Rabbit Fur Coat

Rabbit Fur Coat

by The Watson Twins
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Rabbit Fur Coat

On Rilo Kiley's 2004 breakthrough album, More Adventurous, Jenny Lewis proved herself a startlingly good singer, an indie-rocker who didn't shy away from belting out a soulful showstopper like "I Never." And Rabbit Fur Coat confirms her talent. For her first solo album, Lewis drafts the Watson Twins, Chandra and Leigh, to provide old-fashioned country harmonies and crafts an acoustic, rootsy sound that eschews the new wave electrics of her main band. She cites Laura Nyro and LaBelle's Gonna Take a Miracle and Bob Dylan's New Morning as models; other apt parallels would be Dusty in Memphis (check the intimate ballad "Melt Your Heart") and Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. (Bright Eyes mainstay Mike Mogus produced much of Rabbit Fur Coat.) Lewis's songwriting is as impressive as ever: the semi-autobiographical title track alludes to her youth as a child actor and family breadwinner, and the twangy "The Charging Sky" moves through a variety of points of view and references ("It's just you and God / but what if God's not there / But his name is on your dollar bill / which just became cab fare," goes one typically associative sequence). Lewis is well connected: She's helped out by M. Ward (who produced several tracks); by some of her Rilo Kiley bandmates; by members of Maroon 5 and the Decemberists; and, on a humorous cover of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle with Care," by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Postal Service cohort Ben Gibbard (also of Death Cab for Cutie). But it's Lewis's smart songwriting and her aching, intimate vocals throughout Rabbit Fur Coat that will melt your heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Team Love Records
UPC: 0898348000826
catalogNumber: 8

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Watson Twins   Primary Artist
Larry Crane   Track Performer
Greg Kurstin   Track Performer
James Valentine   Track Performer
Mike Mogis   Track Performer
Ben Gibbard   Track Performer
Mickey Madden   Track Performer
Jason Boesel   Track Performer
Jenny Lewis   Vocals
Conor Oberst   Track Performer
Leigh Watson   Vocals,Track Performer
Chandra Watson   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnathan Rice   Track Performer
Mike Bloom   Track Performer
Rachel Bloomberg   Track Performer
Michael Runion   Track Performer
Matt Ward   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Traveling Wilburys   Composer
Larry Crane   Engineer
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Jenny Lewis   Composer,Producer
Matt Ward   Producer

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This is an incredible album. I agree with the comment left before mine, there isn't a single track worth skipping. Each is beautiful. Great album, check it out! A little more folky than Acid Tongue.
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Nothing has "tickled my fancy" this much since Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope album. Every single track on this album is wonderful ... Born Secular and You Are What You Love are my favs. The CD is mixed somewhere between indie, folk, & country styling. Overall, this is an excellent CD and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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