Rabbit Fur Coat

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Rabbit Fur Coat
Studio album by Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins
Released January 24, 2006
Genre Indie pop, alternative country
Length 37:38
Label Team Love
Jenny Lewis chronology
Rabbit Fur Coat
(2006)
Acid Tongue
(2008)

Rabbit Fur Coat is an album by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, featuring The Watson Twins. It was released in the United States on January 24, 2006 by Team Love. Lewis has described the album as a "sort of soul record". The album contains a cover of the Traveling Wilburys song "Handle With Care", featuring Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie), Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) and M. Ward.

Lewis embarked on her first solo tour to support the album, with Johnathan Rice and either Whispertown 2000 or The Blow opening. She also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in support of the album.

This album is the 8th release of Team Love Records.

Listeners of All Songs Considered, NPR's online music show, voted the album the eighth best of 2006.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (78/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Being There Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A− [4]
Pitchfork (6.1/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [6]
Teentoday.co.uk 4/5 stars[7]
The Village Voice / Robert Christgau A− [8]

The album received mostly favorable reviews and maintains a normalized rating of 78 out of 100 on MetaCritic based on 24 professional reviews.[1]

Actress Anne Hathaway was quoted in People as calling Rabbit Fur Coat "beautiful, funny, and very subversive".[9]

Tracks[edit]

People Magazine noted that album's first track "Run Devil Run," was "old-time gospel" with Chandra and Leigh Watson providing a cappella backing.[10] with other reviews calling the opener track "breathy, gospel-tinged"[11] and a "blast of impassioned close harmony bluegrass-style vocals."[12]

Two singles were released; "Rise Up With Fists!!" and "You Are What You Love".

Track listing[edit]

(all tracks written by Lewis except where noted)

  1. "Run Devil Run" – 1:06
  2. "The Big Guns" – 2:32
  3. "Rise Up with Fists!!" – 3:36
  4. "Happy" – 4:14
  5. "The Charging Sky" – 2:56
  6. "Melt Your Heart" – 2:50
  7. "You Are What You Love" – 2:51
  8. "Rabbit Fur Coat" – 4:32
  9. "Handle with Care" (Bob Dylan/George Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Roy Orbison/Tom Petty) – 2:56
  10. "Born Secular" – 5:07
  11. "It Wasn't Me" – 4:10
  12. "Happy (Reprise)" – 0:48

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America) [13]
Year Chart Position
2006 The Billboard 200 88
2006 Top Independent Albums 6

Personnel[edit]

James Valentine, Jenny Lewis, Chandra Watson, Leigh Watson, Johnathan Rice, Jason Boesel, Mike Mogis, Mickey Madden, Greg Kurstin, Mike Bloom, Matt Ward, Larry Crane, Michael Runion, Benjamin Gibbard, Conor Oberst, David Scher and Rachel Bloomberg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins". metacritic. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Rabbit Fur Coat at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2006.
  3. ^ Being There Magazine review
  4. ^ Endelman, Michael (February 3, 2006). "Rabbit Fur Coat / Sun, Sun, Sun > Music Article Reviews". Entertainment Weekly (861). p. 70. Retrieved 31 October 2007.  Posted on January 27, 2006.
  5. ^ Dahlen, Chris (January 23, 2006). "Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat > Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 May 2007. 
  6. ^ Hiatt, Brian (February 9, 2006). "Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat > Review". Rolling Stone (993). p. 62. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2006.  Posted on February 7, 2006.
  7. ^ Teentoday.co.uk review
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 7, 2006). "Old-Fashioned Amenities". Village Voice. Retrieved 10 November 2011.  Posted on February 21, 2006. Also posted in Christgau, Robert. "Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Celebs Give Their Top Picks of 2006". people.com. Time Inc. December 23, 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  10. ^ People 2006 - Volume 65 - Page 44 "MUSIC Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat ALTCOUNTRY Having been an indie darling as frontwoman of ... The disc kicks off with the old- time gospel "Run Devil Run," with Chandra and Leigh Watson providing a cappella ...
  11. ^ The Absolute Sound 162 -2006 Page 141 "The opener, "Run Devil Run," is a breathy, gospel-tinged number, and the notions of God or the absence of God and love or lost ..."
  12. ^ Hi-fi News - Volume 51 2006 Page 105 " blast of impassioned close harmony bluegrass-style vocals on 'Run Devil Run' it's obvious that Lewis is less worried about ..."
  13. ^ Rabbit Fur Coat - The Watson Twins > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 March 2006.