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  • Summary: The latest solo album for the Rilo Kiley singer features guests such as Elvis Costello and Chris Robinson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Various guests--including Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and the singer’s own sister and father--are fun, but Lewis clearly remains the star, rising.
  2. More lively and consistent than 2006's "Rabbit Fur Coat," Lewis's second solo disc builds like a whisky buzz. [Nov 2008, p.155]
  3. There’s quite a supporting cast on Jenny Lewis’s second LP. Elvis Costello makes an appearance, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Rice and M Ward all pop by.
  4. Acid Tongue is fuller and has more of a ragged, live-band feel than any of Lewis’ previous work.
  5. It's not the most instantly winning of albums, but its rewards become evident after repeated listens, its subtleties revealing themselves like an unfolding paper fan.
  6. The problem then is one of staying power--Lewis does such a good job of nailing choice sounds and styles from pop's past that you can't help getting reeled in right away; only upon later reflection do you realize that much of her success lies in evoking something else great rather than achieving a greatness more uniquely her own.
  7. Simple piano/bass head-bob 'Sing a Song' closes, reaffirming that Jenny Lewis' tongue lashings can't be matched for cheap thrills.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. ToddG.
    Sep 29, 2008
    10
    Amazing cd. The more you listen to it the better it gets.
  2. RobertB.
    Oct 6, 2008
    9
    Wow! This is one of those albums that you just want to turn off the lights and let the artist's voice flow over you.
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    9
    Jenny Lewis has one of the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. That alone makes me praise this album. But even apart from her amazing voice,Jenny Lewis has one of the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. That alone makes me praise this album. But even apart from her amazing voice, the songs are really great. "Acid Tongue" is the standout song on this album. "Godspeed" is another great song. The production is smooth and crystal clear. The lyrics are really pretty and then there's Jenny Lewis. What's not to love about her. All In All, Acid Tongue is a wonderful solo album by the amazing Jenny Lewis. A- Expand
  4. DarkMule
    Dec 12, 2008
    8
    Some of the songs on this record are really amazing. I love Acid Tongue (the song), it caught me by surprise.
  5. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    In this marvellous album we can see all the different sides of Jenny Lewis: the country one in "San Fernando", the sorrowful one in "Trying MyIn this marvellous album we can see all the different sides of Jenny Lewis: the country one in "San Fernando", the sorrowful one in "Trying My Best To Love You", the fun one in "Carpetbagger" (a song with a contribution from Elvis Costello), and also the nostalgic one in "Acid Tongue". But in all the songs we can hear two things: she has grown, (but that doesn't mean she isn't lovely anymore, on the contrary, you'll fall in love with her again and again while listening to this album), and the other thing is that in all the tracks there's a Californian atmosphere that gives the album an homogeneous sound Expand
  6. Allan
    Sep 26, 2008
    7
    More like 6.5-7.. She doesn't reach her full potential on this album, and Rabbit Fur Coat is certainly the superior album. I'll More like 6.5-7.. She doesn't reach her full potential on this album, and Rabbit Fur Coat is certainly the superior album. I'll always buy and listen to anything Jenny ever does though. Best track is Godspeed. Expand
  7. KristinY
    Mar 31, 2009
    3
    I find most tracks on this album unlistenable. It's a severely disappointing follow-up to Rabbit Fur Coat. I'm not sure who she;s I find most tracks on this album unlistenable. It's a severely disappointing follow-up to Rabbit Fur Coat. I'm not sure who she;s trying to be, but Jenny's voice isn't built for those high notes. Acid Tongue and Sing a Song are the only tracks on this album I find myself listening to intentionally. Expand

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