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Jenny Lewis Plans New Solo Album with Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, Elvis Costello

Jenny Lewis Goes Solo Again, Joined by Fabulous Friends


Here's some news to make you go "squee": Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis has started recording her second solo album. While there's no word on whether the Watson Twins will be back for another round with Lewis, many wonderful friends have already signed on, including Jonathan Rice, Elvis Costello, and — wait for it — M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. See? Squee!

Lewis' charming solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, was one of my top 20 albums of 2006, and I've been wondering since then how her next non-Rilo album might sound. As much as I liked Rabbit Fur Coat, I was even more enamored with several of the songs Lewis and her backing band performed together after the album's release, including the jubilant "Fernando" and the haunting "Acid Tongue." In fact, instead of listening to Rabbit Fur Coat itself, I often find myself playing this live recording, which has my favorites from Rabbit Fur Coat plus many of the newer tracks.

So, I'm curious to see if Lewis has continued in that post-Rabbit Fur direction, or if she'll come out with something entirely new. A source told Entertainment Weekly that "It all sounds super natural, nice, and simple. Like it doesn't belong in any decade. It's just timeless." Sounds promising. What are your hopes for Lewis' next solo outing?

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rosey rosey 8 years
I listen to that NPR show more often than the album too. I'm stoked about new Jenny though! Loves it.
freshpink freshpink 8 years
Cool, I like Jenny Lewis so much better on the solo tip than the Rilo Kiley one! Add Zooey and friends, even more awesome!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I'm psyched, she is awesome. :)
Cadet Cadet 8 years
YES! I've been hankering for new Jenny for far too long.
HustleRose HustleRose 8 years
Squee Indeed! I adore Miss Jenny and I can't wait to hear this.
mallomar mallomar 8 years
very exciting news indeed!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
seriously? yay! yay! yay! i just re-watched "troop beverly hills" yesterday and now this news...woo hoo!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
"Fernando" is such an awesome song, I loved it when I saw her perform in the fall of 2006.
caryatid caryatid 8 years
Hooray!!! I like the 'like it doesn't belong in any decade' promise, since the last RK album made me feel like I was at a disco half the time. In a good way? Either way, I love Jenny.
acrobatica acrobatica 8 years
Oh my goodness! I'm so excited for this! I love Jenny Lewis and I adore M. Ward...It's going to be a great album!
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
Jenny and Zooey?! *auch* (dies of happiness)
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