A week before Jenny Lewis’ fourth solo album, On the Line, the artist once again blesses us with a new single. What seems to echo from various difficulties from childhood, mentioned in an interview with Jonah Weiner on Rolling Stone, “Wasted Youth” touches on it all in a glittery coating. Continuing the seventies thematic sound that has been apparent from her last two singles, “Wasted Youth” is the glam-pop version that sweetly basks in Lewis’ Americana swing.
Subtly haunting, the track’s disposition is hidden beneath a classic uptempo that pairs with the sunny West Coast. The production acts a distraction from a past reality whereas Lewis gets frank lyrically in an assortment of vivid scenes. Regardless of where Lewis will guide a listener on the song, a sly inconsequential “do do do do” redirects the track, and Lewis, to a new chapter.
“Wasted Youth” once again features a noteworthy selection of artists such as bassist Don War, drummer Jim Keltner and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench. Lewis’ forthcoming album is written from the break-up of a 12-year relationship and the passing of her estranged mother, which is set to be released March 22nd.
If you’re near Los Angeles, Lewis will be live at Amoeba Hollywood, Friday, March 22nd at 4:20 p.m. Purchase of On the Line at Amoeba will guarantee entry to the show, as well as a limited edition signed poster.