Review: The Voyager by Jenny Lewis

The Voyager by Jenny LewisFor all the warm fuzzies you get from Jenny Lewis’ third solo effort, there’s actually a lot of work (and emotion) coming into this. The Voyager took five years to write; in those years, her band Rilo Kiley broke up, and her father, who she was distant to for most of her life, passed away. (“You Can’t Outrun ‘Em”, a song about their reconnection, is inevitably one of the most poignant on the record.) But it’s not all strife and heartbreak on the album. One thing Jenny does well is add a dash of sugar to what would usually be a bitter pill, and The Voyager shows that quite well. The sound, too: it’s familiar and timeless indie pop, jangly with a hint of 70s growl here and there. Yeah, not out of place in a Rilo Kiley collection, but there’s something indescribable here – something that yells “Jenny Lewis solo record”. [NB] | 4/5

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