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On The Line

Jenny Lewis

On The Line

Fourth solo album of indie rock from the former Rilo Kiley singer-songwriter, featuring contributions from Beck, Ringo Starr, and Ryan Adams

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Up there with her greatest work to date, packed with searing lyrics and solid-gold melodies
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  2. 10.0 |   The FT

    A bit of a masterpiece
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Lewis wraps divulgences of drugs, family, loss, and longing in lush '70s rock and vintage singer-songwriter vulnerability
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  4. 9.0 |   DIY

    A stately and unhurried affair that methodically untangles heartbreak with sharp storytelling and her trademark rapier wit
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  5. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Lewis winds her own tapestry here around a difficult time of her life, with the sweetest voice on offer right now in the Valley, the Canyon and anywhere else in L.A., every word clear and utterly convincing
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  6. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Stacked with radio-friendly earworms aplenty, this is no empty-calories pop. It's filled with inescapable themes—spirituality, life after death, addiction, loss—you can sink your teeth into, commiserate, and then sing along; hopefully through Meryl Streep-type tears
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Preserves the irreverence and honesty of her past work, but underscores that Lewis is finding a new, deeper musical path drawing from—but not beholden to—grief and rebirth
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  8. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Her best solo work to date, finds her trading chaos for peace and pain for parties. And West Coast rock combined with piano glam and Lewis’ lyrics makes for a most celebratory listen, indeed
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  9. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    This could be Jenny Lewis at her best—at the very least, it’s the freshest she and many of her backers have sounded in years. Standout tracks for me were “Red Bull & Hennesy”, “Hollywood Lawn”, and “Little White Dove”
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Gripping, subversive, bittersweet
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Throughout, Lewis shows immense strength in the face of adversity and even in her darkest songs, hope can always be found. It is her most assured album to date
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    While On The Line is an album full of bleak subject matter, there’s an uplifting, even cathartic feel to much of it. It’s the sound of someone coming out of the darkness, and starting to see the light shining through
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  13. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    With side-eye descriptions of “convertible red Porsches” and private jets as symbols of a hollow love high on its own supply, the rot at its heart is gorgeous and seductive
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  14. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Former child star has been through a lot since her debut album, but ‘On the Line’ is anything but maudlin
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  15. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Yet another beautifully-realised and impeccably-delivered effort from a songwriter who revels and beguiles us from floorboards and pavements that few other songwriters would dream to tread
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    Lewis has never sounded on stronger form. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    These songs have a sharp, glittery edge, like a neat tequila slammer. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Occasionally tough to engage with, but virtually every track here is a durable pop-rock jewel
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  19. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Features some of her strongest songwriting, sung gorgeously and told with biting detail
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  20. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Songs rooted in her home turf
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  21. 7.7 |   Earbuddy

    Embraces sexuality and maybe Lewis’s freedom as a single woman for the first time in a long time
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  22. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Arena-sized rock with pristine polish meets the murky waters of life's complexities
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  23. 7.0 |   Uncut

    There are dark undertones--drug references mainly--but Lewis is no moper. Print edition only

  24. 7.0 |   Clash

    A strong addition to a stellar body of work and another welcome showing from one of music’s most consistent and underrated performers
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  25. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's a high-end set of professional players, a supporting cast that lends On the Line the feeling of a low-key Hollywood jam session: everybody is in place, doing their best to make the star shine
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  26. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On The Line may not be her strongest work, no matter how much it aims to be but it proves that Jenny Lewis doesn't need to try too hard to become one of the greats. She's already been one for a while
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  27. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It's the true embodiment of a studio album, and it shows—from the classic FM radio pop-rock of Red Bull and Hennessy to the soulful country-rock of Little White Dove, every instrument is put to use with seamless efficiency
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  28. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    This seasoned veteran sounds like an artist in search of her voice
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