CD Review: Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley
Under the Blacklight
Warner Bros.
By David Chiu

The recent Fleetwood Mac comparison, as made by Spin, about this L.A. band is somewhat justified: Under the Blacklight definitely has a very commercial, poppy and bouncy southern California sound. It has drawn some mixed reviews but it’s for the most part a solid album. It’s stylistically diverse from the funk rock groove of “The Moneymaker” to the ‘60s-styled pop tune “Smoke Detector; Breakin’ Up is a such a feel-good pop song despite the heartache evoked in the lyrics. Longtime fans not impressed with their new direction should be satisfied with material like “Silver Lining” and the country-fied “15”.


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