10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a prolific first decade as a recording artist—between the band Rilo Kiley, her solo efforts, and side collaborations, she released eight full-length albums—Jenny Lewis took her time working on The Voyager, her third solo album. The six years that followed her sophomore release (2008's Acid Tongue) let Lewis refine and polish these 10 buoyant tracks. Working with two producers who are worthy of her wickedly intelligent songwriting—Ryan Adams and Beck—she devised her most mature and confident album to date. Lewis has rarely sounded in greater command of her versatile vocal gifts, from the sharp, vaulting chorus of the beat-driven opener, “Head Underwater”—which chronicles her emergence from a dark period (“I put my head underwater, baby/I held my breath until it passed”)—to the classic soul melody of “She’s Not Me” and the pleading western noir “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em.” The effervescent, summery production contrasts thoughtfully with Lewis’ piercing lyrics, which find her surveying life with restlessness and resignation in equal measure.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a prolific first decade as a recording artist—between the band Rilo Kiley, her solo efforts, and side collaborations, she released eight full-length albums—Jenny Lewis took her time working on The Voyager, her third solo album. The six years that followed her sophomore release (2008's Acid Tongue) let Lewis refine and polish these 10 buoyant tracks. Working with two producers who are worthy of her wickedly intelligent songwriting—Ryan Adams and Beck—she devised her most mature and confident album to date. Lewis has rarely sounded in greater command of her versatile vocal gifts, from the sharp, vaulting chorus of the beat-driven opener, “Head Underwater”—which chronicles her emergence from a dark period (“I put my head underwater, baby/I held my breath until it passed”)—to the classic soul melody of “She’s Not Me” and the pleading western noir “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em.” The effervescent, summery production contrasts thoughtfully with Lewis’ piercing lyrics, which find her surveying life with restlessness and resignation in equal measure.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

SongbirdMandy ,

Feel good!

I'm a Rilo Kiley and Postal Service fan, and Jenny's first single doesn't disappoint! It is already on my short playlist. Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!

MusicDownloadMan1 ,

Huge fan…bad record

Jenny Lewis' last two albums are amazing, powerful and musically cohesive masterpieces. It saddens me to write a negative review of an album by an artist that I truly revere as one of the best. This album is full of bad lyrics and too much production, reminiscent of Liz Phair. I only hope that she does not fall into the same big label mess that Phair did when she signed with Capitol. Here is hoping that Lewis' next album will be much, much stronger in musicality and content.

elizabethcynde ,

Well it's confirmed...

Warner Bros ruined Jenny Lewis & grit fades when you get older. Too polished. Such a shame.

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