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08-26-2007, 08:23 PM
I've been listening to their album "More Adventerous" a lot lately. I <3 Jenny Lewis's voice. Anyway I have a few questions:

1.) Anyone else like them?
2.) Anyone else heard the new album?
3.) If so, do you like it?
4.) Why or why not?

08-26-2007, 08:29 PM
1.) Yes, a little.
2.) No, but I recently got More Adventurous, too.
3.) N/A
4.) N/A

I haven't listened to much more than the first track, but as much as I like their sound, I didn't really like the lyrics to the first song. Political music doesn't really entice me all that much, and the lyrics were kinda weak. I really like the way they sound, though, and I plan on listening to the whole cd through and possibly ignoring the words being sung.

08-26-2007, 08:42 PM
Some of their lyrics are really good, others are meh. But yeah, I like their style.

The newest album is supposed to sound really different, but I'm not sure how.

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08-27-2007, 07:17 AM
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Rag Doll
08-27-2007, 08:12 AM
i like them quite a bit. i got the new album yesterday but i havent really listened to it yet. some of it is definitely pretty different, (offhand, *Moneymaker* and *Dejalo*(sp?) come to mind). I can't really give you much of an opinion on it yet, but so far it's decent.

Have you heard Jenny's solo stuff? Or Blake Sennett's side project (the Elected)? Check 'em out....I *love* the Elected.

08-27-2007, 04:09 PM
I haven't heard it, but her solo stuff has been on my "listen to" list for a while now.

08-27-2007, 04:21 PM
I checked their myspace and I love 'The Moneymaker'. Hot.

Oh noeeezzz, I feel country in other song. H8.

08-29-2007, 04:38 PM
So I downloaded the new album.

I don't like it. We'll just leave it at that.

08-29-2007, 08:45 PM
=( oh well, looks like I'll be spending money elsewhere.

Like on the new New Pornographers cd (saying this out loud bothers me). Maybe; I'm still really pissed off that they're going to be here in 2 months and tickets have already sold out. Pissed off enough that I've downloaded all their music that I didn't already have, and I might end up just stealing the new one. Out of spite.

EDIT: The chick who sings with The Postal Service? It's the chick from Rilo Kiley. I just learned this now.

05-18-2008, 11:47 PM
A friend of mine invited me to go see Rilo Kiley this Thursday. I always go to concerts he invites me to, cause he always buys the tickets... but I always like to check out the band I'm going to see beforehand. I respect his taste in music a lot, and I went out and got their debut album (2001), Takeoffs and Landings. Then I downloaded Under the Blacklight.

My impressions:
Takeoffs and Landings is fantastic. It's diverse, it's got some excellent lyrics... Jenny's voice is outstanding, the melodies and harmonies are awesome. It's got some folk, some country, some pop... just some absolutely fantastic songs. I'm unsure they could possibly top this album. I give it a 9.5/10, just because I don't really care for the songs the guy sings (not big on his voice or writing style). Some standout songs include "Pictures of Success", "Wires and Waves", and "Science vs. Romance".

Under the Blacklight... is a big disappointment. After falling in love with TaL so quickly, and enjoying "The Moneymaker" and "Silver Lining", I find this album to be kinda boring. I like those two songs a lot... Dejalo has a cool chorus, but the verses are boring... I like the retro sound of Smoke Detector. Otherwise... Close Call, Breakin Up, Under the Blacklight, and The Angels Hung Round are decent, but nothing special. And I don't like 15, Dreamworld, or Give a Little Love.

As a whole, Under the Blacklight is SUCH boring and uncreative pop. I can like or even love pop... but I find this album a drag.

For anyone who doesn't have it, I really really recommend checking out Takeoffs and Landings. I could upload it for anyone who wants it. It's so good.

Is "More Adventurous" the album before Blacklight? I might have to check that one out...

I really really hope they play songs from Takeoffs and Landings on Thursday... but I suspect it'll mostly be from Blacklight...

05-19-2008, 01:47 AM
know who else is a big rilo kiley fan? dave foley.

05-19-2008, 05:19 AM
I <3 Jenny Lewis's voice

<3 Jenny Lewis's everything.

Ryan, have you seen how rapidly Dave Foley has lost his beautiful good looks in the last few years?

05-19-2008, 07:08 AM
i have, and both points can be seen here (http://www.superdeluxe.com/sd/contentDetail.do?id=D81F2344BF5AC7BBFDC4E28E3CB0F5 C50DFFC49A6FCD178D).

05-19-2008, 02:59 PM
llamas, I reccommend "The Execution of All Things" or Jenny's solo album if you like Take Offs and Landings. They're similar in style without being repetative. "More Adventurous" is good, but a little bit of a downslide compared to their first 2 albums.

And Under the Blacklight is absolutely horrible. 'nuff said.

05-19-2008, 06:25 PM
llamas, I reccommend "The Execution of All Things" or Jenny's solo album if you like Take Offs and Landings. They're similar in style without being repetative. "More Adventurous" is good, but a little bit of a downslide compared to their first 2 albums.

And Under the Blacklight is absolutely horrible. 'nuff said.

I was definitely thinking about checking out her solo album. When did that come out?

I wonder what went wrong with the newer albums... I mean, certainly part of the new one could be attributed to signing major... but if you say More Adventurous was not as good, either, must've been influenced somehow else?

But yeah... Takeoffs and Landings is incredible. One of the best albums I've heard in a while.

05-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Actually, More Adventurous was the first album they released on a major. And I think "Rabbit Fur Coat" was released in between "More Adventurous" and Blacklight, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, my theory on what happened is that Jenny started giving her folk/country stuff to her solo career and focused on the more traditional pop/rock elements for Rilo Kiley. I honestly don't think it was a market decision though.

05-22-2008, 08:51 PM
So I saw them play tonight. I had a pretty good view and took some pictures with my phone. But the important thing is that the band was AWESOME. Jenny looked really old (like 40s) and her hair was awful, haha.

But the band was so together. I was extremely impressed with each person's talent, and Jenny sang, and played bass, guitar, and keyboard. And she was actually GOOD at guitar.

They were energetic, Jenny put a lot of emotion and expression into her singing, and they didn't waste time talking between songs.

The downsides were that the show was only an hour, plus two encore songs; and they only played one song off Takeoffs and Landings. Off the new album, they played Dreamworld, Close Call, 15, Moneymaker, Silver Lining, and Breakin Up... I was glad to only hear 6 songs from that album, though I would've rather heard Smoke Detector and Dejalo than Dreamworld or Close Call.

They mostly played songs I didn't know, presumably then off albums between Takeoffs and Blacklight. They did play Pictures of Success, which made my evening... but most of the songs that I didn't know were a lot better than most of Blacklight.

Anyway, I was really impressed. I'm going to definitely get the rest of their music, because they were extremely good live. I really recommend seeing them if you haven't...