Acid Tongue

comment
Acid Tongue
Composer: Jenny Lewis
Label: WEA/Reprise
Release Date: 2008-09-24
Rated: NONE
Genre: Indie Rock

It’s all about the casting. When former child star Jenny Lewis plays Lucinda Williams (“See Fernando”), Blue period Joni Mitchell (“Acid Tongue”), or even Stevie Nicks-led Fleetwood Mac (“Black Sand,” “Pretty Bird”), she nails the role, but when she’s cast against type, the results are closer to the output of her actual acting career (Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard).

She aims for Dusty Springfield (“Jack Killed Mom”), Aretha Franklin (“Trying My Best to Love You”), Marvin Gaye (“Bad Man’s World”), and inexplicably hits Jack White, James Blunt, Jessica Rabbit. In other instances (the Amy Grant-like “Godpeed,” the Carpenter-ish “Sing a Song for Them”), she’s aimed so small it doesn’t matter when she’s dead on. And then there’s the multipart, nine-minute “Next Messiah,” a true Jenny Lewis loyalty test that, whatever in god’s name might’ve influenced it, sounds like all the wrong parts of the Beatles’ white album giving Shakedown Street a Cleveland steamer.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.