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Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Lewis (born January 8, 1976) is an American indie pop/rock/folk musician. She began her career in the 1980s and early 1990s as a child actress (appearing most famously in The Wizard and Troop Beverly Hills); however, she really came to do what she does best when she began her music career as the lead singer of the lo-fi indie rock band Rilo Kiley. A standout of the band, she eventually started a solo career, coinciding with the gradual amicable breakup of Rilo Kiley.

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Albums (other than as part of Rilo Kiley):

  • Rabbit Fur Coat (2006) (with the Watson Twins)
  • Acid Tongue (2008)
  • The Voyager (2014)
  • On the Line (2019)

Tropes in Jenny Lewis' work:

  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Nancy in "Late Bloomer" had eyes "changing like mood stones."
  • Murder Ballad: "Jack Killed Mom" is more or less what it says it is, although Jack didn't mean to kill Mom... (Maybe "manslaughter ballad" would be more accurate.)
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Lamented in "Just One of the Guys":
    There's only one difference between you and me
    When I look at myself, all I can see:
    I'm just another lady without a baby
  • Pretty in Mink: The titular rabbit fur coat of "Rabbit Fur Coat"
  • One of the Boys: "Just One of the Guys" is rather a subversion, or at least a discussion: it's about how women really can't be "just one of the guys."
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