Whereas Jenny Lewis was once an indie darling girl in bands with guys, such as Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service, and Jenny & Johnny (and before that, a child actress), she has successfully become an alt-country songstress in her own right. She keeps that up with On the Line.
While country, Line often leans more piano-country, a maudlin songstress who’s weary with the world in pieces like “Hollywood Lawn” (Lewis may have gone rural, but she’s still an L.A. native at heart), “Dogwood”, and “Taffy”. But there’s also the long road twang of “Red Bull & Hennessy”, literal wasted country youth sway “Wasted Youth”, and sweet girl left behind on the title track. Lewis’ wry side has long been strong, and comes out well in pieces like “Wasted” and party veteran “Party Clown”.
Keeping in the theme of 2014’s The Voyager (QRO review) – including the album cover being a shot of Lewis’s well-dressed chest (perhaps a remark on being a solo female artist, after all that time as one of the guys) – Jenny Lewis again delivers On the Line.