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The Execution of All Things

Author: Kevin Bronson
09/29/2002 | LA Times | www.latimes.com/ | Album Review
From the moment Jenny Lewis' barely sung vocals emerge on the wintry opener, this Los Angeles quartet's sophomore album (due Tuesday) offers a lovely bouquet of idiosyncrasies. What to make of punky shout-outs in a ballad? Of splashes of twang segueing into crashes and crunch? Of a lilting vocalist who drops the F-bomb in a lullaby? Nice arrangement.

Stripped down, every tune here drips with the melodiousness of a folk song or pop ballad. Lewis' keyboards, along with guitars and vocals from co-founder Blake Sennett, create a melange that frames snippets occasionally tingling with the poignancy of a poetry reading. The collection's loose, countrified feel allows Rilo Kiley to get away with a lot, including sudden shifts in volume, some throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks lyrics, a smattering of beeps and pings, horns and strings.

But it's easy to hear what attracted the folks at Omaha's Saddle Creek--which, thanks to artists such as Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and the Faint, ranks as the most scenic cul-de-sac in indie rock. "Execution" makes you want to hum. Rilo Kiley plays the Echo on Tuesday with Elliott Smith.