Aimee Mann's looks have never really gotten in the way of her music, but were she not an artist of such uncompromising integrity, they easily could have. After breaking from the New Wave band 'Til Tuesday in the late '80s, Mann butted heads with record execs looking to commercialize her solo music, and one can imagine the suits urging her to smile, tease those blonde locks and play up the sex appeal that's made her every indie nerd's dream woman. Instead, Mann has succeeded on her own terms and released eight albums of the sharpest, cleverest, most affecting pop songs you'll hear anywhere. Even so, critics still comment on her looks, and for as respected as she is, she'll always be something of a sex symbol.

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