Roe’s Best Albums of 2014: #10 – The Voyager by Jenny Lewis

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December 16, 2014 by Roe

Artist: Jenny Lewis

Album: The Voyager

Produced by: Ryan Adams

Released: July 29, 2014

Jenny_Lewis_The_VoyagerMy love of this album is in no way connected to the 100% ownership of my heart to Star Trek Voyager although, maybe subliminally/subconsciously, there is a connection there.

I actually didn’t fully listen to this album until last week, but the songwriting, production, melodies, and words really grabbed me and upon revisiting it, I couldn’t have peace of mind if I didn’t include it on my yearly list.

I’m not or have ever been a huge Jenny Lewis fan, but this album made my ears perk up a bit. I suppose we can credit songwriting whiz and producer of this album, Ryan Adams on this feat. The guitars on this are just so crisp, clear, and smooth in ways I’ve never heard conveyed through Jenny’s previous releases. Many of the instrumental orchestrations, harmonies, and songwriting style reminds me of Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac a bit – two of my all-time favs.

Overall, the lyrics seem to convey a sense of trying to make a dysfunctional relationship work where both individuals are really doing a terrible job at it. To add, there’s a nomadic quality to all the songs, perhaps conjuring days of yore, of past travelers dancing down a dusty road to the beat of the ever-steady rhythm of their internal drum. This is driving music at its finest. Pop this in and speed down the highway and you’re home.

I still have a lot of discovering to do with this album, but I’ve listed my favorite tracks below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Have something to add? Drop it in the comments below!

Stay tuned for #9_

-Roe

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