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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter was originally part of a planned stage musical adaptation of Girl, Interrupted.
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  • Record Label: Superego
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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  1. Nov 8, 2021
    Queens Of The Summer Hotel sees her consolidate her position as an adept songwriter capable of addressing difficult subjects with empathy and beauty.
  2. Nov 5, 2021
    The combination of the airiness of the arrangements and the warmth of Mann's performance is wistfully hopeful, turning Queens of the Summer Hotel into a record that soothes and consoles during moments of uncertainty.
  3. Uncut
    Nov 5, 2021
    Mann's striking vocals, empathetic and emotional, weave through anxiety and depression, crisis and loss. Melodic arrangements abound. [Dec 2021, p.29]
  4. Nov 5, 2021
    It may fall on the more mellow and restrained side of her catalogue, but this is a record to be savored—mining beauty (and yes, some humor) from pain is an Aimee Mann specialty, and this record serves as further testament to that fact.
  5. Nov 5, 2021
    The result is songs that often feel anthologized, and without interstitial dialog or music it’s not always clear how the stories they tell relate to one another as part of the narrative arc that will, presumably, someday underpin a stage show. All the same, Mann has created compelling, complex sketches of characters who are more than the cliches of mental illness that so often appear in popular culture.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2021
    Mann's voice remains exquisite, her lyrics cinematically vivid, often painfully so, but the album possesses a chimerical looseness, a fuzzy aimless drift that is simultaneously haunting and somniferous. [Dec 2021, p.87]
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  1. Nov 6, 2021
    Really good, but everything she puts out is really good. Is it transcendent? No. It’s a B- for me.
  2. Nov 9, 2021
    On paper, the concept of this album seems interesting. But in reality, the whole thing sounds like one loooooong song. There's very littleOn paper, the concept of this album seems interesting. But in reality, the whole thing sounds like one loooooong song. There's very little variety here. So . . . she actually made her fans wait almost five years for THIS???

    While Aimee's singing is enjoyable, the songs just aren't there. Where are the hooks? Sadly, there really aren't any. It's a lot like elevator music—pretty but snooze-inducing. Frankly, I think she's past her prime and needs to recruit some outside help, because when it comes to the songwriting, she just seems to be "going through the motions, baby." :P

    Diehard fans aside, I just don't see this appealing to a wide audience. I mean, did anybody really expect Aimee to take such a LONG nap at the Summer Hotel?? Well, when she finally wakes up, she may not have any listeners left.