Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


Rilo Kiley
- RKIVES

As their final farewell, Rilo Kiley’s Rkives is a send off that’s suitably mournful, sprinkled with memories and promises of what could have been.

Apr 17th 2013 | Label: Little Record Company
After 2007's pop record gone wrong Under the Blacklight, the rumblings of a new Rilo Kiley release were met with equal parts glee and misgivings. Would it be another disappointment or a final return to form? In truth, it was both; Rkives is a collection of unreleased songs, rarities and b-sides from the length of the band's career. \

The poetic guitars of Let Me Back In lead us into Jenny Lewis's seductive vocals, soaked in the ache of a love hate relationship with her hometown as she croons, “no matter how cruel I've been, L.A., you always let me back in”. With nine previously unreleased tracks, Lewis' vocals dominate with all the sadness, broken promises and heartbreak you'd expect of a child star turned indie goddess. All the Drugs is an early highlight as recognizably bright sparkling guitars straddle the alt-country/indie boundary punctuated with Lewis's customary dark lyrics. The nature of an archive allows a few tracks that weaken the mix.

The remix of Dejalo featuring Too $hort is a case in point – a far cry from the band that ruled the Barsuk/Saddlecreek golden era of indie alongside Bright Eyes and Death Cab for Cutie. Well, You Left and I Remember You feature Blake Sennett's divisive vocals, always a little grating following Lewis's deep soothing tone. Meanwhile American Wife looks back to a more timid Lewis ala Take Offs And Landings as she sings “it may sound depressing, it's just a life lesson, in the bartering, gambling life”. As their final farewell, Rilo Kiley's Rkives is a send off that's suitably mournful, sprinkled with memories and promises of what could have been.

Comments

Related Articles


Album > Review

Rilo Kiley RKIVES Brendan Telford

Rilo Kiley RKIVES Brendan Telford


Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>Rolling Stones @Adelaide Oval</span><br />

Rolling Stones @Adelaide Oval

<span>Bob Log lll</span><br />The Gasometer

Bob Log lll
The Gasometer

<span>Hilltop Hoods</span><br />Hordern Pavilion

Hilltop Hoods
Hordern Pavilion

<span>Ball Park Music</span><br />Astor Theatre

Ball Park Music
Astor Theatre

<span>The Rolling Stones Press Shoot</span><br />Adelaide Oval

The Rolling Stones Press Shoot
Adelaide Oval

<span>The Blurst Of Times Festival</span><br />

The Blurst Of Times Festival

<span>Out On The Weekend Festival</span><br />

Out On The Weekend Festival

<span>Allday</span><br />Fowlers Live

Allday
Fowlers Live

<span>Thirsty Merc</span><br />The Basement

Thirsty Merc
The Basement

this week's magazine

Digital Version
Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley Big Sky Blues Festival BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Manifest Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta WAM Festival WOMAdelaide Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen