Charmer, the most recent album from singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, continues her unwavering streak of poignant character studies in song. Above warm analog synthesizers and along slivering electric leads, she analyzes winkers and leaders and the folks who follow. Her weaponized monotone puts each subject at a cool distance, giving each tune the feeling of a chapter that's been thoroughly researched and fairly reported. Mann remains one of music's sharpest pair of eyes. Speaking of charmers, bounding, pointed pop-punk dude Ted Leo opens with a solo set.