I have been a huge fan of Rilo Kiley for the past few years, ever since hearing the sublime It's a Hit. I loved their slightly dishevelled, college folk/rock stylings.
This album however, well it's as though a different band made it. It's so polished you could see your face in it! The lyrics aren't as punchy, and if it wasn't for Jenny's distinctive angelic vocals, I wouldn't have guessed it was Rilo Kiley at all!.
However... this doesn't mean I don't like it - in fact the opposite is true, I think it's a real pop gem. People are so disparaging of pop music, but that's only because of 'artists' such as Madonna - real pure pop is excellent, and Rilo Kiley prove this on 'Under The Black Light'.
The opener 'Silver Lining' is a dreamy, beautiful intro to the album, I loved it from the minute I heard it. Other highlights for me are the absolutely fantastic Smoke Detector (how can other reviewers not like it?!) - which has a 60s surfy style to it, and is so catchy, you'll be singing and clapping along to it...
I was also pleasantly surprised by 'Dreamworld' as I hated Blake's vocals on 'August' on the last album. It's got a Fleetwood Mac-esque sound to it, which is no bad thing, as they produced some fine pop music.
I don't hate any of the tracks on UTBL, although am not a big fan of Moneymaker, it's just a bit too slow & dreary for my liking!
All in all, I'd say it's a solid effort, and a good addition to any Rilo Kiley fan's collection... I had to give it 4 stars though, as it just isn't quite in the same league as More Adventurous.