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Acid Tongue

Jenny LewisAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Jenny Lewis returns with her new album, The Voyager, on July 29th. The Los Angeles artist’s first solo LP since 2008’s Acid Tongue, The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal, and her most musically robust. Featuring production work from Ryan Adams, Beck, as well as Lewis and her longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice, The Voyager finds Lewis at her sharp-witted best, singing ... Read more in Amazon's Jenny Lewis Store

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001CFQO7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins took their cues from legendary singer/songwriter Lauro Nyro in crafting the intimate, gospel-country Rabbit Fur Coat. The all-star Acid Tongue represents something bigger and darker. Without abandoning her roots, Rilo Kiley's front woman adds more soul and jazz weaponry to her musical arsenal, culminating in a record that combines the folky introspection of Joni Mitchell, circa Court and Spark, with the bluesy rock of the Rolling Stones, circa Sticky Fingers, i.e. slide guitar, Hammond B3 organ, and funk-oriented bass (Lewis contributes piano, vibraphone, and guitar). Even her voice sounds richer; deeper and smokier on some songs, like the noirish, nine-minute medley "The Next Messiah," and lighter and brighter on others, like the soaring "Black Sand" and yearning, Bowie-ish "Trying My Best to Love You." Recorded live to tape, the 11 tracks come hurtling out of the speakers like Wild Horses. Duet partners and backing vocalists include Jonathan Rice, Chris Robinson, and Lewis super-fan, Elvis Costello. Frequent collaborator M. Ward drops by to add acoustic licks to the slinky "Pretty Bird." With this second album, Lewis strikes a masterful balance between tough sounds and tender sentiments. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Femme fatale Jenny Lewis has never sounded so passionate and her songs never so hard-hitting and acerbic as on her aptly titled solo disk, Acid Tongue. The album follows 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat (which Spin named among the best albums of that year) and a series of acclaimed albums with indie rock fave Rilo Kiley. Featuring collaborations with A Band Called She & Him and guest appearances by Elvis Costello and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Acid Tongue proves to be wicked good.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so I KNOW there are those who can't stop waving the Rilo Kiley torch, or the Watson Twins torch as well, but this album is about Jenny Lewis and that's who I'm reviewing. She shines, to keep it simple.

The album starts slowly, with the whimsical flirting chords of "Black Sand" and then the dark, slow churning "Pretty Bird" keeps the flow going smoothly, finishing with a strum that shakes you and fades into silence. Not for long, cause what comes next is "The Next Messiah", which is one of those few album tracks that feels live but isn't, and therefore this meandering jam achieves the ultimate level of polished iridescence.

"Bad Man's World" brings you back out of that shake your butt drumbeat with another of Lewis's paradigms of songbird vocal melancholia, the likes of which we haven't seen I think since before Joni Mitchell's balls dropped (I refer to the effect her smoking has had on her voice over the years that has rendered her from soprano to tenor, which is still beautiful, don't get me wrong, I love Joni, but its no longer that crystal clear soprano you hear as the ghost voice on Neil Young's contribution to The Last Waltz).

But onward, to the meat of this album. "Acid Tongue" softly wails the tale of the road tripper, a road Lewis and so many hundreds of thousands out there have been on. She sings the song of no regrets, but simply having had her fill, despite her soul attraction to that particular journey and the places it has taken her. Following is "See Fernando", a song I must admit I prefer live with the Watson Twins, but it's still a great track and worth it. Had I never heard the live version before, I might have been all about this one.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Rabbit Fur Coat September 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums that I can't listen to just once, even though nearly every song could stand alone.

For this album, Lewis and her collaborators left behind most audio editing technology to give a more natural sound to it. The songs sound incredibly geuine without being gritty, and there's still plenty of rock.

"The Next Messiah" will, no doubt, be one of the most talked about songs from this disc. It's around 9 minutes long, but it flies by and seems perfectly at home among the other songs.

It's hard to write a slow song that's still incredibly catchy, but this album has many. "Black Sand," "Godspeed," and "Pretty Bird" are infectious but wouldn't sound out of place in a coffee house. "Carpetbagger" and "See Fernando" are more up-tempo and equally viral, "Carpetbagger" featuring Elvis Costello on vocals. I'm not convinced his vocals fit the song, but he definitely lends that Elvis Costello presence to the song.

For those who are bigger fans of Rilo Kiley or Rabbit Fur Coat, there are songs that could be at home there too. The title track could be a Rilo Kiley song as it tells the story of a woman who's given up smoking and drugs but hasn't convinced herself that redemption is available just yet. The penultimate song, "Jack Killed Mom" has a fun spirit that is purely of this album but also a gospel influence that would be right at home on Rabbit Fur Coat.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed October 10, 2008
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I've been a Rilo Kiley fan since 2003, and like someone else had said, I wanted to like this album. I really did. I thought Rabbit Fur Coat was pretty good, but this was a real disappointment. There are a lot of hipster kids who will say that this album is genius, and I really question whether they would listen to something like this if it wasn't Jenny Lewis. I'm leaning more towards no, they wouldn't. I saw her a few times on her 2006 solo tour, and "Carpetbaggers" and "Acid Tongue" were fantastic, but the studio versions disappointed me. Elvis Costello sounds out of place on "Carpetbaggers" and the backing/chorus vocals on "Acid Tongue" stick out too much and take away from what would otherwise be a flawless song. "Jack Killed Mom" is okay, as is "The Next Messiah," but I can't really listen to the others. The first two tracks are weak openers, and Jenny's voice takes on an odd pitch. The rest aren't all bad; I just can't get into them.

Sorry. I tried to like it, but ultimately, this record is less than what I have come to expect from Jenny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely amazing May 21, 2010
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I was never a big fan of Rilo Kiley and never heard Rabbit Fur Coat when I first checked out this album. Some of the songs blew me away from the first listen. Others grew on me slowly. There's not a bad or boring moment on this album, except for Elvis Costello in Carpetbaggers, who makes me wish I was deaf for 15 seconds. There's a perfect mix of rock, country, folk, and soul here that sounds timeless. Jenny Lewis' voice goes from high and eerie (Black Sand) to low, tough and sultry, and she masters everything.

The Next Messiah is just about the smoothest, most energetic, rocking song I've ever heard, and it's basically three songs. See Fernando and Jack Killed Mom are in the same vein.

Acid Tongue sounds like a classic folk song. It's simple and powerful, as are Godspeed and the other low-key songs here.

I've gone back and heard some great songs from RFC and Rilo Kiley's albums but nothing compares to this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans Of Rilo Kiley Will Love This
As a Rilo Kiley fan I expected nothing less than spectacular from Jenny Lewis and that is exactly what she delivered on this album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eddie
3.0 out of 5 stars It ain't Rilo Kiley
Actually it's not as good as Rabbit Fur Coat either, which was quite good. What can I say? A girl's gotta grow up. A girl's gotta make a livin'.
Published 9 months ago by Moodman
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this
I think both of Jenny Lewis's solo albums are great. Rabbit Fur coat is I think more even all the way thru but I think Acid Tongue rocks a lot harder, and has some extremely great... Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by James D Kirk Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
I got this album when it first came out, listened to it once, and dismissed it because I thought it was awful. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by maneki neko
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Acid Tongue
I love this album i listen to it every day almost and i like the sound of it and Jenny Lewis in my fav Female Singer and she sounds amazing on this record if your a Rilo Kiley fan... Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by Christina Ayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
She's the best living artist going right now. This album is perfect. Timeless achingly beautiful songs.
Published on September 13, 2010 by Christian Migliorese
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first imo.
i mean, tracks like last messiah are definitely better. i also enjoy black sand and pretty bird and others. Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Rodolfo Cruz
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Bother
I wish I could say I enjoyed 'Acid Tongue' as much as I liked her debut, but I don't. Not by a long-shot.

Her debut, 'Rabbit Fur Coat' was original and fresh. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by R. M. Ettinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it.
As many others that have reviewed this album, first a fan of Rilo Kiley.
Couldn't get into this album, songs too slow for my liking. Lacking hooks. Read more
Published on January 11, 2010 by Tina Demers
5.0 out of 5 stars Required a few listens, but worth the effort. 4.5/5
After the first, and even second listen, I was firmly in the 3.5 star camp. Once someone pops in Acid Tongue for the first time, especially if they're familiar with Rabbit Fur... Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by Ryan Turowski
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