December 06, 2007
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
I'll admit, I wasn't entirely sure when I started this blog as to exactly what I would be writing on. I knew that I could talk endlessly about music, but that seems far too broad to be the topic here. I realized as I went on that I was seemingly focusing on only a single genre, or at least leaning in that direction. Every album I reviewed and discussed were all Americana, folk, or alt-country, most a mixture of all of these. So I thought, what is my favorie album that fit this characterization. I came up with this one.
I'm not going to claim that this album is the best in the genre, or maybe not even the best of the band's. Yet, this album seemed by far the most consistent and most readily relateable. The oddest part of this statement is that neither of these statements relate in any way to the first song of the album. "It's a Hit" was probably their worst song to date (that was, until the most recent album). It's political statement seemed juvinile, killing any catchiness that it may possess.
From here, however, the album goes into it's best track. "Does He Love You?", a long time fan favorite, describes the dilemma not of being cheated on, but being the third wheel of this type of situation. It remains to be the band's closing song, a spot reserved generally for their biggest crowd pleaser, and it lives up to this spot. Following this, however, is their most well-known song, due to its "Grey's Anatomy" fame, "Portions for Foxes".
The album continues like this, with fan favorite ballad followed by radio-ready pop hit, followed by a radio-ready ballad, etc. The album just never lets up. Of note, the amazing "Absence of God" has some of the most touching, uplifting lyrics in modern pop. Overall, this album is a perfect entry place for new fans, as well as a longtime favorite of regular listeners.
Posted by burkema at December 6, 2007 05:14 PM