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I'm Having Fun Now is the debut album from Jenny And Johnny, a group created by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice.

These two artists have been collaborating on and off for years, each contributing to the other's solo records and live shows, but with this record they had a different intention: using their two voices in close harmony and playing ... Read more in Amazon's Jenny And Johnny Store

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B003VSMOZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice have been collaborating on and off for years, each contributing to the other's solo records and live shows, but with this record they had a different intention: using their two voices in close harmony and playing practically every instrument themselves. The result is an eleven song thirty-five minute blast of whip-smart rock and roll. During hours of downtime on her 'Acid Tongue' world tour, Jenny and Johnathan began writing a batch of songs different from anything they had previously created. During a 9 day demo session in LA in October 09, helmed by Rilo Kiley's Pierre De Reeder, Jenny and Johnny played as many instruments as possible, right down to the drums, bringing in Jason Boesel for additional embellishments. The four friends worked lightening fast, had a hell of a lot of fun, and were so happy with the results that Lewis and Rice decided to start a brand new band and finish the record. In late December the two songwriters packed up a station wagon and drove from Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska to work with their friend, Mike Mogis. Jenny and Johnny hunkered down in Mogis' world-class ARC studios for five weeks of tracking, vocals,and mixing during the worst Midwestern winter since the 1860's. The front door of their guesthouse actually froze shut, so they used an alternate route to get to the studio every day. Cut off from the outside world in a blizzard's haze, the record's personality began to emerge. Gone were the vintage, classic-rock textures of their previous two albums, and in came a tougher, rougher sound. There's an exuberance in love songs like 'Scissor Runner' that mask some of the record's darkness, while Lewis chronicles the economic demise of her beloved California in 'Big Wave.' Listeners will relish Rice's haunting vocal on 'Animal' and both songwriters raising a middle-finger kiss off in the acerbic 'My Pet Snakes.' This is not a Rilo Kiley record, a Jenny Lewis record, or a Johnathan Rice record. This is Jenny And Johnny. They're having fun now, and they want you to, too.

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I'll keep it simple: just a great bunch of songs.
Richmond
It turns out to be as good as I could have hoped, with some very catchy rock-pop tunes with fetching vocals by Jenny and appealing duet harmonies.
William Merrill
Scissor Runner, My Pet Snakes, Big Wave, and Slavedriver are fun, classic pop songs that you can't help singing along to in the car.
ADRIENNE MILLER

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
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As a big fan of Jenny Lewis' music - I even enjoyed the last Rilo Kiley CD more than most people did - I was excited to learn about her new duet album with Johnathan Rice. It turns out to be as good as I could have hoped, with some very catchy rock-pop tunes with fetching vocals by Jenny and appealing duet harmonies. (Try the chorus of "Big Wave" for starters.) The settings for these 11 songs are usually a loose sort of indie rock, although an occasional wild card pops up such as the spacey lullaby "While Men Are Dreaming."

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Ryono on September 8, 2010
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I find that I keep using the word 'love' when describing this album. I love its deceptively sweet flavor (with a dark complicated underbelly). I love the call-and-response and/or echoing lyrics. I adore the instances where their voices divide/intersect on the respective choruses. I thoroughly dig Jenny's "riffs" in "Scissor Runner." I love the awe-inspiring uses of harmony on the album as a whole. You will find yourself singing or humming along with Jenny and/or Johnny -- it's practically inevitable. The songs are infectious. The chemistry between Jenny and Johnathan is immediately apparent. I feel like there is no song on the album that distinctly hers or distinctly his, and that this was a true collaborative creation. It is an uniquely beautiful album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Buzzell on October 20, 2010
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This album was my intro to these artists and I was delighted with the discovery. Heard a sample on npr and bought this to accompany a trip to the deep sunny south. A perfect road tripping choice. The vocals are lovely listening and the music is lively and enjoyable. The lyrics tend toward the darker side of things, but the bold foot tapping rhythms and bright refreshing harmonies work to lift the edge and make it sparkle. Life's bitter pill never tasted so sweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Northuis on March 12, 2011
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I must say I am not a fan of Rilo Kiley, I found that band a bit boring and
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"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Ettinger VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
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How is it that Jenny Lewis has seemingly dominated my record review in one fashion or the other?

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on October 10, 2010
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Boyfriend and Girlfriend duo Jenny Lewis, lead singer for Rilo Kiley and Solo artist Johnathan Rice have collaborated to create a band simply called Jenny and Johnny. Lewis being the more prominent musician happened to have Rice join her on her solo tour for the album Rabbit Fur Coat and co-produced Lewis second solo project Acid. In 2007, Lewis paid it forward by co-writing seven songs on Rice's album "Further North". Speed up to 2010 and out comes an album from the Lewis and Rice titled I'm having Fun Now. The first songs to hit the Internet were "Big Wave" and "Scissors Running". Both songs are a combination of an upbeat and mellow sound that is good for moving about the house or driving around. A good song on the album about a living a young almost transient life is "Switchblade". Every line in the song creates an image of that could turn "Switchblade" into a short story. From "dinning out on dollar" to unsuspecting twist of the "money started rolling in you stopped having any fun". Many people should be able to relate to the album if they have ever had to make the journey from being humble yet impetuous to becoming reverent and wiser. The album definitely will transport a person to a someplace without snow; maybe some cloudy days though. If you liked both of these artist pasts works than you will love this album.
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