Album Review: Rilo Kiley - RKives

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For this review I went in completely blind, I know of the decade strong career of the LA based rockers but had never listened to any of their stuff before. However, in the aftermath of listening to this sixteen track album based entirely around unreleased tracks and B-sides, I must say I feel like I have been missing out. If their 3 albums before hand are as good as this album is then I am pretty certain I have just found my new favorite band. Melodically brilliant; not a single bad track - just an absolute gem of an album.

With opening track 'Let Me Back In', you are teased with a slow and methodical tune that is the perfect stepping stone to show any one who hasn't listened before two main things. The first being just how much of a unique sound they produce; it is subtle in all the right ways, completely understated and a sheer delight to listen to. This opening track also shows just how much of a powerful and commanding voice lead singer Jenny Lewis has. Luckily, the second, song then the third song, then the whole album keep up this delicious high standard - it never falters. Each song is on par, or better than the one that followed it.

Easily the best thing about this album is not the incredible vocals, or the brilliant song writing. It is the fact that you never know what you are going to get, if you took, for example, 'Bury, Bury, Bury Another' and then played it after my favorite track on the album 'A Town Called Luckey', you wouldn't be able to tell that they were off the same album. While some people may not like this progression of sound in one album, personally I believe it to be mind blowing how one band can master so many different sounds. From the calm and collective to the almost prog rock - it ticks all boxes.

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this album, mainly as I had no idea what to expect. It has evolved into my favourite album of the year so far and is a sheer joy to listen to from start to end. Now I'm going to go off and listen to Rilo Kiley's older album and pray they get back together at some point as this band is truly something else. 

Mark Wiglesworth

I am a student at the University of Portsmouth doing a Journalism and Media Studies degree who has an absolute passion for anything involving films or music. Give me any piece of media, I will do my best to review it.

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