Jenny Lewis’ first solo effort for the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman in six years had Ryan Adams and Mike Viola all over it. Producing and stuff. Check out our round up of the best reviews.
“Too many songs here feel slackly constructed, and the overall musical mood only rarely connects with its lyrical content, leaving The Voyager as a moderately successful testimonial effort.” – Slant Magazine
“The vibe is unabashedly ’70s California — the confessional songs and country-tinged melodies of the Laurel Canyon era merged with Fleetwood Mac’s gleaming but tortured pop-rock. Lewis’ pristine, at times deceptively childlike voice channels a series of life-shaking events. “Head Underwater” chronicles a breakdown in a bouncy tune supported by wordless backing vocals. There’s a hint of hope as the song winds down, but at a steep price. “She’s Not Me” is equally transparent about a breakup: “Remember the night I destroyed it all/ When I told you I cheated/ And you punched through the drywall.”” – Chicago Tribune
““Head Underwater”, too, falls into that same category, sunny harmonies and laid-back percussion present and correct, but that’s about as far as Lewis heads in one particular direction; thereafter, she shape-shifts constantly. “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em” is an exercise in Wild West drama – the lyrics foreboding, the guitars consistently ominous – whereas “The New You”, on the other hand, is a gentler affair on all fronts, although Lewis still manages to rhyme Kill ‘Em All with Headbangers Ball. Purely in terms of storytelling – always one of Lewis’ strongest suits – “Aloha and the Three Johns” is the standout, describing, as she put it, “a failed trip to paradise” in typically acerbic fashion. Lead single “Just One of the Guys”, meanwhile – recently the subject of an A-lister-studded video – also has Lewis on classic lyrical form, as she wrestles with the never-more-deafening ticking of her biological clock.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Yet for all its merits–her voice is utterly pure, and the altpop textures luscious–The Voyager lacks unity.” – The Guardian
“On The Voyager, Lewis’ characters live for today without ever thinking that the world might pass them by, and having her music flow so smooth and easy, she illustrates how easy it is to get sucked into that alluring stasis.” – All Music Guide