August 17, 2004
I Love Rilo Kiley

Simply put, Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous album (out today) is my favorite of the year so far. Lyrically, the songs could have been sung by Jerry Lewis (instead of Jenny Lewis) and still had stunning effect. The production is spot on, enhancing the band's talents instead of drowning them out as on past releases. Blake Sennett's guitar has never sounded better, and Jenny Lewis has the voice of an angel with a shot or two of Jack Daniels in her (and that's a very good thing).

Posted by david on August 17, 2004
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i really appreciate you saying that. consider me off the fence.

Posted by: cody on August 17, 2004 08:20 AM

Interesting. I find some of the more "commercial" songs to get grating after a while ("Portions for Foxes" in particular), but "I Never" and "Absence of God" and the title track make it all OK. But I'm glad to see a fellow fan digging it.

Posted by: Paul on August 17, 2004 09:22 AM

KCRW is going to have Rilo Kiley live online today at 11:20 am PST.

http://kcrw.org/cgi-bin/db/kcrw.pl?show_code=mb&air_date=8/17/04&tmplt_type=show

Posted by: carter on August 17, 2004 09:51 AM

Slightly off the topic -- some "singing" voices startle me. The singer has, well, frankly, no singing ability AT ALL, their voice might even be grating, but the music and words carry it off.

Posted by: Terry on August 17, 2004 09:57 AM

Man oh man...I cannot believe no one in town got this CD in today for sale...screw you Kelowna!

Posted by: caley on August 17, 2004 03:33 PM

i completely agree, i always loved moments of rilo kiley's cds as much as anything, but this is their first cd that i can play start to finish and feel the same about all of it. it's just great. re: the more "commercial" moments, jenny lewis' voice makes it all seem fresh and i see those as the standout moments of the album. (love and war, especially)

Posted by: justin why on August 17, 2004 07:53 PM

i'm a fan of the RK, but i'm still a sucker for that fiery furnaces record -- its still #1 w/ me.

Posted by: chris on August 17, 2004 09:34 PM

I love it also, probably a top five finisher by year's end.

Posted by: Aaron S. Veenstra on August 18, 2004 09:42 AM

I so want to love this album. So badly. I think that I they just set the bar so high for me with "Execution..." that I was bound to be disappointed. "Portions for Foxes" bothers me, too. It sounds like a half-hearted Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs track.

All said, though, I'm happy to see that people are digging it and that they're getting a healthy dose of attention. Perhaps it'll grow on me.

Posted by: mrw on August 18, 2004 01:57 PM
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