Title..: Under The Blacklight
Artist.: Rilo Kiley
Label..: Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Cat. #.: 9362-49956-5
R. Date: Dec-12-2007
S. Date: Aug-20-2007
##. Title Length
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01. Silver Lining (3:36)
02. Close Call (3:20)
03. The Moneymaker (2:52)
04. Breakin' Up (3:38)
05. Under The Blacklight (3:33)
06. Dreamworld (4:45)
07. Dejalo (3:17)
08. 15 (2:51)
09. Smoke Detector (2:58)
10. The Angels Hung Around (3:04)
11. Give A Little Love (3:41)
Thought I'd give this a try. Like a scene release but in FLAC.
There had to have been doubts, after Rilo Kiley lead girl Jenny
Lewis' successful solo sojourn with the Watson Twins (2006's sumptuous,
acclaimed Rabbit Fur Coat album), that she would ever come home to roost.
There was no obvious need--she was the recognisable face of the band as
it was, and had gone on to distil Rilo Kiley's sharp-witted alt-country
pleasantry down to its roots and add an irresistible wholesomeness,
the grace of a bygone age. But we find her back fronting Rilo Kiley,
if only to prove that she's an indie diva on the rise and can wear any
boot she sees fit. And here, on Under The Blacklight, we find her in
sequinned disco boots ("Breakin' Up" is like something off Bright
Eyes' Digital Ash album if the benchmark were Donna Summer's back catalogue),
60s girl group heels (the crying out for its own dance "Smoke Detector"),
legwarmers ("Dejalo" is a low-light Gloria Estefan/Madonna-esque strut)
and the old fashioned tan suede we were used to (the gorgeous "Close Call"
should satisfy anyone who fell in love with "It's a Hit" from their last record).
It's quite a distinct upturn in style for the band who forge on with steely
determination, perhaps at the expense of the soft skinned appeal of More Adventurous,
but ensuring that there's enough momentum to see them safe for a few years yet.