More Adventurous

More Adventurous

by Rilo Kiley

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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The latest outing by this L.A.-bred outfit certainly lives up to its title, both in its production style -- markedly more ornate than previous efforts -- and its place of origin (that being Rilo's own label, with Warner distribution, as opposed to the sheltering arms of Saddle Creek). As literate and coquettish as ever, singer Jenny Lewis plays both cat (the bad-girl rocker "Portions for Foxes") and mouse (the more plaintive "Does He Love You") with equal aplomb. The quartet's affection for country instrumentation remains undiminished, as borne out by the sweet banjo interlude that punctuates "Ripchord," but its palette has broadened enough to include the Spector-styled wall of sound -- handclaps and all -- that envelops the wryly self-deprecating "It's a Hit." The softly focused production, like that of a vintage French film, adds to the poignancy of Lewis's bittersweet lyrics and gives her hard shell just enough cushion to let it break at the right time. Adventurous, yes, but also a thing of beauty.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173104118
catalogNumber: 31041
Rank: 20287


  1. It's a Hit
  2. Does He Love You
  3. Portions for Foxes
  4. Ripchord
  5. I Never
  6. The Absense of God
  7. Accidental Deth
  8. Love And War (11/11/46)
  9. A Man/Me/Then Jim
  10. It Just Is

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rilo Kiley   Primary Artist
Tracy Sands   Cello
Jamie Williams   Voices
Rick Ricker   French Horn
Kimberly Salistean   Violin
Mike Mogis   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Glockenspiel,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Pierre de Reeder   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jonathan Hischke   Baritone Saxophone
Kianna Alarid   Vocals
Blake Sennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,ARP,Hand Clapping,Optigan
Jason Boesel   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Timpani,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Handbells,Tambo Drums,Metal Pipes
Jenny Lewis   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Nate Walcott   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Orchestra Bells
Neely Jenkins   Vocals
Mike Bloom   Acoustic Guitar
Donna Carnes   Violin
Luke Kellison   Background Vocals
Nate Kellison   Background Vocals
Nate Lefeber   Trombone
Adam Mc Carville   Background Vocals
Clark Potter   Viola
Justin Runge   Background Vocals
Zakk Wooten   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Trombino   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Mogis   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Tamborello   Producer,Audio Production
Nate Walcott   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Nami Ito   Cover Art
Farmer Dave Scher   Producer

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More Adventurous 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tell ya, I bought this a few weeks ago and have literally listened to it every day...yes, it's that, it gets better with each listen...pick this up, it's definitely worth the money
Guest More than 1 year ago
just got the rilo last week. can't take it out of my cd player now!! this band should hit it big with this release. clever instrumentation throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album. There is a great mixture of sounds between songs. Jenny Lewis is a talented, strong women. Beautiful voice, incredible lyrics. This is my favorite Rilo Kiley album by FAR. Great tracks to listen to, in any mood. CHECK IT OUT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this album is more poppy, polished, glossed, and (maybe) mainstream. But who really cares? I for one am not an indie elitist and this album is to me, just as good as the previous ones. Just because it's different doesn't mean it's bad, folks. "I Never" is a wonderful bluesy love song and I suggest trying to download/find the live version which is even better (hint: it was from a show they played with Tilly and the Wall). This whole album is a favorite, there's not one throwaway song, but tracks I enjoyed the most: 1,3,8, and 9. They've kept the country/indie pop feel, this album is just a bit more 'polished'. Small side note, songs 4 (sung acoustic by Blake) and 10 are dedicated to the wonderful, late Elliott Smith (who is definetely worth checking out if you haven't yet).
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK. It's clear that the guys did not go for The Execution Part II. But why make the more comfortable and generic songs in the whole R.K. posible spectrum? I can't find the thrill that surround the whole Execution. Nothing like the Good won't come out, nothing like Paint's peeling or Capturing Moods. But a bunch of polished and embellished songs, and played with all the expertise the guys can show. Jenny is above average, as usual, but, do we really need another blues song in the world? More Adventurous is all in all, a decent disc. But the thrill (in the studio) is now missing. Can't wait to get it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you were looking for a reason to hate rilo kiley keep looking because this new album is going to be bad news for all you rocks! like you know it should!...jen will always keep it rock(almost)star...all you coachella followers, the pixies will live again and live large!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wrote it without noticing that "More Adventurous" was left off the track list. It is actually Track #11 ("It Just Is") that is meant for Elliot Smith. The rest of my review is fine. ^_^
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