Rolling Stone (8/5/93, p.68) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Mann marries her tales of betrayal and disappointment with vibrant music....WHATEVER truly flies..."Spin (6/93, p.18) - Recommended - "...Melodically a sorceress, lyrically an emotional train wreck, this spooky-looking singer sheds her 'Til Tuesday moniker and steps out with a fresh batch of botched relationships to chew over....Gorgeous guitar pop unsullied by trends or technology..."Entertainment Weekly (5/28/93, p.56) - "...here it is, replete with hooky songs, engaging folk-rock arrangements, and evocative lyrics: 13 tunes that stick to your ribs..." - Rating: AQ (1/94, p.83) - Included in Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'Q (9/93, p.86) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Aimee Mann has much to sing about and the perfect voice to sing it in...Roger McGuinn helps out, conjuring up perfect licks for Mann's intelligent, emotional, and singable songs..."Alternative Press (5/01, p.104) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Breakup Albums" - "...Catchy and yet full of festering anger, the songs consistently reveal a rare inner-toughness..."Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #33 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Rolling Stone (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Nina Persson sings like a warmer Aimee Mann."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 842, p.93) - "...HELL is heaven." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "LaVette's fierce and knowing transformations of material from female writers like Sinad O'Connor, Dolly Parton and Aimee Mann consistently push the levels into the red..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/22/99, p.91) - "...suggests the series' emotional obsessions: from repressed anger...to glorious gloppy romanticism....wonderful voice-from-the-crypt melodrama." - Rating: B+Q (1/00, p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...splices the theme music with selections from Hepburn, Garbage, The SUndays, Guided By Voices, rootsy country fiddle player Alison Krauss and various lesser-known names....It's not without a certain Gothic charm."Uncut (2/04, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Kicking off with The Breeders' blast at the theme tune, it rolls through the Dandy Warhols, Dashboard Prophets, Aimee Mann, The Devics and Laika. There are score fragments, too..."
Entertainment Weekly (1/10/97, p.58) - "JERRY MAGUIRE director Cameron Crowe raids the rock archives and comes up with a quirky compilation of tunes that comfortably mixes and matches inspired, previously unreleased versions of nuggets by Bob Dylan...and Elvis...with familiar favorites by Bruce Springsteen...and the Who..." - Rating: BQ (3/00, p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Nancy Wilson and Paul McCartney contribute a couple of pleasing instrumentals apiece, Aimee Mann's 'Wise Up' is as vitriolic as she's ever been and best comes last in the shape of a magnificent alternate take of 'Shelter From The Storm', a highlight of Bob Dylan's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS."
Entertainment Weekly (4/24/98, p.79) - "...Though the road-trip friendly collection doesn't offer much in the way of new material, bouncy tracks from Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Peach Union, along with a Space Monkeys original echo DOORS' refreshingly breezy tone..." - Rating: B+
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.140) - Ranked # 50 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"Rolling Stone (2/17/00, p.53) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...comprises [Aimee Mann's] most creative, catchy work....shrewdly observed, ornately rendered pop miniatures that triumph within and beyond Anderson's acutely emotional epic....the perfect pop soundtrack..."Spin (1/01, p.73) - Ranked #12 in Spin's "Top 20 Albums of the Year " - "...Precision-strike, perfectly realized emotions....the perfect kiss-off to a clueless record industry that's kicked her around for years..."Entertainment Weekly (12/24/99, p.152) - Included in EW's "Best of 1999" - "...a cohesive assortment of Mann tunes, new and obscure, whose weary narrators are as battered but undiminished as the battery of losers in [director, P.T.] Anderson's unashamedly emotional epic."Q (5/00, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The quality of these songs...suggests a major talent has been overlooked. Strangely, 2 Supertramp hits are also featured. Stranger still, they sound fantastic."CMJ (2/14/00, p.19) - "...Mann's startling honesty and keen dissection and analysis of emotion...makes this material memorable and moving."Mojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.102) - "...Happily, away from the movie the songs work beautifully on their own, with Mann emerging as an even more hopeless romantic than she was on her 1st two solo albums....Mann is a great tunesmith and MAGNOLIA has finally given her a platform on which to prove it to the world."