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With basic tracks cut as close to live as possible, including the lead vocals, the Rilo Kiley singer’s second solo album expresses a raw excitement, strongly supported by an enviable guestlist and the impressive sonics of Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA, where the recording for Neil Young’s After the Goldrush and Nirvana’s Nevermind once took place. With those ghosts in the air, Lewis set out to capture a performance, and that she does. Elvis Costello adds his coarse edge for a duet of “Carpetbaggers.” M. Ward adds his peculiar guitar to “Pretty Bird.” The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson joins for the title track. Despite these high-ranking names, the spotlight is strongly on Lewis who sings with even greater elasticity and authority, as evidenced by the swooping theatrics of “Black Sand,” the funky PJ Harvey-like seductress moves behind the eight-minute epic “The Next Messiah,” and the perky chirpiness she infuses into “Sing a Song for Them” and the cello-violin supported, gospel-tinged “Trying My Best to Love You” (also featuring a vocal from Zooey Deschanel). Lewis manages to vary her attack without ever losing focus.

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Thank you again Jenny

I have loved everything that has either come out of rilo kiley or jenny/elected. This album is no exception, love once again. You can always count on Jenny Lewis for having variety in her releases. It has a very 70-ish vibe to it still incorporating the country influence Lewis does so very well. For me standout tracks are Acid tongue, pretty bird, Jack killed mom, next messiah, but they are all good.

oh miss lewis...

in my book, jenny can't do no wrong, still this effort doesn't even come close to the exquisite rabbit fur coat, the songs aren't awful but first, there the warner brothers instead of team love, second, the lyrics are repetive et sometimes very bad and third, the ensemble doesn't fit well together. i feel like this wasn't worth the two years wait. especially with 2 songs already known...

LOVE it!

I have been listening to this album non-stop since I bought it. I'm pretty new to Rilo Kiley and Jenny's previous solo effort, but I am totally hooked now that I have listened to Acid Tongue. I love every song! Definitely one of my favourites of 2008.


Born: January 08, 1977 in Las Vegas, NV

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Las Vegas in 1977, Jenny Lewis is a popular indie rock singer/songwriter known for her work as the primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley as well as her solo albums, guest appearances, and duo with boyfriend Johnathan Rice. A former child actress, she helped launch Rilo Kiley in 1998 with fellow musicians Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Dave Rock (who was later replaced by Jason Boesel in 2001). Lewis steadily developed her own vocal style, drawing from the sly country twang of Loretta Lynn,...
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