Pin It
Favorite

CD Reviews 

Rilo Kiley


Under the Blacklight


3 Stars





& lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne thing always used to happen like clockwork on a Rilo Kiley record: there would be a point at which all the impotent rage behind the cutesy pop would suddenly burst forth. Jenny Lewis would stop being sweet and switch to pure guttural emotion, and Blake Sennett would step on his '80s-guitar-solo pedal and go to town. It was a lovely thing to behold.





Pity it doesn't happen anywhere on Under the Blacklight, the band's fourth album and the one on which they finally decide to be a pop band instead of a rock band. Traces of folksy country remain, but added to the mix are funk, soul, and '80s Casio balladry. This is a surprising move for a band that's just jumped to a major label - they've actually gotten quieter. They've lost some energy, too; maybe getting a little soft is a natural part of a band's evolution.


--JOEL HARTSE


DOWNLOAD: "Smoke Detector"








Tegan and Sara


The Con


3 Stars





& lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he follow-up album is a beast in its own right. The challenge of recreating the popular success of previous efforts without essentially regurgitating the former tempts artists to wander into the ridiculous, often with equally ridiculous results. Experimentation for the sake of experimentation is admirable, but foolish if the songs do not possess transcendent qualities that justify the effort.





The Con is a record of more maturity and vision. Death Cab fans will immediately notice Chris Walla's deft stamp. As co-producer, he helps create pop gold. "Back in Your Head" and "The Con" flow along the familiar avenues of synth-driven contemplations of love lost and the melancholic joys found therein.





If a complaint must be registered, the glossy sheen of the entirety sucks a great deal of life out of the songs. But that is music today, folks. At least the surface does not completely diminish the substance.


--CAREY MURPHY


Download: "Back in Your Head"
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Growing Pains
  • Growing Pains

    When the only constant is change itself, we'd best saddle up and make the most of it
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Access for Sale?
  • Access for Sale?

    Trail Mix: Clinton's shaky Foundation, Trump's questionable staffers
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Why I'm With Her
  • Why I'm With Her

    Ignore the chants: Hillary Clinton has earned America's trust from her life of public service
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Gathering At The Falls Powwow

Gathering At The Falls Powwow @ Riverfront Park

Sat., Aug. 27, 1-5 & 7-11 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 12-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • 'Unreasonable Threat to Life and Property'

    Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • 'End of Story'

    Condon administration aims to close the controversial Frank Straub chapter — but last week's scathing report has irrevocably changed the narrative
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


election 2016


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


Readers also liked…

  • Grit and Will
  • Grit and Will

    How we move beyond the Rachel Dolezal sideshow
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • People vs. Machines
  • People vs. Machines

    It's time to end the war on people
    • Jan 14, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation