Please Explain to Me ... Jenny Lewis
Now if J. Freedom were writing this it might be called, "Please Explain to Me ... How Somebody Whose First Solo Album I Loved Could Do Something SO Insipid." And for the sake of this argument I'll mostly stick to "Acid Tongue," released today and a strong contender for the second annual "Sky Blue Sky" Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Field of Dullardry.
If you were wondering why you couldn't find a review of the album in today's paper, it's because all the potential reviewers either fell asleep or forced themselves to sleep via a hammer to the cranium by the 43rd time Lewis moaned "black sand" on the album's bore of an opening track.
The rest of the album moseys along in the same doze-inducing fashion. It's aural tryptophan. Actually, that's not true because at least with tryptophan you've had some filling turkey.
"Acid Tongue" is aural malnourishment. There's nothing there. And yes, "Rabbit Fur Coat" is better, but it's still mostly pleasant and pretty. Maybe very pleasant and very pretty at times, but don't we want more from music than that?
Yes, Lewis herself is quite a looker and she rarely wears pants (see above pic; often does wear hotpants), and if you think that doesn't have anything to do with her success, well, you're living in some fantasy world.
But back to the music: Even on "Rabbit Fur Coat" it was the harmonies by the Watson Twins that made for the most interesting moments. Lewis's voice just has no character and it's not like she's an illuminating lyricist, either. It's like she's some lab-created child star who has slowly been molded into the perfect "hip" MOR singer. Hey, wait a second...
By David Malitz |
September 23, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
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