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
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
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
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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