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I'm Having Fun Now

Jenny And JohnnyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B003VSMOZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,791 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better girl-boy duet album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "painting a portrait / all over my heart" 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
5.0 out of 5 stars new fan October 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Fun Now 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
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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.
big wave is a great pop song by lewis..love it
my favorite track on the album has to be Animal. "show your teeth at everyone, dont let no one prove you wrong...your an animal"
straight edge of the blade is very catchy..love it too.
strangely the itunes bonus song is good too. its a shame its not on the album...its called the highs and lows of being #1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it April 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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 JLew projects in years of late - but I'm 1000000000% happy that this was as good as I was hoping.

I love the dreamlike sound of "Switchblade" and the sad but upbeat, poppy sound of "Big Wave." The album is sweet, dark, defiant, jubilant, and best of all amazing :)

In fact I am listening to it right now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Lewis' Midas touch January 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is easily one of the best collections of 2010. Pop genius: catchy, smart, tuneful, and stick-in-your-head. Perfect collaboration. I've loved everything Jenny Lewis has done to date. The remaining question is "Just how good is she?" Time will tell...and I cannot wait. Must admit don't know a thing re Jonathan Rice, but this guy obviously is supremely talented as well! get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bunch of songs January 10, 2011
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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. I'll let the long time fans decide if this album is better than her previous records...but for me, this is a great little album. Like other reviewers "My Pet Snakes, Scissor Runner, and Straight edge of the Blade" are some of my favorites. Great rhythm and harmonies as well as male/female combos that don't get any better. Go buy this CD..... I think I'll be buying some Rilo Kiley records.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Lewis is superb as always!
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 more
Published 24 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this album!!!
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 more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Jeffrey T. Kane
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Addition to the Jenny Lewis Cannon
I love Jenny Lewis. I love Rilo Kiley. I love Troop Beverley Hills. Just about anything Jenny touches, I love. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Little Mole
5.0 out of 5 stars I've had this playing all the time for a month now
I heard the "Big Wave" song on the Sirius satellite channel The Loft and just loved it. Could that be Jenny Lewis? Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by K. Layne
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like a first date
I may be playing a little bit of favoritism here, but being a Rilo Kiley fan already I knew I liked this right away. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Kenneth D. Kellogg
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sleeping in a golden cocoon with you..."
I'm Having Fun Now is a catchy, clever, and smart pop/indie rock album. Jenny Lewis and her musician boyfriend Johnathan Rice create something very beautiful with this record. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by ADRIENNE MILLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny & Johnny
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:... Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by R. M. Ettinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Lewis Can't Lose
The rule goes that, if Jenny Lewis is to be on a recording, no one else need sing lead - or even backup - vocals. Not unless Tracyanne Campbell is for some reason in the room. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Gregory William Locke
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