Rkives - Rilo Kiley
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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. 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.
  3. 80
    Rkives is an excellent time capsule. Here's Rilo Kiley, preserved and earnest and hooky as ever.
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    74
    Rkives is a full-sounding collection that reads like a long-lost Rilo Kiley album from the early-2000s.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. May 10, 2013
    40
    Even at 16 tracks, RKives feels paltry and incomplete. [No. 98, p.59]

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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 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. Expand