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Aimee Mann

'Arm' Wrestle

AimeeSinger/songwriter Aimee Mann revisits an earlier time and place on her next Superego album, "The Forgotten Arm," due this week via her SuperEgo label. "It's a concept album and the concept, the vibe of the album, kind of dictated it," she says. "It takes place in the '70s, and there were these sort of pictures in my mind that led me to a really specific sound."

The release marks a departure from past Mann albums in that it was recorded very quickly and with a live studio band, which required very few overdubs. Tracks include "Dear John" and "That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart."

"I'm really excited about it," says Mann. "For me, it's a very different way to record and I think the songs are a little bit different. I never know if that difference really translates to other people, but to me it seems pretty radically different from my other records."

"The Forgotten Arm" is the follow-up to 2002's "Lost in Space," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.