Jenny and Johnny - I’m Having Fun Now
OK: Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice date. Yet, this old news, mentioned by almost every critic between here and fair Omaha where they met in 2005, shouldn’t detract from their first official collaboration.
There are no cloying sentiments; the Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s biting lyrical prowess abounding. ‘I don’t believe in sucking your way to the top,’ she says in ‘My Pet Snakes’, while the sundrenched ‘Big Wave’ monitors the economic debacle.
This offering, slickly produced by Mike Mogis (who’s produced Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes), may lack the stylistic range of some of Lewis’ previous work, but is no cutesy affair – just her trademark alt-pop, somewhere near its finest.