More Adventurous

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
For More Adventurous, Rilo Kiley's Warner-distributed hello to the big time, the Los Angeles band is more cohesive, more spotless, and tidier in its tangle of indie pop, torch song, and too-cool-for-school cynicism than ever before. This time out they favor craft over ruckus, rarefied over reckless. Sometimes Adventurous goes too far -- like Belle & Sebastian, RK's fastidiousness can become a sticky glaze. The overwrought sway of "Does He Love You?" comes to mind. But the album is a mostly-perfect collection of the various sounds the band does best, wrapped around easily findable hooks. They're well-dressed indie kids ready and quite able to charm the mainstream. Jenny Lewis' vocals are lighter than clouds and Petula Clarksweet, even if she occasionally spits venom. "Any asshole can open up a museum/Put all the things he loves on display," she dismisses in the Luna-like opener "It's a Hit." But Lewis' characters' faults and failings are just bruises on the Rilo Kiley fruit, blemishes that characterize the band's effortlessly clean swirl of live string arrangements, subtle synth/keys, and glowing acoustic guitar. "I Never" is a full-on, cast of thousands soundstage production, a robust, keening ballad filled with pedal steel, fuzzed-out Beatles guitar soloing, and Lewis' gargantuan voice. The title track takes us back to Rilo Kiley's earlier work with its atmospheric country feel, while "Love and War [11/11/46]" is refreshingly propulsive -- it could be Stereophonics covering Lone Justice. Most of the album's quieter moments are equally strong, if somewhat grayed out. Adventurous' stylistic restlessness might take some getting used to for new listeners. But fans from the Saddle Creek days will enjoy the greater attention to detail, and everyone will love the bountiful hooks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624887621
  • Catalog Number: 48876
  • Sales rank: 15,357

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Rilo Kiley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tracy Sands Cello
Jamie Williams Voices
Rick Ricker French Horn
Kimberly Salistean Violin
Mike Mogis Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, 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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Get loved. Make more. Try to stay alive.

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    corerction to my previous review

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's all true..

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Album

    I tell ya, I bought this a few weeks ago and have literally listened to it every day...yes, it's that good...plus, it gets better with each listen...pick this up, it's definitely worth the money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thrill is gone?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SURPRISINGLY GOOD ALL THE WAY

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    such bad news!!

    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 haters...it 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!!!!!!

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