Reviews

The Execution of All Things

Author: Andrew Miller
12/24/2002 | Pitch Weekly | www.pitch.com | Album Review
top 100 of 2002--#98
The second album from Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley is a hit-or-miss affair, but when it hits, it hits hard, with twangy, tough-edged pop balladry that's more sincere than Liz Phair and more upbeat than Ida. Singer Jenny Lewis' voice is most often described as sweet or sunny -- perhaps because she's a former child star (Troop Beverly Hills, anyone?). But her ability to shift between heated shouts and desperate whispers lends her voice a weighty quality -- particularly on the marvelous "With Arms Outstretched."