Rilo Kiley
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Los Angeles-based Rilo Kiley, fronted by vocalist and keyboardist Jenny Lewis and vocalist and guitarist Blake Sennet, play country-pop music for the generation of the economic boom on Take Offs and Landings (Barsuk, 1999). The tone turned more nervous and fragile on The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek, 2002), their artistic peak.

More Adventurous (Brute, 2004) boasts a much more professional sound and veers decisevely towards the pop ballad (Portions For Foxes) with renewed mass appeal but little artistic value.

Blake Sennet launched a new career under the monicker Elected.

Rilo Kiley's Under The Black Light (Warner, 2007) further streamlined their concept of mellow living-room muzak that draws from all sorts of genres (country, disco, folk-rock, soul, pop, hard-rock,...). Songs such as Silver Lining and The Moneymaker coined the easy-listening version of alt-rock, closer to Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan than to the 2000s. It is mostly a Jenny Lewis show, arranged to suit the taste of the middle class.

Rilo Kiley's vocalist Jenny Lewis debuted solo with Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love, 2006) with a star-studded cast, followed by Acid Tongue (Warner Bros, 2008), that contained more morbid confessions about her turbulent lifestyle in a melodic and mildly psychedelic rock style, and then by The Voyager (Warner, 2014), mostly produced by Ryan Adams, that excels at the vibrant, upbeat, country-rock of Head Underwater and at the slow, martial, country-rock of Just One of the Guys.

In between she also collaborated with Jonathan Rice on Jenny and Johnny's mediocre I'm Having Fun Now (2010), produced by Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis.

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