Friday, August 8, 2014

Jenny Lewis Soul Searches on 'The Voyageur'

I have the fondest memories of being about 14 years-old, sitting in my bedroom and rocking out to unequivocally likeable indie-rock band Rilo Kiley, fronted by oh-so-cool Jenny Lewis and her easy croons. Despite the fact that she's a red-haired bombshell, and their feel-good rock was good enough to rule airwaves, Lewis never technically sold out to the mainstream - despite the fact that she quickly became revered as one of the most powerful leading ladies in indie music.

Last week, Jenny Lewis swung back with The Voyager, her first solo album in six years and an honest collection of Ryan Adams-produced songs that detail heartbreak, the death of her estranged father and being eternally restless. With each song carrying either a folky sway, surf-rock bounce or complete Fleetwood Mac resemblance, the formidable front woman has vocally never sounded better, cooler or braver.

Age, experience, gender, whatever - if you're in that soul searching period of your life, Jenny has you covered. Aside from the title track, here's my favourite song off the release - the shimmery album opener titled "Head Underwater" which has her singing, "There's a little bit of magic/ Everybody has it/ That's a little bit of fight left in me yet." I like the sounds of that.

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