Bands To Watch #88: Rilo Kiley

By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 12:30 pm

Rilo KileyI’ll be honest. It wouldn’t be unlike me to receive an album and not bother to listen to it all the way through, only stopping to hear the tracks that people have recommended. Well, I was given a Rilo Kiley album two days ago and had to do the hard work myself to discover which were the best tracks on the record. You may have guessed that once I started the album, I didn’t dare touch the skip button.

From the moment you hear Jenny Lewis’s vocals and the melodic yet slightly untamed guitar melodies, it’s near impossible to stop the track. Jenny is indeed blessed with a versatile voice but the added attitude and emotion you get in her performance is something to aspire to.

There are so many tracks I could recommend but the following three have a little extra spice to them. “Portions For Foxes” has a steady up tempo beat and tight guitar playing features throughout. “Dreamworld” is a little slower to get off the mark but it is well worth the wait to listen to Jenny’s and guitarist Blake’s voices interact. But for me, “Silver Lining” tops them all with a sensual slightly jazz feel about it.

I wouldn’t expect a Rilo Kiley track to make it into the top 10, but I would expect to see the albums in that league. From start to finish, the records are consistantly well composed with a little wild spice here and there to jazz it up. Certainly a band to listen to, let alone watch.

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