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
Length47:15
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
Jenny Lewis chronology
The Voyager
(2014)
On the Line
(2019)
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
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
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]
Pitchfork8.0/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
Uncut7/10[11]

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]

No.TitleLength
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
6."Dogwood"4:29
7."Party Clown"4:09
8."Little White Dove"4:49
9."Taffy"4:28
10."On the Line"3:49
11."Rabbit Hole"2:46

[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "On the Line by Jenny Lewis". Metacritic. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  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.