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"When it finally hit me - I did not cry..."
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2014
"The Voyager" by Jenny Lewis is her best album yet. Every track is brilliantly crafted. No filler here. This album chronicles some personal struggles Jenny was dealing with at the time, like the death of her estranged father and her persistent bouts with insomnia. "Head Underwater" is my favorite track. The song is about depression and ultimately finding your way out of that dark hole. "She's Not Me" and "Slippery Slopes" are about infidelity. "You Can't Outrun 'Em" and the title track are Jenny's moving tributes to her late dad who passed away from colon cancer. "Late Bloomer" and "The New You" are gorgeous songs about rediscovering yourself and reconnecting with the outside world. "Just One of The Guys" is about Jenny's hopeful wish to be a mother someday, and on "Love U Forever", Jenny tries to manipulate her long-time boyfriend into popping the question. "Aloha & The Three Johns" is about a tropical vacation gone awry, but Jenny's "sweet as molasses" vocals make the song not so dreary. "The Voyager" makes me happy even though a lot of the tracks have dark subject matter. Jenny is a very charismatic and multi-talented musician. You can hear and feel the emotion in her voice and there isn't one awkward note on this amazing album. There's hook after hook and she uses real instruments, no "flip a switch" kind of music here folks - just the good stuff. Everyone should own this record because it's got a nice balance of crisp, sunny melodies and brutally frank songwriting. "The Voyager" is one of my favorite albums of 2014. I don't think it's possible for Jenny to make a bad album, she's THAT good! Enjoy.