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Jenny Lewis/The Watson Twins: Jenny Lewis (vocals); Chandra Watson, Leigh Watson (vocals).
Additional personnel: Greg Kurstin, M. Ward, Mickey Madden, Ben Gibbard, James Valentine , Jason Boesel, Conor Oberst, Rachel Blumberg.
Audio Mixer: Mike Mogis.
Recording information: Jackpot!, Portland, Jamaica; Rotund Rascal, San Fernando Valley.
Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis made a name for herself with the indie-rock outfit Rilo Kiley, and her solo debut, RABBIT FUR COAT, continues in the footsteps of that group's arty, country-influenced Americana. Yet RABBIT FUR COAT is more stripped-down, moody, and roots-conscious than any Rilo Kiley release with its mixture of blues, gospel, and country.
Each of these genres is folded beautifully together, with notable assistance from Southern-bred singers Chandra and Lee Watson (who provide lush back-up harmonies throughout), and guest indie luminaries M. Ward (a roots connoisseur in his own right), Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. (All four come together for an enjoyable reading of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle Me With Care.") Compelling, confessional songwriting and Lewis's vulnerable, lilting voice are the glue that holds the eclectic mix together, making for a truly winning debut.