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Over the past few years there have been a bunch of duet albums from man-woman combos, sometime lovers, often involving an actress trying out a singing career. The `She & Him' grouping comes immediately to mind (just friends, those two), as well as Scarlett & Pete and the Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs "Under the Covers" CDs. This Jenny & Johnathan musical pairing is as good as any of those, if not better.
Jenny Lewis's solo albums are decent, not earth shattering. I read a positive
review of the Jenny & Johnny CD but it didn't enter my mind to check it out until
hearing the song "Switchblade" on an online radio station and was floored, I
actually bought the CD just for that track-what a delight to find the whole album
is well written, well paced and well played. With every spin I love this CD more
I hope they continue the joint efforts.This is my favorite Pop album since Tom Petty's Mojo and The Monsters of Folk CD. If you like this CD you may like the neo-psychedelia of the Black Angels' "Phosphene Dream" or Laura Veirs' brilliant folk-pop CD "July Flame" or Kelly Stoltz's CD "To Dreamers"
Two have been her solo albums, a Rilo Kiley disk and now this album: Jenny & Johnny - 'I'm Having Fun Now'.
The disk works much better than Lewis' last solo disk,'Acid Tongue' or Rilo Kiley's last release. The disk title, 'I'm Having Fun Now', seems almost telling. It's a lot more approachable and light-hearted than what Lewis has been up to since 'Rabbit Fur Coat'. They actually seems like they are having a good time.
I don't know from Jonathan Rice at all, so I can't comment on if this is more his style or not, but whatever they do together works - for the most part.
I can seemingly tell which songs are mostly Lewis ("While Men are Dreaming", "Straight Edge of the Blade") and not just because of who takes the lead vocal - but just by the writing style.
That being said, I think Rice fares better than Lewis, but she does a pretty good job enhancing his songs with her harmonies ("Scissors Run", "Switchblade", "Animal").
Even better is when they don't have a huge lead vocal presence and share duties equally ("New Yorker Cartoon", "Slavedriver").
In the last few years there has been a lot of these types of disks: She & Him, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, etc, so Jenny & Johnny are not anything new or groundbreaking. But it's a nice pop record that doesn't offend and won't get an iota of airplay on non-satellite radio. That's not their fault - commercial radio isn't built for this kind of music anymore. There's no auto-tune.
It's also nice to know that Lewis has some ability that didn't seem to be tossed after her first solo disk, though I'm unsure if that is more Rice's doing or what.
Not 5-star disk, but it's at least above a 3-star one, and that's not too shabby these days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as much of Jenny Lewis' solo work, an excellent bridge between that and Rilo Kiley.Published 10 months ago by foolrex
Beautiful album, great commentary on current events/world views. As always Jennys voice is amazing and haunting. "Big Wave" will echo in your brain for days...in a good way! Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Jessica
I love this album so much! If I had to pick my top ten albums of all time all those spots would be filled with something featuring Jenny Lewis, including all of Rilo Kiley's... Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Jeffrey T. Kane
I love Jenny Lewis. I love Rilo Kiley. I love Troop Beverley Hills. Just about anything Jenny touches, I love. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Little Mole
Jenny lewis makes her 3rd band debut here.
first track scissor runner is a very nice track and opens the album well. cool beat.
pet snakes is also a good tune. Read more
It's fantastic from start to finish. I got this for my birthday last summer and it took me a few months to pull the vinyl out of the packaging because I've been a little leery of... Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by merch girl
This is easily one of the best collections of 2010. Pop genius: catchy, smart, tuneful, and stick-in-your-head. Perfect collaboration. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Sean P. Murray
I'll keep it simple: just a great bunch of songs. I had heard of Jenny Lewis but have not bought any of her previous work until now. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Richmond