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Monday, Feb. 26
The Indiana Daily Student

Everyone is having fun

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“I’m Having Fun Now” is a genius title for the first album by Jonathan Rice and Jenny Lewis because that’s exactly what these sun-soaked songs are — fun.

Rice and Lewis have become one of indie music’s power couples. The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman and Rice, who have been dating since 2005, first teamed up on Lewis’ solo album “Rabbit Fur Coat” and have worked closely together since.

This is the perfect album to listen to the first time you take the top down on your convertible and go for a drive. It’s young, free, happy and filled with possibility, just like those first few days of summer.

The beats are sparkling and the hooks are cheery. “Scissor Runner,” the opening track, will stay nestled in your head for days.

Songs like “Slavedriver” and “Big Wave” are also filled with that positive energy.

But all that sunshine might make fans of Lewis’ previous work cringe. Gone is the edge, wit and country-gospel twang mixed with all that cheer that made albums like “Rabbit Fur Coat” and “Acid Tongue” so endlessly listenable. “I’m Having Fun Now” could stand to get out of the sun for a bit.

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