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Under the Black Light

Rilo Kiley Audio CD

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1. Silver Lining
2. Close Call
3. The Moneymaker
4. Breakin' Up
5. Under the Blacklight
6. Dreamworld
7. Dejalo
8. 15
9. Smoke Detector
10. The Angels Hung Around
11. Give a Little Love

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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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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  90 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not overwhelming, but still a band with a consistent career Aug. 28 2007
By Andreia Hamada - Published on Amazon.com
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!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rilo Kiley Returns Sept. 7 2007
By Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait and several hundred repeat listens. Aug. 22 2007
By Johnathan Broder - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to Jenny Lewis Sept. 26 2007
By Penny Rains - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rilo Kiley is a One Woman Show Aug. 22 2007
By S.G.R. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"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"?). Though, to me, "Dejalo" sounds like a Gloria Estefan dance song and there're bits of hint of disco elements to both "Breakin' Up" and the song, "Under the Blacklight". My inital response to "Dreamworld" was merely luke warm but after a few listens, the song has become illuminated with cool overtones that can't be ignored. This is the song that everone will be quick to say, "Fleetwood Mac"! The only song that even remotely-sort-of sounds like old-Rilo Kiley or at least Jenny Lewis a la "Rabbit Fur Coat", is the opener, "Silver Lining". It's simply gorgeous.

Still, there is an unfortunate aspect of this new album and that's either the under use of the band or the complete absent of the band itself. A lot of these songs (85% of them) just sound like Jenny Lewis doing a pop act. Sennet, Reeder, and Bosel are sadly unimpressive which is CRAZY because everyone knows Sennet rocks on the guitar and Bosel is awesome on drums. In fact, "Close Call" is the only song Sennet gets to shine. It's a bit frustrating when you know how talented this band really is and all you get is a "good" effort (intramentally); no "wowness" here. Besides the terrible "The Moneymaker", there's another miss that belongs to "Give a Little Love", which a completely overbaked muffin that's too sweet for it's own good. The sound is borderline R&B; no joke! It just lacks originality. Any pop princess out there could have sung this. In fact, they probably have. It's awful! Just awful! And cheesy.

Overall, this is going to be one of those albums where it must be played a few times for the initial shock to sink in. I've been listening to this constantly since its relase, and even now I have trouble fathoming the fact that Rilo Kiley is playing, but it IS an excellent pop album. Perphaps, it'll just have to win you over over time, and it may not even take as long as it's done with others.

Still, I can't help but wonder if this simply is an atempt to widen their fan base which I'm sure a lot of people WILL admire and gravitate towards this album, but for myself and for other fans of Rilo Kiley from the get-go, MAY be a little disapointed at first and a little nervous to be honest.

KEY TRACKS
1. Silver Lining
2. Close Call
5. Breakin' Up
6. Dreamworld
8. 15
9. Smoke Detector

***1/2

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