More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Part commercial breakthrough, part acoustic folk record, part experiment, More Adventurous gives little indication of where Rilo Kiley's sound is headed. [#7]
  2. [The] polished production... makes 2002's The Execution of All Things sound like an indie-rock field recording. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.124]
  3. Part new-wave keyboards, part folky acoustic guitars, the music on More Adventurous is unexpectedly beautiful.
  4. 80
    There's a wit, charisma and individuality at play that lends teeth to Rilo Kiley's tasteful alt country/indie-rock sound. [Mar 2005, p.104]
  5. 80
    They've managed to retain everything that was oddly beguiling about them in the first place while boosting their mass appeal with a production that is all West Coast sleek and radio-friendly lustrous. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  6. 80
    Ambitiously wide-ranging. [Aug 2004, p.133]
  7. Within this realism is an incredible sense of serenity, which flows throughout the album and creates an incredibly fascinating work showcasing an immense sense of maturity for this young group.
  8. All the broad-shouldered indie pop and big city folk we've come to expect, but so meticulously refined and consistently pleasing that its crossover ploys seem forgivable. [Sep 2004, p.124]
  9. Yet another charming balance of winsome melody, subtle studio twinkle, frolicking rock, and tinges of country meshed against traditional song structures.
  10. Basic but gorgeously textured pop-rock with a country tinge, Rilo Kiley's music is led by vocals that'll stop you in your tracks.
  11. This is pure pop for grown-ups.
  12. Soon to be a jukebox staple at every down-at-the-heels dive and java joint in hipster America, More Adventurous has the potential, and the songs, to go a lot further.
  13. That Rilo Kiley jump around so much stylistically could slow down More Adventurous' heat-seeker status.
  14. Not all the experiments work... However, Rilo Kiley are more inspiring than you'd think.
  15. Rilo Kiley's most consistent and sharply executed release to date.
  16. Each song on "More Adventurous" sounds rich and well plotted. [16 Aug 2004]
  17. Lewis' crisp alto shines on every track... Unfortunately, the songs (and especially the lyrics) don't give Lewis the support she deserves.
  18. A glossy production makes for ear candy, but it's bereft of edge. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  19. More Adventurous sometimes gets too precious, but at its best it achieves a kind of cinematic grace.
  20. The rest of More Adventurous is mostly what you would have expected from Rilo Kiley before the album's bracing beginning, only now it carries the stench of promise unfulfilled.
  21. With pluses so few and far between, it’s a struggle to make it through these 11 tracks without feeling nauseous from all the sickly pop filler.
  22. A staggeringly uneven salad of powerpop alt-country and even R&B that succeeds as often as it fails.

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