Acid Tongue Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, once merely a tart-tongued indie-rock pixie with surprisingly powerful pipes, has evolved into a sort of modern-day torch singer —… Acid Tongue Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, once merely a tart-tongued indie-rock pixie with surprisingly powerful pipes, has evolved into a sort of modern-day torch singer —… 2008-09-23 Jenny Lewis Rock
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Acid Tongue (2008)

Jenny Lewis | IMPECCABLE TASTE Jenny Lewis shines on the Acid Tongue with tracks that are soulful, sweet, and even a little salty
IMPECCABLE TASTE Jenny Lewis shines on the Acid Tongue with tracks that are soulful, sweet, and even a little salty
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2008; Lead Performance: Jenny Lewis; Genre: Rock

Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, once merely a tart-tongued indie-rock pixie with surprisingly powerful pipes, has evolved into a sort of modern-day torch singer — a hip-swaying, soul-tugging chanteuse with a country-gospel heart. Acid Tongue, the follow-up to her folk-leaning 2006 solo debut, is girl-group bittersweet one moment (''Black Sand''), and roadhouse rowdy the next (''See Fernando''). ''Pretty Bird'' recalls Linda Ronstadt circa '75, while ''Jack Killed Mom'' may be the best thing the White Stripes never wrote. Various guests — including Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and the singer’s own sister and father — are fun, but Lewis clearly remains the star, rising. A–
Download This: Listen to tracks from Acid Tongue on the musician's MySpace page

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints