The Voyager (Warner Bros.)
The main singer in Rilo Kiley, a band that emerged in early 2000s as part of the whole indie/emo craze, singer Jenny Lewis has held down a solo career for the past decade. With the now defunct Rilo Kiley, her bandmates kept her purely pop tendencies in check. On her own, she doesn't show the same restraint and often evokes the disposable dreck you hear on commercial radio these days (think Katy Perry or Taylor Swift). Songs such as "Head Water" and "She's Not Me" resemble the middle-of-the-road pop music that was so popular in the '70s. While there's a bit of a soul feel to the songs, they ultimately have a blandness to them despite Lewis' pretty vocals. The snappy "Just One of the Guys," a tune that features snarky lyrics about trying to fit in, fares better as does "Slippery Slopes," a track that sounds more like Throwing Muses than Katy Perry. But because it's so inconsistent, the album's not likely to make Lewis into the mainstream star she deserves to be. — Niesel
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