Album Reviews: More Adventurous by Rilo KileyWhen I listen to Rilo Kiley, I’m reminded of many great bands that never got their due: The Blake Babies, Bettie Serveert, Velocity Girl. The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were filled with great power pop with female vocals. But the male-dominated, radio-dominating grunge rock of the time made these bands anonymous to most casual music listeners.
Fast-forward ten years, and things haven't gotten much better. I don’t think anyone has illusions of bands like Rilo Kiley being played on Top 40 in the present state of popular music. Beyond word-of-mouth and college radio, this great album will unfortunately go unheard.
By calling the album More Adventurous, they are setting up music critics for an easy spike. While the songs are in fact more adventurous than on their previous releases, in the grand music landscape this is still just pop music, with a few dashes of outside influences. This time around the band was able to fully utilize the studio without losing themselves or their songs in production elements. The title may be a poor choice, but the songs are all extremely well-crafted and the album is solid and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The band was on a mission to create their best album to date. They succeeded. - Doug Kamin
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