Jenny Lewis' most recent album On The Line is another stellar creation by the California based singer-songwriter. Coming five years since her last record, Lewis’ fourth solo album is likened to “California sunshine glinting off the Pacific Ocean, steeped in the West Coast pop sounds of the 1970s” according to NPR. They're not wrong -- her trance-like deep voice and poetic lyrics are reminiscent of rebellious nights and the classics of the 70s.
The album art of her latest release is particularly eye-catching, featuring Lewis’ cleavage draped in a blue retro style jumpsuit, a la Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. The tongue-in-cheek image of Lewis from the neck down with her auburn waves was photographed by friend and frequent collaborator of Lewis, Autumn de Wilde.
The cover of On The Line is almost identical to her previous album cover for The Voyager, a below-neck photo of Lewis donning a rainbow pantsuit. When she found a Polaroid of this previous album, it seemed like fate. Btw, she'll also be selling T-shirts with the cover art, which she modeled after those Venice Beach shirts that feature bikini bodies -- we’ve all had one of those. “You can put it up to your head, and it looks like you have cleavage. It’s gonna be my cleavage on your cleavage,” comments the singer on her novelty merch in an interview with The New York Times.
The cover is also a nod to Lewis’ recently deceased mother, a Las Vegas performer herself. “I wanted to go a little coke-ier, like a little more of a nod to my mom in Las Vegas, a little more glam, a little more body-conscious,” comments Lewis to the LA Times. She hit the nail on the head with this one as it's a fitting tribute to her glamorous show.
Lewis expresses her excitement for the album cover art in an interview with the Los Angeles Times stating, “I’m really excited about the cover, because, obviously it’s a little bit racy, but it’s not that racy. It’s just a little bit of cleavage. I’m proud of the fact that I feel comfortable enough to do that and that we’re dealing with a natural situation here.” Proud, confident, and a little cheeky, Lewis completely embodies the rock 'n roll mentality, and this cover is as timeless as the musician herself.
By: Charlotte Kohlberg
Charlotte is a recent Graduate in Art History from New York University. After working at a publishing company, she realized her affinity for writing when she had to write weekly newsletters on authors and podcasts. She started her journalism career contributing for online media and entertainment source, The Knockturnal. Currently living in New York City, Charlotte enjoys going to concerts and art museums, and mixing cocktails for her friends
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