Album Review: On the Line by Jenny Lewis


Album: On the Line
Artist: Jenny Lewis
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Favorite Tracks:

  • Heads Gonna Roll
  • Wasted Youth
  • Hollywood Lawn
  • Dogwood

Thoughts:

As a brief prelude to this review, a new album from Jenny Lewis reminded me of how much I liked Rabbit Fur Coat, followed by the stunning realization that the album was released in 2006! I discovered Rabbit Fur Coat at the time when I first started becoming aware of new music through podcasts and streaming services, and now my “new way” of consuming music is rather old at 13.

Okay, onto the actual new album, which is Jenny Lewis’ fourth. The album has a retro-sound reminiscent of 70s sunny California pop. This sound is added by the appearance of veteran musicians like Don Was, Ringo Starr, and Jim Keltner in he backing band.  Nevertheless, the sound is still fresh, and the lyrics are anything but frothy. Lewis is primarily a storyteller, telling stories of people desiring escape, lost love, and lots and lots of substance abuse. There’s a lot of humor in her lyrics, but often the humor is a way of revealing deeper pains.

Rating: ***1/2

Song of the Week: “Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis


Jenny Lewis is responsible (with The Watson Twins) for one of my favorite albums of all time, Rabbit Fur Coat.  I didn’t like her follow-up Acid Tongue as much, but now she’s back with The Voyager and it’s very catchy single “Just One of the Guys.”   The sunny melody belies the deeper meaning of the lyrics which reveal something new with each listening.

Here’s the already famous video where Lewis is backed up by a band of Hollywood stars:

Ten Favorite Songs of 2005


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2005.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

The Charging Sky – Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

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Jogando Capoeira – Beatfanatic

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Marty & Lou – Peter Mulvey

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Psyclone! –  Super Furry Animals

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Qué Onda Guero – Beck

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Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers

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The Sporting Life – The Decemberists

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Sundress – Nolan McKelvey and 33

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Tribulations – LCD Soundsystem

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And my song of shame for 2005: Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

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Song of the Week: “A Tattered Line of String” by The Postal Service


“A Tattered Line of String” is the new track on the rerelease of The Postal Service 2003 album Give Up, although you can be forgiven for thinking the song is from 1983 instead.  I can imagine hearing this song between tracks by the Human League and The Pet Shop Boys.  Lead singer Ben Gibbard is also known for his work with Death Cab for Cutie.  Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley provides backup vocals.

 

What new songs are you listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments!