Music Review: Jenny and Johnny, I’m Having Fun Now
Michael Fremer over at MusicAngle takes a listen to one of my favorite CDs:
Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice were a couple when they made this REM indebted pop/rock album a few years ago. For all I know they are still a couple. I sure hope so because they make exquisite folk/rock music together, with both sharing guitar and bass playing.
What the record lacks in musical originality is more than made up for by the faultless execution. The hook-laden record is packed with memorable melodies, neatly packaged within superbly crafted tunes. The lyrics hold interest too.
The nostalgic and tender “Switchblade” reminisces about the good times before success and describes feelings of ambivalence about success and how it’s never as perfect as imagined since to get something you have to give up something.
That tune is one of the album’s highlights for me but really there’s not a bad song on a set that’s brimming with faultless harmonies, well crafted arrangements and meticulous production, probably on a shoe-string budget.
Lewis’s consistently superb work solo, in Rilo Kiley and with the Watson Twins has only been augmented with her hooking up with Rice. He’s no Yoko to her John Lennon, that’s for sure.
Read the complete review from MusicAngle here.