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More Adventurous is the brand new album from Rilo Kiley. It is simultaneously bold & understated, bombastic & intimate, tragic & triumphant. It's an album full of uplifting songs of heartbreak, traditional pop from the future, country music from the city, & other manners of oxymoronic perfection.

Are they alternative-country rockers or alternative rock crooners? That was the conundrum following Rilo Kiley’s 2002 release, The Execution of Things, and with More Adventurous, the band’s first record with major label support, we have our answer. Jolted by the divinely pure vocals of Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett's howling guitar on prospective indie anthems like "Portions for Foxes," the Los Angeles foursome has two fists through the earth in their quest to depart the underground. It's obvious from the opening smack-talk sing-a-long "It's a Hit" that Lewis is the centerpiece of this 11-song pop consignment (leaving the capable Sennett to sing only the acoustic low-fi "Ripchord"), and the unabashed charisma that is her trademark infiltrates throughout—from rockers ("Love and War") to ballads ("Absence of God") to pop ("Accidntel Deth") to Dusty Springfield soul ("I Never"). And while the production is polished to radio-friendly, it fails to dull the charming accessibility of a band that wears progression as a badge. --Scott Holter

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brute/Beaute
  • ASIN: B0002M5T7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Reihan M. Salam on September 8, 2004
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First, I should say that I'm not very disciplined when it comes to music. I hardly ever listen to an album from beginning to end, and I generally purchase albums with a particular track in mind; I'll repeat the track and, over time, will tentatively listen to the tracks before and after it, eventually finding three or four other songs I enjoy. Four tracks -- I consider that a successful purchase.

This album marks an exception, and an outstanding one at that. I opened the Amazon box late one night and decided to listen to it from the start. I had no guidance as to particular songs I should listen to and figured it was worth a shot. I was transfixed, and played it as I drifted off to sleep. Played it again as I "worked" my way out of bed. There are, of course, stellar tracks: I particularly like "The Absence of God," "Accidntel Death" (a nod to Postal Service/Dntel afficionados), "More Adventurous," and every other track through the end. But I started out by particularly liking the first half, and I still like it a hell of a lot.

Look, Liz Phair has been a disaster post-"Whip Smart," but we liked her because of her brashness and the way she (at her best) made tracks that were both conversational and melodious. That's tough. Jenny Lewis does exactly that, but with less posturing. It's very odd, very bracing, and exceptionally "pretty," to use an unfortunate word.

The album is supremely excellent. Eminently listenable. Yes, "The Execution of All Things" was great (I particularly liked the title track), and this one is less ostentatiously experimental, with none of the out-and-out vocal weirdness of that album. It's also more fun. A fair trade, to my mind.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Allan Suchinsky on February 3, 2005
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When I enter a record shop, I'm usually looking for jazz, often for specific items. But while in a store in LA, list in hand, I got totally sidetracked. I wasn't sure what I was hearing. It certainly wasn't jazz. Nevertheless, I loved it and grabbed a copy of More Adventurous before anything else.

This group has such a unique, compelling sound, and such fine material, that I find myself playing the CD over and over again. It's certainly not the least attributable to Jenny Lewis, especially with what she does with "I Never." The piece totally blows me away.

Jazz lovers beware.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bleeder on March 8, 2005
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I have waited a long time for this to happen and today it did.

I got Rilo Kiley and their album left me happily in awe; breathlessly out of words. For I have never, never, never, never, never ever heard a band that could quite sound like them or how they could make you feel. Really feel. Their music is sexed with a frameless Midas touch and it could weave its sensual magic into any somnambulant heart. It's hard not to fall in love.

Jenny Lewis is blessed with not just a versatile voice but she has the power to bend her tone to fit the almost genre-less range found in `More Adventurous'. I spent two good hours listening to the album twice over and her voice still amazes me to the core. I am gently reminded of Nina Persson's (of The Cardigans) solo debut `A Camp' some years back. There are many similarities between the two ladies whose voices would make the Sirens fall and weep. Both are childlike and blissful. There is a quiet hint of alternate indie or country with an edge, but whichever way you look at it, they are music to my ears. Blake Sennet's guitar works is nimble, smooth, light and meticulous. He caresses the chords with relative ease, the tunes he has managed to create on the six or twelve strings is nothing short of perfect. Mellow or heavy, they kick ass on the whole!

Words penned by Rilo Kiley in the 11 tracks is poetic, raw, full of dare and genuine soul. If Lewis' vocals alone aren't enough to move you, perhaps their lyrics just might. Singles like 'I Never' or 'A Man/Me/Then Jim' might well make you cry though. But I really do dig the way she makes the 'salt-shaker' noise on It's A Hit!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JJF on October 14, 2005
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Rilo Kiley was a band I stumbled upon by pure accident, and I'm sure glad I did. I was a fan of the Postal Service CD, and I knew Jenny Lewis sang some background vocals on it, so I decided to check out her band. I discovered I like Rilo Kiley more than the Postal Service or Death Cab For Cutie.

The songs are incredibly good. I completely disagree with anyone that says this is a spotty album. This album is one I put on and love almost everything. I might skip over two songs, Accidntl Deth and Love and War, the two songs that are kind of uncharacteristic of the band, but who can blame them for experimenting when everything else is just filled with great songwriting. The rest are great musically, lyrically and vocally. It is slightly more produced and has a few more pop songs than Rilo Kiley's previous two albums, but I like it just as well. The pop songs happen to be great pop songs, and on new territory like "I Never," Jenny sounds like the new Linda Ronstadt, and that's a good thing. I play this album for people all the time, and people always like it.

This really is genre-defying music. I think people go a bit overboard with talking about the country sound. There is a rootsy feel to a lot of the songs, but there's also a lot of folk and an indie rock feel. The lack of an easy niche for this band is the only thing I can think of that could be stopping them from being huge. I for one hope that they continue to do things their own way.

Blake Sennett plays great stuff on his guitar, and is a great compliment to Jenny Lewis, who is an amazing frontwoman. I read an article where Jenny and Blake were likened to being the Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham of the modern age. Well, the music is quite a bit different, but after spending the last six months emmersed in Rilo Kiley's three albums, I agree that Blake and Jenny are something special.
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