More Adventurous

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More Adventurous
Studio album by Rilo Kiley
Released August 17, 2004
Recorded Late 2003
Genre Indie rock, alt country, folk, indie pop
Length 44:06
Label Brute/Beaute Records
Producer Mike Mogis, Mark Trombino, and Jimmy Tamborello
Rilo Kiley chronology
The Execution of All Things
(2002)
More Adventurous
(2004)
Under the Blacklight
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Music Box 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork (6.7/10) [4]
Robert Christgau (positive)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [6]

More Adventurous is the third full length album released by Los Angeles based band Rilo Kiley. The album, released on August 17, 2004, marks a significant change in the band's sound with the goal of being "more adventurous" than their previous music. The effort paid off by increasing the group's audience and garnering critical praise; noted rock critic Robert Christgau, initially naming the album the fifth best release of 2004, included it in his recap of the greatest albums of the 2000-2009 decade, placing it at the twenty-fourth spot.[7][8] Christgau also declared "It's a Hit" song of the year for 2004, subsequently declaring it the eight best song of the decade.[9] The album eventually placed at the fourteenth spot in the Pazz & Jop ballot for 2004.[10]

Two versions of the album were released: the regular store-sold version in a normal jewel case and a limited edition digipak version (1,000 copies) sold at the album's release party and concert.

"Accidntel Deth" was produced by Jimmy Tamborello, known for his work in The Postal Service and as Dntel (which explains the unusual spelling of the title).

"Ripchord" and "It Just Is" were written in response to the death of Elliott Smith.

"I Never" and "Ripchord" were included in several feature films including Must Love Dogs, Conversations with Other Women, and John Tucker Must Die. "Portions for Foxes" is included as part of the Rock Band 3 soundtrack. "More Adventurous" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Wedding Crashers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's a Hit" (Lewis) – 4:28
  2. "Does He Love You?" (Lewis, Sennett) – 5:14
  3. "Portions for Foxes" (Lewis, Sennett) – 4:45
  4. "Ripchord" (Sennett) – 2:09
  5. "I Never" (Lewis) – 4:33
  6. "The Absence of God" (Lewis, Sennett) – 3:55
  7. "Accidntel Deth" (Lewis) – 4:26
  8. "More Adventurous" (Lewis, Sennett) – 3:27
  9. "Love and War (11/11/46)" (Lewis) – 3:36
  10. "A Man/Me/Then Jim" (Lewis, Sennett) – 5:24
  11. "It Just Is" (Lewis) – 2:26

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard 200 [11] 161
U.S. Top Heatseekers Albums [11] 7

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Mike Bloom, Amy Huffman, Clint Wheeler, Jamie Williams, Jon Hischke, Kianna Alarid, Mike Mogis, Nate Lefeber, Nate Walcott, Neely Jenkins, Nick White, No Better Cause, Rick Ricker, Summit Strings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ Music Box review
  4. ^ Dahlen, Chris (August 15, 2004). "Rilo Kiley More Adventurous > Review". PitchforkMedia. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (October 14, 2004). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous > Review". Rolling Stone (959). p. 94. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.  Posted on September 22, 2004.
  7. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/pnj/deans04.php
  8. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/list/rs00.php
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/pnj/pjres04.php
  11. ^ a b [2]

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