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Rabbit Fur Coat

Jenny Lewis, Jenny Lewis With the Watson TwinsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Team Love Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11. It Wasn't Me - (with Jenny Lewis)
12. Happy (Reprise) - (with Jenny Lewis)

Editorial Reviews

Channeling the evocative storytelling of Laura Nyro and the soulful sexiness of Dusty Springfield, singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis skips all contemporary studio gimmickry to proffer a near-perfect solo debut. The front-woman for indie darlings Rilo Kiley breaks away from the songwriting democracy she shares with that band's co-leader Blake Sennett (also of the Elected), drawing inspiration from the crackling vinyl albums of her youth. And from the opening notes of "Run Devil Run," an acapella gospel hymn sung with the Watson Twins, through the note-for-note cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care" (with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard), Lewis verifies this is her record. Her goose-bump voice can be as mournful as it is optimistic, but remains perpetually mesmerizing on Rabbit Fur Coat's best songs: the god-fearing country-rocker "The Charging Sky," the radio-poppy "You Are What You Love" and, especially, the title track, a haunting, solo-guitar waltz of poor meets rich. --Scott Holter

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Known and loved by many as the enchanting front-woman for LA's Rilo Kiley, Jenny's vocal and songwriting gifts have continued to blossom at a rapid rate since that band's first album in 2000. Jenny's hauntingly soulful voice, sometimes bursting with buoyant spirit and at other times plaintive and world wearied, is deep, sensual and beguiling. Intricate storytelling and evocative lyrics infuse these songs with a captivating vibrancy but may be knocked sideways by the musical alchemy at play as a result of folk, country, and Southern gospel influences. Team Love. 2006.

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effortlessly enjoyable February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jenny Lewis from the Los Angeles quartet Rilo Kiley has stepped out on her own with a collection of country-folk enchantment that is sure to win her a legion of fans. Accompanying her on this journey are the enigmatic Watson Twins (Chandra & Leigh) who embellish Lewis's clear-as-crystal vocals with their gorgeous harmonies that are best described as `other-worldly'. Lewis also draws on a stable of indie stars from Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Maroon 5's James Valentine.

Rabbit Fur Coat sports a magnificent sleeve photograph that serves as a perfect visual insight to the classy affair within. Modelled on `white soul classics', in particular the stunning Laura Nyro/Labelle collaboration Gonna Take A Miracle (1972) this lofty goal is skilfully achieved with tracks such as the luminous Rise Up With Fists!!, The Changing Sky and Melt Your Heart.

The pace is smooth, the songs sound spectacular, dare I say magical, and the album is only briefly brought down by the somewhat stilted title track mid-way through. Much has been made of the cover of The Travelling Wilbury's Handle With Care, but this for me this is one of the weak points on the album. Although a good choice of song the unnecessary introduction of male vocalists somehow taints the otherwise pure female vision of this album. The disappointment is short-lived though as more aces reside in Lewis's scalloped sleeve with the majestic Born Secular that again takes this record into orbit.

Sporting all the requisite country musical touches - steel and acoustic guitars, wire drums and electric piano, Lewis's collection of country/folk/gospel songs make this an effortlessly enjoyable record, although a small leaning to country music is probably necessary.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put on the Coat April 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I admit I'm probably not young and/or hip enough to know Rilo Kiley - so this is my first exposure to Jenny Lewis, let alone the Watson Twins.

Going from that statement - this review will make almost no sense. It won't be logical, just based on pure gut. My first thoughts were that Lewis comes across as a non-twangy Loretta Lynn. It is music on her terms. She is a non-traditional songwriter - almost a deconstruction take on the process. Her performances take on the same form. It's not country. It's not folk. It's just......Lewis.

One of my initial thoughts was that this was like the first time I heard k.d. lang or Dwight Yoakam initial releases. I am *not* saying Jenny Lewis is like either in style or sound. She's just one of those performers where the mold either doesn't fit or has been broken. Either way - it's a *good* thing.

I won't review songs per se - but "Rise Up With Fists!!!" and "You Are What You Are" are stand-out cuts. A cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle w/Care" is ok, but nothing more than that.

The Watson Twins really do add some nice backing vocals - and video-wise, they are extremely intriguing. I know - that latter part isn't enough to make a good CD, but for the curious - it's a worthy purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums of 2006 February 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really like Rilo Kiley so I was interested to listen to this Jenny Lewis solo effort. But being a fan of Rilo Kiley definitely won't guarantee that you'll enjoy this album.

It's a lot more twangy and folksy than Rilo Kiley which appeals more to the college radio crowd but I must admit that I play this record more often than "More Adventurous" which is an album I adore; "Rabbit Fur Coat" just strikes me as being more original and better realized.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins have managed to record one of the most memorable albums of 2006. I'm not alone in this assessment. NPR did a list of the best albums of '06 and this, not surprisingly, was on it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stealthy!! March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a stealth album. You play it once, you think "Okay, interesting." YOu play it again, you think "Hey, that's pretty good." You play it again, you think "I really like this." And then pretty soon you can't stop playing it.

I like Rilo Kiley okay, but I really really like Jenny solo. Not having to fit into the pop song format suits her style of songwriting. And obviously she's been inspired by her collaboration with The Watson Twins here, who not only sing like flawless angels, but who have written some really pointed and heartbreaking vocal parts to back her up.

If you like this album, you might consider getting The Watson Twins' solo album, Southern Manners. The musicianship is really incredible, and the voices are addictive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See her live, at all costs. March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The CD is one of those CD's that I just can't get enough of. It's, for the most part, a really simple CD, but upon many listens you really pick up all the meanings and whatnot. Jenny's voice is... you couldn't ask for anything better. It's so soft and sweet, and watching her hit those high notes is just incredible. Seeing her live was such a great experience. I was in awe the whole time she was on stage - and I was front row, center - well, to the left a tad, but just so much so that the mike wasn't in my view of her.

The CD is awesome. There's nothing sufficient to say to describe it - go to her site, preview the tracks, you'll understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Profound
I bought this CD because I heard a song from it on NPR. The songs are really interesting, melodic with well thought-out lyrics and sung with sensitivity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Good chill indiefolkpop if that's even a thing
I purchased this album to be my work background music. It's soothing enough music. Clever lyrics. Skillful music. Good background chick jams.
Published 10 months ago by Schmooz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic
Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins deliver a powerful bluesy folk album that will be in my collection for years to come.
Published 17 months ago by Skylar Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be yourself when almost everyone on the planet is strung out on...
So few escape the mind-numbing commodification of style, "edge" and technique in what Jenny once perceptively labeled "the booming music scene" (btw it's the same... Read more
Published 18 months ago by In The Midst of Life
4.0 out of 5 stars She's almost too folky for me
I like the album, but sometimes it gets a little too close to country for my taste. I'm trying to accept more southern sounding music, since I've never been a fan, so it's a good... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Erica Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Jenny and "the twins".
Like many, I was initially drawn to this album for the "Handle With Care" cover. Now it's the only song I skip. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever in the Entire History of The Universe
Rabbit Fur Coat is by far the best album ever recorded since the beginning of time.

The whole purpose of mankind's existence was so that music would be invented and one... Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Jeffrey T. Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
The best, every song is amazing, what else can one say. Other than PLEASE Watson twins & Jenny, get together and make a 2nd & 3rd album!
Published on February 24, 2011 by Suener Carnahan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Will Be Really Hard for Jenny Lewis to Top This Album
It's obvious that a great deal of love and devotion went into the making of Rabbit Fur Coat. From the iconic cover picture with Jenny and the Watson Twins echoing one of the... Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Michael Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars Great vocals and songwriting.
My favorite song on this album is "Your are what you love." If you like Rilo Kiley (Jenny Lewis is the lead singer) you will most likely be a fan of her solo stuff too.
Published on December 12, 2009 by Cat K.
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