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Under The Blacklight

Rilo Kiley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000QUUE1Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Silver Lining 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Close Call 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Moneymaker 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Breakin' Up 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Under The Blacklight 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dreamworld 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dejalo 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 15 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Smoke Detector 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Angels Hung Around 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Give A Little Love 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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After an eighteen-month hiatus Rilo Kiley follow up their
critically acclaimed debut album `More Adventurous' with Under The
Blacklight, produced by Rilo Kiley & Jason Lader (Vietnam, Jay-Z) and Mike
Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple), the album was recorded in Los Angeles in
autumn/winter 2006 and finds Rilo Kiley at their most robust and dazzling.


There had to have been doubts, after Rilo Kiley lead girl Jenny Lewis’ successful solo sojourn with the Watson Twins (2006’s sumptuous, acclaimed Rabbit Fur Coat album), that she would ever come home to roost. There was no obvious need--she was the recognisable face of the band as it was, and had gone on to distil Rilo Kiley’s sharp-witted alt-country pleasantry down to its roots and add an irresistible wholesomeness, the grace of a bygone age. But we find her back fronting Rilo Kiley, if only to prove that she’s an indie diva on the rise and can wear any boot she sees fit. And here, on Under The Blacklight, we find her in sequinned disco boots ("Breakin’ Up" is like something off Bright Eyes’ Digital Ash album if the benchmark were Donna Summer’s back catalogue), 60s girl group heels (the crying out for its own dance "Smoke Detector"), legwarmers ("Dejalo" is a low-light Gloria Estefan/Madonna-esque strut) and the old fashioned tan suede we were used to (the gorgeous "Close Call" should satisfy anyone who fell in love with "It’s a Hit" from their last record). It’s quite a distinct upturn in style for the band who forge on with steely determination, perhaps at the expense of the soft skinned appeal of More Adventurous, but ensuring that there’s enough momentum to see them safe for a few years yet. --James Berry

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A departure for Rilo Kiley 11 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable. 22 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Given the backlash from long-term Rilo Kiley fans, and a number of disappointing returns from bands and singers that I like recently, I felt a slight air of apprehension towards this album. It is with great relief that I find it to be an enjoyable and fun listen.

Much of what has been said about it is true - a lot of the lyrics have been "dumbed down" when compared to some of their earlier work, and yes their sound has changed. But what people seem to forget is that Rilo Kiley have changed their sound with every album. From the low-fi indie-pop of Take Offs & Landings to the more accomplished indie sound of Execution, through to the beautiful and under-stated folky-indie-pop of More Adventurous. Add in the countryesque influence of Jenny's solo album and the retro sound of The Elected (Blake's other band), and you have a creative force that is always on the move stylistically.

This album is definitely the closest to a mainstream pop sound that the band have ever toyed with, yet it still has substance and you can hear a number of their musical roots throughout it. "Give A Little Love" wouldn't have sounded out of place on their earlier EPs with its heavily synthesised backing, whilst title-track "Under The Blacklight" would have sounded at home on Jenny's solo album. Although the vocal on new single "Silver Lining" is performed by Jenny, it still sounds like it could have appeared on The Elected's last album, and "The Angels Hung Around" could just as easily have appeared on More Adventurous.

Provided you approach this album with no preconceptions of what a Rilo Kiley album "should" be, I think you'll enjoy it. To me it will never be up there with my personal favourite "More Adventurous"; many would argue that it doesn't compare with their first two albums.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Q were right and wrong 19 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I read the review that Q published...I bought it on spec and admit I have played it a lot ever since... Some great songs but I do disagree when they compared it to Steely Dan's Can't Buy A Thrill. The Dan this is not! But shades of Blondie, country and pop ...really catchy infectious songs. Certainly makes me want to explore more of the back catalogue.
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The follow-up to 2004's excellent 'More Adventurous' from the LA-based Rilo Kiley was a highly anticipated release as yet another exceptional album would have proved too much for the music world, as a whole, to ignore. It's with a little sadness that I have to say that 'Under The Blacklight', although being a good album with more than a handful of catchy songs and clever lyrics, isn't the exceptional album I had hoped for.

The first thing that struck me about this album on the first album was the fact that Rilo Kiley had moved towards more of a commercial pop direction, compared to the indieish guitar based previous releases. There are more big basslines and more programmed drumlines to be found here than on any of their other records.

Simply put, it's a good listen and it's full of tunes and riffs which will stick in your head for most of the day after you've heard them. The album's opener the very listenable 'Silver Lining', for example, has a guitar riff which sounds suspiciously like 'My Sweet Lord'. Perhaps 'stealing' from a track which was judged to have unconciously plagarised The Chiffons was a deliberately ironic move, but still, it's too similar to ignore.

Other highlights include 'The Moneymaker', a stomping, powerful track that just oozes sexuality and 'Under The Blacklight', a song which, at first, appears to be synth-driven, but then expands to perhaps the highlight of the album, a sweet, country-tinged track with a goregous vocal delivery by Jenny Lewis.

The rest of the album is merely fairly good and never drops below listenable, although the Blondie-esque 'Dejalo' and the extremely ordinary 'Give A Little Love' come as close to being low points without there really being one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band and a great singer
Great band and a great singer. Love the music. The disc was as good as new and was well packed. It was here very quickly indeed. Thank you all very much.
Published 10 days ago by minoru
5.0 out of 5 stars under the backlight
a must for eveyone, fast efficient service as always and a good resonable price. highly recommended. bought as a gift, they loved it
Published on 5 May 2012 by Susan A. Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars full of little pop gems
I've dipped in and out of Rilo Kiley for a couple of years, and I fully enjoyed Jenny Lewis's solo album 'Rabbit Fur Coat' (which I'd highly recommend). Read more
Published on 22 July 2008 by le chic le freak
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated grown-up pop
I came to `Under the Blacklight' without having heard any of the band's earlier work, but aware of their reputation, and with Uncut's endorsement of the album as "the coolest thing... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by M. G. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop Pap
Bought this on the strength of the first album and the rather wonderful Rabbit Fur Coat, plus a glowing five-star review in Uncut. Heard it and was unsure. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2008 by Twig
5.0 out of 5 stars modern 70's soft rock
a sort of tribute to late 70's era Fleetwood mac but very much in their own style; conjures up powerful and seductive images of a cast of characters
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop bores miss the point
This album highlights what pop and rock is all about. Popular culture at its best. Great tunes,vocals and musicians. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2007 by James Waugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Rumours 2007
Global Megacorps record company - "Well, we kinda like your quirkiness out here in LA, but it ain't playing well in Ohio. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2007 by Jeffrey M. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but runs out of steam towards the end
The first seven tracks of this album are excellent but unfortunately the last 4 are pretty weak, which is a shame considering the whole album only runs for a total of 37 minutes. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2007 by S. Cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower
I'll keep it short as I'll be repeating other reviewers. I love earlier Rilo Kiley. Jenny Lewis' album with the Watson Twins is one of my favourite albums of the last few years. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by Paul
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