up,” decorated with spooky Moog atmospherics, she had the swaying audience singing along with almost every word and declaring “We love you, Aimee!” between songs. — MEREDITH KLEIBER