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Album Review
Acid Tongue

Acid Tongue
by Jenny Lewis

Rating

Review Date
12th January 2009
Reviewed by
Undertheradar

Like most alternative country singers Jenny Lewis sings with purpose, broaching such topics as relationship failures, heartbreak, murder, alcoholism and drug recovery.

Also, like many modern releases in this genre, ‘Acid Tongue’ contains some outstanding songwriting, vocal performance and musicianship. Garnished by slide guitars, pianos and Nashville sounding reverbs this album delivers the aural textures required to be fully convincing and true to its lyrical content.

Touches of epicness are present in the 9 minute ‘The Next Messiah’ with its multiple tempo changes and alternating vocalists. If the album’s first song leaves the impression that Lewis’ voice is a bit on the airy side ‘The Next Messiah’ dispels that thought decisively as she lets rip with the power and cojones of a fully fledged country-blues singer.

This album also demonstrates her prowess at delicate ballads with the beautiful ‘Pretty Bird’ and a little gem of a song - ‘Godspeed’. Many guests appear on this album including the distinctive voice of Elvis Costello and quirky guitar sound of M. Ward who’s appearances add extra colour to an already colourful and profound album. This is a departure into Americana roots for a singer best known as co-front person of indie rock staples Rilo Kiley, and a very likeable departure it is.

Dylan Storey






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