Jenny and Johnny, 'I'm Having Fun Now' (Warner Bros.)

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I'm Having Fun Now
Critical Mass
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Label: Warner Bros.

by David Menconi

What hath She & Him wrought? I'm Having Fun Now is all whimsical, tongue-in-cheek cutesiness, but with songs this sugary, it'd be churlish to complain. Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and singer-songwriter/boyfriend Johnathan Rice have both had their moments of pure-pop confection in the past, but never as crazily delicious as here. Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis burnishes the doomy sentiments about domestic serpents and sharp instruments with a deceptive gloss, so you won't notice the acid aftertaste until much, much later.

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