Making yet another move away from her role in Rilo Kiley, solo album number two from the Californian chanteuse finds Lewis once again exploring her alt-country roots.
Acid Tongue features an impressive cast of players including Jonathan Rice, M. Ward, Elvis Costello (who appears on a duet called ‘Carpetbaggers’, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Benji Hughes, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him & Vanessa Corbala (of Whispertown2000) on backing vocals, Paz Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle / The Entrance Band and her sister Ana who provided strings, Davey Faragher (of The Imposters) on bass, as well as Laurel Canyon’s own Jonathan Wilson on guitar, and even members of Jenny’s own family. Her sister Leslie Lewis provided backing vocals on two songs while her father, harmonica virtuoso Eddie Gordon makes a star turn on rumbling bass harp. Whew!
Thankfully, judging by the title track the potential problem of “too many cooks” has been avoided; the song is imbued with a live studio feeling, potent and powerful backing vocals and a sense of the confessional. Lovely stuff.