More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
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  • Summary: The Los Angeles indie-rockers make their major label debut with 'More Adventurous.' In the two years since their previous outing together, the band's Jenny Lewis contributed vocals to the debut from the Postal Service, while Blake Sennett and Jason Boesel released an album from their ownThe Los Angeles indie-rockers make their major label debut with 'More Adventurous.' In the two years since their previous outing together, the band's Jenny Lewis contributed vocals to the debut from the Postal Service, while Blake Sennett and Jason Boesel released an album from their own side project, The Elected. Expand
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  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. Part new-wave keyboards, part folky acoustic guitars, the music on More Adventurous is unexpectedly beautiful.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. Not all the experiments work... However, Rilo Kiley are more inspiring than you'd think.
  6. Each song on "More Adventurous" sounds rich and well plotted. [16 Aug 2004]
  7. A staggeringly uneven salad of powerpop alt-country and even R&B that succeeds as often as it fails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. andrea
    Mar 15, 2007
    10
    love it! portions for foxs and does he love you? are on constant repeat. jenny's voice is so fresh and beautiful.
  2. MS
    Dec 31, 2004
    10
    Stunning... hands down the best album of the year. Jenny Lewis's vocals are simply amazing.
  3. spencerf
    Aug 20, 2004
    10
    spot on, simply amazing... only sad thing is that its on a major, sad sad indeed
  4. AndrewW
    Jan 30, 2006
    10
    This Album has been wonderful me. "Does He Love You?" always hits me so hard. Such emotion is provocative throughout the whole ablum. Overall This Album has been wonderful me. "Does He Love You?" always hits me so hard. Such emotion is provocative throughout the whole ablum. Overall it is so intelligent and put together. Just tasty. Expand
  5. Alexa
    Aug 18, 2004
    9
    Beautiful...
  6. StuartY
    Jun 26, 2005
    9
    Their blend of indie, country and intelli-pop gets better everytime. I was expecting this to be a bit rockier, and it's worth pointing Their blend of indie, country and intelli-pop gets better everytime. I was expecting this to be a bit rockier, and it's worth pointing out that the odd arrangement of tracks starts with (arguably) the three best, and certainly the three most "singely" songs, so the rest feels a bit introspective and restrained. Aside from the singles, other highlights come in the form of the blistering "love and war", the electronic-y "accidntel deth"(sic) and blakes beautiful, acoustic, "ripchord". Like Belle and Sebastian, Rilo Kiley's upbeat pop belies their serious songwriting and fiercely literate lyrics. Top album, lets hear some "harder" tracks in the mix next time, please. Expand
  7. MarisaC
    Oct 5, 2005
    6
    I'd give this album between a 6 and a 7. While a set of very tuneful songs, the slick production has zapped some of the charms of the I'd give this album between a 6 and a 7. While a set of very tuneful songs, the slick production has zapped some of the charms of the group's sounds. Lyrics are nowhere near as irreverent nor interesting as The Execution of All Things, but hope that the next album will return to being more home-spun. Expand

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