CD I'm Having Fun Now [Digipak] (CD 6971576),
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I'm Having Fun Now [Digipak]

  • 1. Scissor Runner
    2. My Pet Snakes
    3. Switchblade
    4. Big Wave
    5. While Men Are Dreaming
    6. Animal
    7. Just Like Zeus
    8. New Yorker Cartoon
    9. Straight Edge of the Blade
    10. Slavedriver
    11. Committed
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25076

  • Credits
    ProducerJenny and Johnny
    EngineerMike Mogis; Pierre De Reeder

    Audio Mixer: Mike Mogis.
    Recording information: ARC, Omaha, NE; Bright Street Recorders, North Hollywood, CA.
    Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
    Certainly, the title I'm Having Fun Now is a good indication of what the first album by LA lovebirds Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice is all about. Lewis may be regarded as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation but her ambitions are kept in check here: all she wants to do is have some fun and maybe get some people to pay attention to her longtime boyfriend who has had several attempts at the brass ring - most notably the major-label 2007 Further North, which did get him some play on the OC - but has never managed to grab it. Johnny may be overshadowed by Jenny but that's because she has a professional's knack for grabbing the spotlight even as she's seeming to step away from it. Whenever she's out front, I'm Having Fun Now kicks into gear, its unassuming country-rockers given gas by her natural ease. I'm Having Fun Now is an unforced good time that's of piece with Acid Tongue, carved from its same country-rock, but it's not weighed down by rustic mythology; it substitutes roots for pop flair. Its casualness sometimes surfaces in its tossed-off jokes or sing-song melodies, but that only underscores that Jenny & Johnny are having a good time - and it's a good time that's easy to share. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone - "[T]he record is a model of musical egalitarianism. J&J's vocals blend beautifully throughout -- sweet harmony that makes discord go down easy."
    Spin - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "I'M HAVING FUN NOW is all whimsical, tongue-in-cheek cutesiness, but with songs this sugary, it'd be churlish to complain."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Brought together by a shared love of crisp boy-girl harmonies and ultra-hummable, '60s-inspired melodies, they sound Cracker Jack sweet..." -- Grade: B+
    Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he two do indeed sound like they're having fun....I'M HAVING FUN NOW is a good time for your ears..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "I'M HAVING FUN NOW is a musical meeting of minds, sure, but more significantly it's continuing evidence of Lewis' rapid artistic evolution."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It doesn't take long to absorb the sherbet rush of this punky confection....Lewis, particularly, seems to revel in the freedom afforded by performing in a combo with no reputation to burn."
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