Rkives (CD)


Rilo Kiley

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Amoeba Review

04/01/2013

Given Blake Sennett comparing Rilo Kiley’s status to that of a toe-tagged morgue denizen and Jenny Lewis keeping plenty busy on her own and in Jenny & Johnny, it’s fair to say the odds-and-ends collection RKives could be it for Rilo Kiley fans. Thankfully, it’s more than an assortment of tossed-off tracks and low-quality demos; many of these songs rival those found on the band’s four studio albums. Some of them actually baffle as to why they’re just being released now — though somewhat repetitive, “It’ll Get You There” features a classic Lewis belted chorus; and “Runnin’ Around” is catchy enough to soundtrack a teen soap (as RK did plenty of in their time) with its Pixies-ish stomp. Lewis’ “are we rolling” commentary opening “Bury, Bury, Bury Another” actually makes the song seem more genuine as a seemingly off-the-cuff country jam. And the inclusion of “The Frug,” the first song from the band’s first EP, rounds out the set as a welcome bit of nostalgia. Barring a bizarre (not in a good way) remix of “Dejalo” featuring Too $hort, with rapping and terrible Spanish from Lewis, RKives is surprisingly consistent and holds together as a set. And as a reminder of a band that was never quite in step with their surroundings but who’ve gone on to influence artists like Best Coast, RKives is a more than worthy swan song.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Let Me Back In
Rilo Kiley 04:23
2.
It'll Get You There
Rilo Kiley 05:02
3.
Runnin' Around
Rilo Kiley 02:56
4.
All The Drugs
Rilo Kiley 03:45
5.
Bury, Bury Bury Another
Rilo Kiley 03:29
6.
Well, You Left
Rilo Kiley 06:17
7.
Draggin' Around
Rilo Kiley 03:24
8.
I Remember You
Rilo Kiley 04:16
9.
Dejalo (Zondo Remix) [featuring Too $hort]
Rilo Kiley , Too $hort 03:35
10.
A Town Called Luckey
Rilo Kiley 06:43
11.
Emotional
Rilo Kiley 03:52
12.
American Wife
Rilo Kiley 04:36
13.
Patiently
Rilo Kiley 03:08
14.
Rest Of My Life [Demo]
Rilo Kiley 03:52
15.
About The Moon
Rilo Kiley 03:09
16.
The Frug
Rilo Kiley 02:40

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