Friday, January 15, 2010

TK # 12: Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (2004)

Straddling the line between indie cred and big deal mainstream hacks, More Adventurous was destined to be Rilo Kiley's piece de resistance. This is meticulously crafted pop, the title track sweetened with gorgeous pedal steel, the indie conscience of "It's A Hit" propelled with buoyant horns and a bit of "Ventura Highway" strum kicks off the luminous "Absence of God". The master class in classic songwriting lures you in, but it's Jenny Lewis' magnificent supple ache of a voice (check the torchy tour de force "I Never") that'll bring you back.

1 comment:

Bill C. said...

YES. I was really disappointed to see this album forgotten on a lot of people's end-of-decade lists. This is the album that gave me a massive crush on Jenny Lewis, even when she was being a little too melodramatic. Her voice when from quirky-but-cool to gorgeous in one fell swoop.