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Under The Blacklight (Standard Version)

Under The Blacklight (Standard Version)

20 Aug 2007
3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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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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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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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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Succulently sleazy with a wicked spirit this is a tremendous surprise. There's a lot to be said for the shambolic bits Rilo Kiley left in their first two albums, but there's a lot to be said too for them cutting it out and streamlining everything to this sleek wonder. You can, after all, always go back and listen to the old records when you're more in that sort of a mood.

They sound like they were having fun when they made this. The soulful backing singers are a great move, presumably inspired by the Watson Twins. Breakin' Up should be a hit, Moneymaker has a fine groove and deserves a good remix, same for Close Call. There's a directness and a bounce to these songs that's so infectious when compared to too many bands replicating their old efforts and getting deeper into introspective angst. But if you do prefer their older stuff then there are still tracks like Under the Blacklight, 15 and Give a Little Love, but they too have been given a shiny new gloss.

I've got to say these songs made more sense live than on record but that was true of Rabbit Fur Coat too. Smoke Detector in particular benefits a lot from seeing Jenny's little shimmying dance. But their sound is a much harder now, and a lot more focused.

It's not perfect, Dejalo is filler and The Angels Hung Around is slightly better but still filler. Blake's song Dreamworld is ok, if only he had a stronger voice to give it more character. It's trying to be a light Fleetwood Mac type number, he's obviously been listening to Tusk and Mirage.

In the main, though, it's wonderful stuff. Who knows it may even get you off your arse and dancing, possibly even doing the Smoke Detector.
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