Thursday 14 December 2017

Music: I'm Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny ****

(Warner Bros)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Real-life couple Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley fame) and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice have made a charming album that melds West Coast harmonies with flinty, barbed words.

The pair's pop sensibilities are especially evident on the insidiously catchy Big Wave, in which Lewis's effervescent vocals and Rice's jaunty guitar play catch-up.

Listen to the lyrics, though, and the song has a contemporary feel, dealing as it does with the human cost of economic meltdown.

Sex courses through the album, too, whether it's the endorsement of carnal fun with strangers (Straight Edge of the Blade) or, troublingly, the spectre of intercourse with a sibling (New Yorker Cartoon).

Jenny and Johnny are having fun, indeed.

Burn it: Big Wave; Straight Edge of the Blade

Irish Independent

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