My 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”.