Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
M. Ward said of Acid Tongue, “it is the greatest record Jenny has ever made,” and I would have to agree with him. What’s great about this album is how spontaneous it sounds. It’s as if Lewis wrote these songs then got a bunch of her friends together and they just started jamming. The result is a fun countryesque rock album fronted by Lewis’ brilliant voice. Songs like “Carpet Bagger” featuring Elvis Costello, the epic “The Next Messiah” and “Jack Killed Mom” really exemplify Acid Tongue’s sound. Although, there are a few softer prettier moments on the album as well, including the title track, “Godspeed” and “Sing a Song for Them.” Another aspect to Acid Tongue I appreciate is the tone of the guitars and how the vocals sound at certain moments, which speaks to the fact that much of the album was recorded live. And if Lewis was going for a live feel, she certainly pulled it off.