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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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
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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More Commercial, Not More Adventurous -- But Still Solid Rilo Kiley Sept. 11 2007
By T. Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.

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