Jenny Lewis

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    JENNY LEWIS
    On The Line
    (Warner Bros.)

    On the Line, Jenny Lewis’ fourth solo album, features help from an arsenal of pro friends including Ringo Starr and former Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench. Since her first solo release in 2006, Lewis (formerly of the ’00s band Rilo Kiley) has progressed easily from indie-folk to country to alt-pop, now stepping confidently into the realm of classic rock. “Red Bull & Hennessey” is a top-down anthem that evokes the Heartbreakers backing a Stevie Nicks hit, hinting that this may be Lewis’ Bella Donna moment, while the nostalgic, piano-lead “Hollywood Lawn” points toward early-’70s Laurel Canyon. Elsewhere, smears of synth and organ, like on the ghostly “Do-Si-Do,” feel more modern, as does “Little White Dove,” an idiosyncratic groove with the most Beck fingerprints on it.

    While songs like opener “Heads Gonna Roll” occasionally sound lyrically clumsy, On the Line largely emphasizes what Lewis does best: spin melodies with just-detailed-enough lyrics that roll around in your mind for days to come. The title track asks a lover to reconsider an affair (“He left me for a super-fan called Caroline”); “Wasted Youth” features a terribly catchy chorus for an equally terrible subject (“I wasted my youth on a poppy/Doo doo doo doo doo, just for fun”). On the Line’s sound is the biggest Lewis has ever created, but her unmistakable voice and knack for good storytelling keep it very much her own. 4/5

    On The Line is out March 22, 2019

    By Emily Nokes

    This piece originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    Our female-fronted pop culture picks for the week are here! Ring in Aries season with the last season of Jane the Virgin, new tunes by Jenny Lewis, and so much more.

    MOVIES/TV

    Jane the Virgin

    Jane is back for a fifth and final season! Between this and the show’s upcoming spinoff, the CW is definitely giving us all the soapy television we’ve been craving (or is it just me?). The show returns March 27, but if you need something to tide you over, check out our 2017 cover story with star Gina Rodriguez.

    Us

    Jordan Peele’s latest psychological thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple headed for a family vacation when they’re confronted by a group of evil doppelgängers—we’re intrigued (and kind of terrified). Out Friday, March 22.

    MUSIC 

    On the Line by Jenny Lewis

    Jenny Lewis’ fourth solo album is here! According to our music editor, Emily Nokes, “On the Line largely emphasizes what Lewis does best: spin melodies with just-detailed-enough lyrics that roll around in your mind for days to come.” Stay tuned for our review on BUST.com. Out March 22.

    It’s Real by Ex Hex

     

    D.C. trio Ex Hex returns with an energetic second album that’s “big and raucous, but carefully crafted,” writes our reviewer. Review to come on BUST.com, and album out March 22.

    Miss Universe by Nilüfer Yanya

    23-year-old Nilüfer Yanya has been one to watch with various genre-bending EPs and singles—but her debut album, Miss Universe, firmly solidifies her as the next big thing. Album out March 22.

    BOOKS

    Sing to It: New Stories by Amy Hempel

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    Award-winning short story writer Amy Hempel returns with her first collection in over a decade. This buzzed-about book includes 15 stories of loneliness, heartache, and the search for connection. Out March 26. 

    Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

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    Jacob’s graphic memoir recounts conversations the writer has with her young half-Jewish, half-Indian son—about identity, racism, and love. Out March 26.

    The Other Americans: A Novelby Laila Lalami 

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    Lalami’s latest novel, about a collection of characters who find their lives intertwined after the murder of a Moroccan immigrant in California, is both a mystery and a saga of family, love, and culture. Out March 26.

    White Elephant: A Novel by Julie Langsdorf

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    Julie Langsdorf’s suburban dramedy features an ensemble cast of neighbors clashing, hating, and falling in love with each other. Out March 26.

    Top photo via The CW / Jane the Virgin

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