Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (4 stars)

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

(Rough Trade)


Lewis is a sultry indie poster girl with Rilo Kiley and delivered a beautifully moving country record, backed by The Watson Twins, two years ago. This second solo album lacks the focus of those projects, but it’s still a cut above the average, boasting as it does her undeniable talent and charisma. Acid Tongue starts slowly and only gets going with the sumptuous country gospel of the title track followed by the rattling rock of ‘See Fernando’ and the blue-eyed soul of ‘Godspeed’. Lewis’s voice is as emotionally powerful as ever, meaning that while some of the material here lacks inspiration, she makes it worth the trip.

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