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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Reprise/Maverick
  • ASIN: B000QUUE1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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Rilo Kiley's most recent album, 2004's More Adventurous, prompted Elvis Costello to praise the best lyric writing that I've heard in many a day, Coldplay to invite the band on its 2005 arena tour and a plethora of critics to vote the disc onto annual best of lists. That album sold 175,000 while Jenny Lewis' solo record, 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat, sold 100,000. Now the gloriously decadent Under The Blacklight, the group's fourth album but first for Warner Bros., focuses even more intensely on what one critic has called lead singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis' tangle of indie pop, torch song and too-cool-for-school cynicism. With Under The Blacklight, Rilo Kiley is ready to shine.

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Since her band's last record (2004's More Adventurous), Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis has taken her one-time child-actress, pop-star status up a level, as her charismatic solo effort, Rabbit Fur Coat, was one of the top recordings of 2006. But those who feared she'd abandon her long-time mates to do it alone will be instantly comforted by a collection of songs so zestful and extravagantly produced that no less than four emerge tailor-made for pop radio. After the opener "Silver Lining" feeds off George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" riff and some cajoling handclaps, Lewis reels in the glee with "Close Call," where the lavishness of the melodies outweighs the foreboding lyrics. The bouncy "Breaking Up," with the sun-splashed chorus "feels good to be free," is so absolutely California-beach perfect, it's ripe for a million-selling soda commercial, and then Lewis saves her vocal best for a trifecta near the end: Dusty Springfield soul ("15"), dancefloor power pop ("Smoke Detector"), and meltaway folk ("The Angels Hung Around"). Did it take their angel leaving the nest for a spell for Rilo Kiley to make their definitive record? The argument is futile, but the music is sublime. --Scott Holter

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This album isn't over-produced, by the way.
Mister Charlie
The music itself isn't bad at all, even though Jenny is a bit overpowering, but the lyrics are really untouched territory in pop music (for good reason).
Cale E. Reneau
I now have all of Rilo Kiley's music and all of Jenny Lewis'.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andreia Hamada on August 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's clear Rilo Kiley are testing new grounds, there is a clear shift. To the amazement of many people, it features guitar riffs to pop songs. Of course Rilo Kiley was always somewhat irreverent. But this time they doubled the dose, with a bitter cynicism - a riff of George Harrison? - and a travel through time tunnel back to 70s.
Many will find the first four tracks odd and bizarre. They show none of the tender aspects of Rilo Kiley as we know it. No more loving and adorable ballads.
But listeners will reach a safe ground at title track and beyond. This new album doesn't sound like the *indie* Rilo Kiley. But mature as it may be, it may not be exactly what fans were waiting for. Somewhere between a good song or another, it lacks the magic and chemistry that mesmerized so many in the past.
Anyway, we shall not judge this excellent band by one album. Their career is consistently reaching a higher quality level, so please praise Rilo Kiley!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stevens on September 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The long-awaited new Rilo Kiley album, Under the Blacklight, may not be what same fans expected. A far cry from tracks such as 'My Slumbering Heart' and 'A Better Son/Daughter', this album evokes more R&B tones than were anticipated. Though it may not quite be the Rilo Kiley that many fans remember, the songs on this album attest to the fact that both Jenny Lewis and the rest of the band have stuck to their guns and come up with something new and appealing. My faith in Rilo Kiley is reaffirmed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Penny Rains on September 26, 2007
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Admittedly I bought this album at a time when I can't get enough of Jenny's vocals so my review may be somewhat biased. But many of these songs have jumped to my most listened to on iTunes in the past week. I think Under the Blacklight takes a few more listens to appreciate than some of R.K.'s previous albums. I love the synth on Dejalo and the rock on Moneymaker. A few of the tunes, like Silver Lining and Breakin' Up, have great sing-along-capabilities. Maybe it's just me but there were a few times when I heard a little early 90's Liz Phair and Frente.

If you're at all a fan of Jenny Lewis or Rilo Kiley I can't imagine that this album would disappoint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Anthony on September 11, 2007
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For those of you self-professed long-time Rilo Kiley fans who have panned this release--get over yourselves! This is a solid effort by a solid group. It may not be as "indie" as More Adventurous or Execution, but then again, it just might be. At first, Under the Blacklight sounds very polished, with a couple seemingly radio-ready singles, such as "The Moneymaker" or "Silver Lining" ("Dreamworld," even) and maybe that is the Warner Bros. major-label debut influence. (It would do radio well to put RK into regular rotation.) But listen a few more times and you will begin to hear what you always loved about this band: the cagey, risque, tounge-in-check lyrics ("15," "Close Call" or "Smoke Detector"), the always interesting guitar stylings of Blake Sennett, the freshest female vocals (sonically and stylistically) in the business these days, and some driving drum and bass lines keeping it all together. Even more, the band shows its versatility by expertly delivering tunes in a wide range of muscial styles which keeps things interesting. There is something here for all true fans of Rilo Kiley. Musicians and their music must grow and evolve, and this latest effort shows Rilo Kiley to be doing just that. Better they do that than simply rehashing ground already covered so as to become boring, predictable and irrelevent. Good job Rilo Kiley! Don't be deterred by the naysayers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan Broder on August 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Allow me to begin this with stating that I am a bit of a Rilo Kiley obsessive. I don't go reading every article on them or anything, I just listen to their music. A lot. When the single Moneymaker came out I was scared. It was a bit repetitive and I didn't take a shine, but I had faith. And rightfully so. This newest record is full of the things Rilo Kiley is known for: deceptively simple melodies that have thoughtful orchestrations and exciting embellishments, interesting lyrics that portray a slight ironic and cynical personality, and easy sing along choruses. Some of the touches, such as the neo-soul backup vocals on Breakin' Up, really brought a smile to my face. It is quite possibly their most upbeat album to date; their first party album, if you will.

Before this album, a lot of people were criticizing thir choices in producers, but the album has a beautifully polished sound and it is this reviewers humble opinion that their choices were just fine.

I give the album 4/5 stars, because I really don't care for Moneymaker and it doesn't last as long as I wish it did, with most of the songs clocking in at just around 3 minutes.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S.G.R. Black on August 22, 2007
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"Indi darlings" no more, Rilo Kiley are under a major spotlight (and major label) rather than a "blacklight". Filter magazine said it best, ""Under the Blacklight" doesn't sound like a Rilo Kiley record. It doesn't even sound like a Jenny Lewis record.", which is a shame because from their past few albums and Jenny's solo debut, a loyal and eager following had been flourishing. At a first cold listen, there'll probably be many folks out there throwing out the word "sell-out" on the table and for once, they MAY be right. However, you must decide for yourself. "Under the Blacklight" isn't just a new direction these guys have taken rather than turn into a brand new band all together and though it's NOT at all a bad ablum, the listener needs to not expect for old-Rilo Kiley to show up anywhere.

If this were the debut of an entirely new and different band with a different name, "Under the Blacklight" would be an awesome pop album but the fact that this record bears the name Rilo Kiley, it's a HUGE disapointment, especially to die hard fans. There's hardly an inkling of a folk sound (save for "The Angels Hung Around) or even a bit of that country twang we're so used to hearing. Instead, you get total pop! Now, I'm not saying pop is bad; I rather enjoy pop. It just needs to be worth my time. Rest assured, the album IS worth it (excluding "The Moneymaker"- bad all around, lyrically and musically; what major miss!). In fact, it's an excellent for what it is.

"Under the Blacklight" uses two different producers here and it definitly shows. Half of the album sounds like "bar/party music" and the other half sounds like a throw back to the 50s ("15") or early sixties ("Smoke Detector"- a modern day "Twist"?).
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