Monday, September 6, 2010

Jenny and Johnny - "I'm Having Fun Now" 8.1 out of 10

Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and her boyfriend Jonathan Rice collaborate here with great hooks, sunshine harmonies, and all-around great song writing. I think Jenny Lewis is truly one of the best songwriters out there - maybe top 5? The first few songs here are interesting, but not quite transcendent, but the rocket takes off on songs 6-8 - "Animal," "Just Like Zeus," and New York Cartoon." Those 3 will definitely be making my year-end "best of" songs. The cd closes with a big rocker "Committed" - and I truly wish they'd have made this the opener instead. I've been anxiously awaiting Rilo Kiley's next one, but if she decided to leave Rilo, I do believe her partnership with Rice could produce some great cd's over the next years.

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