Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' review: Doesn't sound fresh

Jenny Lewis attends the Sundance Film Festival on Jenny Lewis attends the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Larry Busacca

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REVIEW

On her new album, "The Voyager" (Warner Bros.), Jenny Lewis is no longer the up-and-coming princess of indie-pop. Her band, Rilo Kiley, is over, and her use of spare, alt-folk arrangements to showcase her well-crafted stories is pretty much gone.

With the help of producer Ryan Adams, Lewis has draped herself in the trappings of late-'70s Southern California rock, which doesn't exactly help her cause.

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"You Can't Outrun 'em" feels like a reworked "Gold Dust Woman," while "Head Underwater" sounds like it came from Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" album.

Her writing and voice are still good, but not good enough to displace the originals.

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THE GRADE B

BOTTOM LINE Starting a new journey by looking back

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