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Monday, 12 January 2015

Under The Blacklight

Under The Backlight was the last  studio album recorded by Rilo Kiley.
Released in 2007 it was their only record to be released on a major label namely Warner Brothers.
To these ears it is more poppy than their previous albums and indeed than Jenny Lewis' future solo records and I feel that it probably suffers because of this.
Unsurprisingly given the access to the Warner Brothers publicity machine it was by far their most successful.
However I feel that it does not have the energy and passion of the likes of The Execution of All Things and More Adventurous. I certainly reach for them far more than for this.
It does however have one saving grace namely the songwriting skills and angelic voice of Ms Jenny Lewis

Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker

Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight

And finally a song for Ernie Goggins the original surfer of the zeitgeist

Elton John - Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word


  1. Never warmed to this album. The only track I play these days is 15.

    1. Agreed Drew -I was pretty underwhelmed when I gave it a re-listen in preparation for this post.
      I'm glad it was not the first of their albums I stumbled across as if it was I wouldn't have bothered checking out their earlier stuff which is much better