AOTY 2019

The Voyager

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #390 / 845
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
2014 Ratings: #295
July 29, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Pop Rock, Indie Rock / Genres
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It's heavy midlife crisis material but The Voyager plays lightly, offering a warm balm of Southern California sounds.


You wouldn't assume a troubled backstory from the music — Lewis has channeled her grievances into a statement of life-affirming and ebullient guitar pop.

The 405

This feels like next-level stuff, a crystallisation of everything she's done before, focused and as in control as she's ever been.

American Songwriter

The Voyager mostly dispenses with genre exercises and style hopping in favor of a gorgeously organic rock record.

The Line of Best Fit

There isn’t a weak track on the album - just varying degrees of excellence, which, come to think of it, is a neat summation of Lewis’ career to date.

Drowned in Sound

It’s fun, compulsive listening, and really highlights Jenny Lewis’s songwriting credentials with a clutch of great, unpretentious pop songs.

Under The Radar

This is another LP of stellar Americana-flavored indie rock from one of our generation's most reliable singer/songwriters. 


The Voyager is a pretty record that hides a fundamental, slow burning sadness.


The Voyager is her strongest solo release and best overall effort since Rilo Kiley’s 2004 LP, More Adventurous.

A.V. Club

That newfound sophistication does nothing to dull the emotional punch of Lewis’ songwriting, though it makes an odd fit for some of her more off-the-cuff couplets.

Consequence of Sound

Her rich, heartbreaking voice remains, the drug references are still there, and her skilled musicianship still underpins every song. The Voyager is a grower.


It’s not anchored in one particular scene, but plays as broadly California, with sly nods to the Byrds in the guitars, the Go-Go’s in the vocals, and Randy Newman in the wry humor.


On The Voyager, Lewis is confident and sharp, her incisive, dark lyrics juxtaposed by bright, sunny instrumentals that help the album go down easy while rewarding repeat listens.

Rolling Stone

The Voyager hangs together as a loose yet polished California-pop travelogue of Lewis' endlessly messy life.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The Voyager is a collection of catchy songs intended for those who have lost confidence in catchy song

Wondering Sound

These are her fullest arrangements ever ... yet no one upstages Lewis. She may sing of darkness, but she’s never shone brighter.


The Voyager is less of an addition to her back catalogue than a summary of her work to date, dipping into different eras of Lewis, and not settling on any.

No Ripcord

It’s an incredibly well-observed, poignant look at what it means to be Jenny Lewis right now, yet lacks the indefinable quality to make it a classic.

Slant Magazine

Too many songs here feel slackly constructed, and the overall musical mood only rarely connects with its lyrical content, leaving The Voyager as a moderately successful testimonial effort.

Alternative Press

The contrast between the bitter lyrics and the sweet music makes for an easy enough listen, but we couldn’t help yearning for more bite to these songs.


Ultimately, the pop sheen Adams applies on 'The Voyager' is at odds with Lewis' songs. By always opting for directness, he's failed to let her do justice, musically, to the darkness of her inspiration.

NOW Magazine
While her straightforward songwriting certainly comes across as honest, it can feel a little hokey.
A mildly interesting, pretty sounding collection of simple, over produced pop-rock tunes with a slight touch of alt-rock and indie flavour to some of them. It does sound pleasant for the most part, with some tracks being a little more elegantly arranged than others, and Lewis' voice sounds beautiful through and through, but this shiny, slick shell envolves the content so deeply that it gets much less relatable and organic than it should.
The Voyager is a strong collection of pop rock songs that mostly talk about one's journey through life and existential thoughts of a person going towards middle-age. I absolutely loved songs like Just One of the guys, and The New You. Lewis has a keen ability to put words together in a record. Great pop rock record.
“The Voyager” falls into a trap of being a long-awaited, perfectly good album from an artist who has made great ones, and therefore leaves fans disappointed. This was a critical hit with many outlets, and it’s only a good thing to see Jenny Lewis get praised; she’s one of the best indie frontwomen of her generation, and the soul-searching approach to this record is undoubtedly commendable. It’s her most personal to date (just listen to “Just One of the ... read more
Gone is the appeal that stood out while paired with Rilo Kiley. And, although there are some pretty good songs the over-polished production turns Ms. Potty Mouth into something of a radio friendly, 'I'm gonna switch the channel now' pulp product that clearly does not belong in my personal collection. What confounds me further are the reviewers claiming it to be "album of the year". Really? Album of the year? I don't think so as I do suspect the cut-out bins will be full of this ... read more
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Track List

  1. Head Underwater
  2. She's Not Me
  3. Just One of the Guys
  4. Slippery Slopes
  5. Late Bloomer
  6. You Can't Outrun 'Em
  7. The New You
  8. Aloha & the Three Johns
  9. Love U Forever
  10. The Voyager
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