Take Offs & Landings

Take Offs & Landings

by Rilo Kiley

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Overview

With a sound that veers from the acoustic simplicity and poetic lyricism of coffeehouse folk to the bouncy, lo-fi infectiousness of D.I.Y. indie pop, this California quartet writes melodies so damn catchy, you might almost think you've heard them before. Songs like "Go Ahead" and "Bulletproof" showcase the band's most distinctive asset -- the sweet vocals and bittersweet lyrics of Jenny Lewis -- while the breezy hooks and driving beats of tunes like "Wires and Waves" and "Always" show surprising commercial potential. The 13-song album has a few weak spots -- guitarist Blake Sennett's cracking vocals make him sound like Elliott Smith's nervous kid brother on "Small Figures in a Vast Expanse," while a few of the down-tempo songs slow the album's momentum -- but stronger numbers like the gorgeous horn-laden waltz of "Don't Deconstruct" are the sound of a young band coming into its own.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173101926
catalogNumber: 31019
Rank: 36994

Tracks

  1. Go Ahead
  2. Science Vs. Romance
  3. Wires and Waves
  4. Pictures of Success
  5. August
  6. Bulletproof
  7. Plane Crash in C
  8. Small Figures in a Vast Expanse
  9. Don't Deconstruct
  10. Always
  11. We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try)
  12. Rest of My Life
  13. Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)

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