Art School, Glasgow
30 August, 2014
The amazing Jenny Lewis makes a triumphant return to our shores, with a fantastic new album and a brilliant live show. We’re filled with awe and adoration as she thrills a packed crowd in Glasgow.
With new solo album, The Voyager, receiving critical acclaim, Jenny Lewis is back and better than ever. But first up tonight is the small matter of Alessi’s Ark, the soft-spoken Alessi who plays the sweetest, heartfelt songs. We’re completely mesmerised by her set and her deep lyrics and beautiful, acoustic guitar silence this packed crowd.
Whilst Alessi’s set is short it is perfectly formed as we wait with baited breath for this evening’s headliner.
Fortunately, we’re not made to wait long as Jenny Lewis takes to the stage opening up with the Rilo Kiley number Silver Lining. The crowd reaction is unbelievable with every word sung back from the off, the air of enjoyment and excitement is only increased as Just One Of The Guys rings out across the venue.
Tracks from The Voyager sound brilliant and deserving of the critical acclaim the album’s received and, whilst they sound inviting, some possess a real dark undertone. Slippery Slopes could easily be misconstrued as a happy go lucky song, but it’s been noted how this album has helped Jenny get over the break-up of Rilo Kiley and the death of her father. Despite this, the crowd embrace her and treat her as the legend that she is, and The Moneymaker goes down a storm as Jenny gets her groove on.
Rise Up The Fists!, from Rabbit Fur Coat, is the perfect accompaniment to the newer tracks, as it’s such a beautiful Americana track. It shows one of Jenny’s many facets as she flits from genre to genre with ease whilst producing a captivating performance.
Before she plays Aloha, there’s a brilliant story to accompany it, which she takes the time to tell in full detail. As she does there’s a silence throughout the room that demonstrates the respect this Saturday night crowd in Glasgow has for her.
The quietness is short lived as Jenny exits the stage and the crowd stamp and holler until she returns, playing the beautiful Acid Tongue. This is followed by a phenomenal acoustic version of She’s Not Me, on which her band doubles up as her choir.
Quite honestly, this evening has left us dumbfounded as Jenny Lewis demonstrates how she deserves her cult icon status. An amazing new album and a brilliant live show leave us swooning as I’m sure we will be for a long time to come yet.
All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee by visiting his Louder Than War Author’s Archive here.