Music Monday Tuesday: Jenny Lewis

JennylewisrabbitfurcoatMy first exposure to Jenny Lewis was the movie Bolt which featured her song, “Barking at the Moon”, on its soundtrack. It has been on heavy rotation on my mp3 player since then. I recently downloaded her album “Rabbit Fur Coat”. I’ve read in a couple of places that it is supposed to be some kind of concept album where Jenny takes on the role of some kind of country diva along the lines of Loretta Lynne. While that struck me as kind of weird, it didn’t really interfere with my enjoyment of the album.

Overall it has sort of an indie country feel to it. While I generally get annoyed with the attitude associated with that genre, I don’t have a problem with the actual music most of the time. And in this particular case, I enjoy it quite a bit. I imagine that my fondness for the album is due, at least in part, to the fact that she does a cover of The Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle with Care”. But the other tracks also hold their own for the most part even if none of them grabbed me as effectively as “Barking at the Moon”.


  1. What is the “attitude associated with that genre”? I did not know there was one.

  2. The best description of it that I’ve seen is from the Robbie Fulks’ song “Roots Rock Weirdos”, and it goes a little something like this.

    Then they looked ’round at each other, and they cried, “We Are The Best!
    For we like unpopular music, and just look at the way we’re dressed!”

  3. Love this album. I listened to that “Handle with Care” cover about one zillion times. But I like “The Big Guns” the best, I think.

    It’s hard to enjoy alt-country music while disdaining the douches who make up its fanbase. So I call it y’allternative and speak up when I think Neko Case’s latest album is far, far too arty.

  4. “Y’allternative”…Brilliant! I’m going to have to start using that.

    “The Big Guns” is definitely one of the best tracks. I’m also fond of “Born Secular”. And while I like her cover of “Handle with Care”, it’s weird and a little sad to hear it without Harrison and Orbison.

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