So apparently I’m way out of touch when it comes to Jenny Lewis. I wrote that this was the first time I’d heard her on country radio so I figured she was a “new” artist. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It turns out that Jenny is an established artist and has been around for a while. It’s just the first time I’ve heard her in the country world.
But putting all that aside for a second, listening to this song on its own without any background knowledge is a treat.
She’s Not Me – Jenny Lewis
The first time I heard this song on country radio it didn’t seem odd that it was being played on that station. Then I listened to it again now for this article and I kind of found myself wondering how it got played on a country station.
But if you listen closely you can hear the influences. It’s definitely coming from a wide variety of influences. There are pop and indie rock or folks sounds in there, but I also hear elements of country songs from certain periods like Barbara Mandrell and especially Eddie Rabbitt.
It’s a very passionate sounding song with a vocal that is haunting and aching. It’s really cool. The sound just kind of grabs you and makes you pay attention and I like that. I haven’t heard anything like this in a long time and I love that it’s getting attention from the country world.
The song is about a girl that’s looking at her ex-lover having a great life with someone knew. It’s painful. The lyrics are something you can relate to. You start to think that maybe you’re the crazy one, but that can’t be.
I can’t say enough good things about this song. It’s really different and really cool. I love it.
CML Points: 90/100