On the Line (Jenny Lewis album)

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On the Line
On the Line (Jenny Lewis album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 2019
StudioCapitol Records studio in Los Angeles
GenreIndie rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Jenny Lewis chronology
The Voyager
On the Line
Singles from On the Line
  1. "Red Bull & Hennessy"
    Released: January 23, 2019
  2. "Heads Gonna Roll"
    Released: February 14, 2019
  3. "Wasted Youth"
    Released: March 15, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[4]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[5]
The Independent4/5 stars[6]
NME5/5 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]

On the Line is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis. The album was released on March 22, 2019, by Warner Bros. Records.[12] Recorded at Capitol Records' Studio B, this album has contributions from Beck, Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Don Was, Benmont Tench, Jason Falkner, and Jim Keltner.[13][14]

Ryan Adams' involvement[edit]

A month prior to the album's release, Ryan Adams, who helped produce the record, was accused by several women of sexual misconduct.[15] After the album was released, Lewis told Pitchfork: "The allegations are so serious and shocking and really fucked up, and I was so sad on so many levels when I heard, I hate that he's on this album, but you can't rewrite how things went. We started the record together two years ago, and he worked on it — we were in the studio for five days. Then he pretty much bounced, and I had to finish the album by myself."[16]

Critical reception[edit]

On the Line was met with widespread critical acclaim.[1] The Daily Telegraph called it "a smart, swaggering break-up album from a major talent",[5] while The Independent said Lewis "adds a California sheen to melancholy and nostalgia".[6] Robert Christgau was somewhat less impressed in Vice, giving it a three-star honorable mention. He said Lewis, "the rare 21st-century singer-songwriter whose level of craft renders her good enough for 76-year-old master drummer Jim Keltner", "loses the spring in her step that made her so 21st-century by proving it", naming as highlights the title track, "Rabbit Hole", and "Dogwood".[17]

Track listing[edit]

1."Heads Gonna Roll"5:14
2."Wasted Youth"4:13
3."Red Bull & Hennessy"4:49
4."Hollywood Lawn"4:35
5."Do Si Do"3:54
7."Party Clown"4:09
8."Little White Dove"4:49
10."On the Line"3:49
11."Rabbit Hole"2:46



Chart (2019) Peak
Irish Albums (IRMA)[19] 59
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 27
US Billboard 200[22] 34
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[23] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 4


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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "On the Line – Jenny Lewis". AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Zaleski, Annie (March 20, 2019). "Singing like she never has before, Jenny Lewis puts it all On The Line". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (March 22, 2019). "Jenny Lewis' lush songs tell a chilling story on 'On the Line'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (March 21, 2019). "Jenny Lewis, On the Line, review: a smart, swaggering break-up album from a major talent". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Bray, Elisa (March 21, 2019). "Jenny Lewis, On the Line review: Indie rock star adds a California sheen to melancholy and nostalgia". The Independent. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Hunt, El (March 21, 2019). "Jenny Lewis – 'On The Line' review". NME. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Mapes, Jillian (March 25, 2019). "Jenny Lewis: On the Line". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Barton, Laura (May 2019). "Coming Out on Top". Q (397): 109.
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (March 22, 2019). "Review: Jenny Lewis Tells Some Brilliant LA Stories on 'On The Line'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ McKay, Alastair (April 2019). "Jenny Lewis: On the Line". Uncut (263): 32.
  12. ^ "Jenny Lewis Announces On the Line Album Details, Releases 'Red Bull & Hennessy'". Spin. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jenny Lewis Announces New Album Release Date, Shares Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Young, Alex (January 23, 2019). "Jenny Lewis premieres new single 'Red Bull & Hennessy'". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Coscarelli, Joe; Ryzik, Melena (February 14, 2019). "Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Jenny Lewis Escapes the Void". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (6 April 2019). "Robert Christgau on Stella Donnelly's Musical Encyclopedia of Assholes". Vice. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Jenny Lewis: On the Line". play.google.com. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 29 March 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jenny Lewis Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Jenny Lewis Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jenny Lewis Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.