Rkives

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Near as I can hear, all that marks these terrific songs as outtakes etc. is that they're slightly less produced and dramatic.
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    83
    RKives begins and ends as a “fans only” endeavor, but the compilation provides an essential supplement to the Rilo Kiley discography.
  3. 80
    Rkives is an excellent time capsule. Here's Rilo Kiley, preserved and earnest and hooky as ever.
  4. Mojo
    May 21, 2013
    80
    Cathartic and beyond satisfying. [Jun 2013, p.102]
  5. May 7, 2013
    80
    As a mini-EP of ‘new’ material, these musically diverse tracks are strong enough to make you yearn for the fifth album which will probably never come.
  6. May 3, 2013
    80
    The great thing about rkives, though, is that as much as it constitutes an absolute boon for long-time fans, it works as a fine introduction to the band on its own merit.
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    80
    Revealing more to outsiders than, say, that entire Nirvana box set, it revels in the seemingly defunct L.A. pop greats' status as old-school virtuosos who turned the new school on.
  8. Apr 8, 2013
    80
    Rilo Kiley always had the ability to acknowledge the bad without letting it suck you down. That got lost on the weirdly glossy, distant and jaded Blacklight, but RKives restores the balance.
  9. Apr 4, 2013
    80
    While this collection is a welcome, if brief, return to the band's heyday, it naturally doesn't stand on its own as an album.
  10. May 24, 2013
    78
    A somewhat random but enjoyable and welcome compilation.
  11. Apr 4, 2013
    74
    Rkives is a full-sounding collection that reads like a long-lost Rilo Kiley album from the early-2000s.
  12. May 21, 2013
    70
    It's a sad farewell, as this mostly filler-free set of outtakes, demos and b-sides reconfirms.
  13. May 6, 2013
    70
    RKives as a whole, hopeful and appreciative above all else, a way for the band and the fans to celebrate what they had one last time before returning to the present, to careers already well into the next phase.
  14. 70
    Like so much of their previous output, it’s an incredibly bittersweet listen, but this time it’s less about Lewis’ wistful reflections and more to do with rueing what might have been if they’d continued; those first four cuts hint at a genuinely superb record having been in the works pre-split.
  15. 70
    While there’s a lot to love on RKives, as with any postmortem compilation, it runs the risk of lacking cohesion and coming across as a jumble with no common threads.
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  1. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    What a bittersweet album, it shows how this band was terrific and it's own worst enemy. They were at their best when they were unstructuredWhat a bittersweet album, it shows how this band was terrific and it's own worst enemy. They were at their best when they were unstructured and passionate. They failed in the attempt to focus there message into a mainstream whole. Emo, indie, country/folk with Jenny Lewis' heartbreak lilt. This is an album which defines a time and a place. Southern California at the turn of the Millennium. Rkives reminds us of where Rilo Kiley came from, both literally and stylistically. Full Review »