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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new band - get into them before the others do!
This is a really hard album to review and justify the 5-star rating, because if I just describe it to you then it sounds nuthin' special - American indie band, jangly guitars, a few keyboards, label-mates with Bright Eyes, nothing that makes it sound special to you out there reading this...
...BUT...
... IT IS. It really is. Partly because of the female vocals -...
Published on 25 Jan 2005 by J. Everington

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings
Rilo Kiley aspire to transcendency with their debut, being all kooky and that and it's certainly interesting. However, Blake Sennett's voice or the songs he sings lead on were irritating at this point and some of the Jenny Lewis-lead songs just meander aimlessly. The band would put things in a brighter and better with the follow up, The Execution of All Things.
Published on 9 Sep 2006 by L. Omelasz


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new band - get into them before the others do!, 25 Jan 2005
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J. Everington (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Take Off and Landings (Audio CD)
This is a really hard album to review and justify the 5-star rating, because if I just describe it to you then it sounds nuthin' special - American indie band, jangly guitars, a few keyboards, label-mates with Bright Eyes, nothing that makes it sound special to you out there reading this...
...BUT...
... IT IS. It really is. Partly because of the female vocals - saracstic and sweet, clever and melodic, you get a real sense of a real personality, not the normal hushed female vocals. The lyrics are brilliant in places. The other great thing about this album is that it works as AN ALBUM - themes are repeated in the lyrics, as well as two 'Variations on a Theme' tracks that revisit previous songs.
Anyway, I'll admit to being a bandwagon-jumper myself - i've heard this only recently, but it was so good that it made me order the other 2 albums straight away after 1st listen. It's years since I've done that before...
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOAL is no TOIL, 20 July 2007
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To see this album blighted by anything less than 5 stars overall is a crime against music and I'm submitting this to try and redress the balance. If you remotely like the band and you want to know where it all started (actually it didn't start here, they released what's known as the First Pressing, Second Pressing and Initial Friend EPs but you get the point) then don't be put off by anything you've read here.

Everything that makes RK what it is today was in place and evident on this album. Jenny's beautiful soulful countrified vocals and intelligent, thoughtful and witty lyrics (superb use of the `f' word too) mixed with great melodies and tunes. Okay maybe the production doesn't sound quite as rich as it did by the time of More Adventurous but who cares if the songs are good enough and they are: `Pictures of Success' and `Go Ahead' are still mainstays of their live act 6 years on and do not sound out of place at all. As with the follow up, EOAT, you also get more of Blake's vocals but, after a period of adjustment, that's no bad thing for a bit of variety.

There is a real ambition on this record. An ambition that was followed through on EOAT and then More Adventurous. So don't deny yourself the luxury of hearing where it came from.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings, 9 Sep 2006
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L. Omelasz "brekkie_tiffs" (Dundee, UK) - See all my reviews
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Rilo Kiley aspire to transcendency with their debut, being all kooky and that and it's certainly interesting. However, Blake Sennett's voice or the songs he sings lead on were irritating at this point and some of the Jenny Lewis-lead songs just meander aimlessly. The band would put things in a brighter and better with the follow up, The Execution of All Things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come fly with me, 2 Mar 2011
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Unfortunately Rilo Kiley now seem to just be known as the band Jenny Lewis used to be in, which is sad because they're really much better than that. Jenny subsequently immersed herself in a more country style of music but in my opinion her best work was done as lead singer with Rilo Kiley. The music here does have a vague country tint but is also much more eclectic and dark with lyrics such as "sometimes planes they smash up in the sky, sometimes lonely hearts just get lonelier". Jenny obviously has a lovely voice but the few tracks that feature Blake are equally good (although "august" is a bit lightweight!) and more importantly backing all of this up are some cracking guitar solos and you even get a few touches of brass. As per the title of this cd, take offs and landings are always the most thrilling (for good or for bad) part of flying and the music herein confirms those thrills. Well worth a ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2014
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