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A child star who appeared in TV commercials and sitcom guest spots (Mr. Belvedere, Roseanne, Growing Pains), Jenny Lewis grew up and found herself fronting L.A.'s indie-rock sensation Rilo Kiley. Three critically acclaimed albums precede this decision to try her hand at flying solo with the Watson Twins as her vocal backup. Rabbit Fur Coat is a sweeping collection of dreamscape ballads and Petula Clark-styled pop that drips with rainy-day ambience. "You Are What You Love" sashays with a lightness of being that conjures up images of young Jenny starring in a film from the French New Wave cinema of the early ‘60s, while "Melt Your Heart" recalls the austere loneliness of Lucinda Williams, as the night's empty promise is perfectly mirrored in the distancing slapback echo applied to Lewis' voice. There's even a playful cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care", with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst playing the Bob Dylan role and M. Ward assisting as the Jeff Lynne of the project.

Customer Reviews

Whoever wrote the other review is WRONG

My word don't we have a cynic sitting at the table! And in my that person should be eating humble pie. Laced with something nasty. Eww. Although not a fan of the more 'indie than thou' approach of Rilo Kiley I was totally amazed, floored and generally head over hells with this album from the first listen. And that takes some doing for a hardened ex-independent record shop keeper like myself. (You know the type - think Jack Black in Hi Fidelity) Jenny's voice is strong, poignant and beautiful throughout the record. Heart warming while melancholy and a damn site more sweet than most of her warbling moaning contemporaries. As for the the lyrics, well have a listen for yourself - simply gorgeous and importantly for me clever. Let's not underestimate the ability of seemingly emotive lyrics to fall so short of the heart that they might of well of been written by a robot. And a dumb one at that. Jenny managed to be witty and adroit with at no time coming across like she has been hitting the rhyming dictionary when in need of a devastating couplet. Comparisons to Cat Power and Neko Case should be lauded as this lady more than keeps up her end, and by golly should be up there in the Parthenon of chanteuse's. Anyways enough of my own warbling - go listen!

A voice lika an angel

I heard Jenny sing Rabbit Fur Coat on the radio and was transfixed. I could not get it out of my head. When I got home I checked on the web and found this CD. I have played it over and over. It is one of life’s 'Must Haves'. The songs have such depth that I am never bored listening. Each time you listen a new dimension appears. I think her songs are like a glass Rubik Cube. This is a wonderful collection and is well worth listening to. Thank you Jenny and Co.

A real gem

This is a lovely, multi-layered album that will grow on you with each listen. "You Are What You Love" is a perfectly beautiful composition and probably one of the most uplifting songs i've heard in a long time, a sub-3 minute treasure. Overall the album is an atmospheric and melodic success.


Born: 08 January 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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