Jenny Lewis Shares Breezy, Beck-Produced 'Just One of the Guys' Single

The track will appear on her first solo album in six years, 'The Voyager,' due out July 29th

Jenny Lewis
Autumn de Wilde
June 3, 2014 9:00 AM ET

Jenny Lewis' first offering off The Voyager, the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's first solo album in six years, is a breezy, catchy single about not fitting in with the boys' club. Produced by Beck and titled "Just One of the Guys," the wistful track, which she posted to iTunes, finds Lewis singing over a heavily textured and echoey backdrop of acoustic guitars, keyboards and something akin to a mandolin, but it's her lyrics, full of ennui about her ticking biological clock, and the way she leans into the words that draws a line back to Lewis' previous recordings.

Summer 2014's 40 must-see music festivals

In addition to Beck, Lewis collaborated with a number of other notable producers, including Ryan Adams and Johnathan Rice, for The Voyager, her third solo album overall, which is due out July 29th. She has said that the album is personal in nature – "the hardest one I ever made," in her words – and comes on the heels of a creative meltdown following the dissolution of Rilo Kiley. "It nearly destroyed me," she said in a statement. "I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn't sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn't shut down."

In lighter news, Lewis recently backed up comedian Zach Galifianakis recently on a rendition of "Camptown Races." It will air on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! on June 5th, according to Vulture.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

More Song Stories entries »