The Voyager - Jenny Lewis
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  • Summary: The first solo release for the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman in six years was produced by Ryan Adams and Mike Viola.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jul 29, 2014
    90
    In her tuneful insistence that every unhappy couple is unhappy in its own way, Lewis remains one of our foremost chroniclers of heartache and its discontents.
  2. Jul 18, 2014
    85
    Most of these 10 songs in 40 minutes are lovely, peaking on one of her sexiest tunes, crunchy wedding toast "Love U 4ever." [No. 111, p.51]
  3. Aug 6, 2014
    80
    Whether acknowledging unfaithfulness, fretting over her advancing years or giddily professing undying love, Lewis creates songs and characters as compelling as they come. A couple of duds and some overzealous production aside, that is still very much the case on The Voyager.
  4. Aug 4, 2014
    78
    As easy as it goes down, The Voyager is a record that rewards repeated listens.
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    75
    Nothing feels particularly overdone, and the album plays smoothly enough to qualify as background music for a sand bar.
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    70
    Sadly, the album can't maintain that pace, and sags near the end.... Still, the redemptive rest of the album--especially the gorgeous closing title track--make The Voyager a welcome return for Lewis.
  7. Jul 17, 2014
    40
    While her straightforward songwriting certainly comes across as honest, it can feel a little hokey.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Jul 29, 2014
    10
    This album should whet the palate for those holding out hope for new Rilo Kiley material. Much more than her other two solo outings, TheThis album should whet the palate for those holding out hope for new Rilo Kiley material. Much more than her other two solo outings, The Voyager is able to evoke the West Coast dream-pop of Lewis's former band. That's certainly not a bad thing either. Expand