Every year we talk about doing a “Favorite Songs” list, but we never do because it always ends up being so huge and unwieldy (we like a lot of music, alright?!). But this year we decided to just break down and do it, only here’s the catch: these are our Favorite Songs that DIDN’T appear on any of our Favorite Albums. So no matter how amazing “Cold War” or “Ambling Alp” or “We Used To Wait” might be, they won’t be on this list. Instead this gives us a chance to highlight a bunch of other fantastic artists who rocked our cubicle this year!
They’re in alphabetical order, and without any blurbs, so all you have to do is listen! Enjoy!
When I first heard about the boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, I have to admit that I rolled my eyes a little bit. I mean, I love Jenny Lewis, I do. And although I didn’t love Acid Tongue that much, she really hasn’t given me much reason to roll my eyes in the past. But I didn’t pause to consider that before the aforementioned eye roll – all I thought about was how many of these guy/girl troupes there are and how I really like some of them, but how I really don’t like some of them too. So before I knew it, my eyes rolled a little bit.
But my eye roll was not appropriate! Because the first two songs to surface off Jenny & Johnny’s debut LP, I’m Having Fun Now, are really good! The first, “Scissor Runner” is a straight-up throwback to mid-90’s power pop, which means that it’s fuzzy, catchy, and all-around pretty great. But it’s “Big Wave” that’s really appealing – it’s a little darker than “Scissor Runner”, both sonically and thematically, and it’s exactly the kind of song that Lewis shines on. Her layered vocals croon over the ebbing guitar on the choruses, and immediately reminded me of how much I’ve wanted to hear her voice in a non-folk setting again. I think I’m officially excited for this. And I think I officially retract my eye roll.