California singer songwriter Jenny Lewis returns with “The Voyager” - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and her first in six years. It is Lewis’s most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley.
The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams, Beck, and Lewis’ long-time collaborator Johnathan Rice.
“The Voyager” finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.
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8/10 Penrith Steve 18th February 2015
"The Voyager" is as pop as the last Rilo Kiley album "Under The Backlight" in places but seems to win where that lost. Opener "Head Under Water" puts us straight back into slightly overproduced pop territory however, it's still an okay song. "She's Not Me" is better and changes direction for a bit of Tom Petty groove, although the vocal is still pop-sweet. The stand out track for me is the single that preceded the album "Just One Of The Guys" which is GREAT! "Slippery Slopes" is good too, the riff is reminiscent of the title track from "Under The Backlight". "Late Bloomer" is another great song and is reminiscent of She & Him until the fab chorus kicks in. I like this, it is a grower though. I nearly dismissed it at first.
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