Take Offs and Landings

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Take Offs and Landings
Studio album by Rilo Kiley
Released July 31, 2001
Genre Indie pop, indie rock
Length 50:39
Label Rilo Records Barsuk Records
Producer Rilo Kiley
Rilo Kiley chronology
The Initial Friend E.P.
(1999)
Take Offs and Landings
(2001)
The Execution of All Things
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (4.0/10) [2]

Take Offs and Landings is Rilo Kiley's debut full-length album, originally released in 2001 under the vanity label "Rilo Records," then shortly thereafter on the independent label Barsuk Records. It was re-released in 2007 and released for the first time on vinyl on March 15, 2011.

Of Rilo Kiley's albums, Take Offs and Landings contains the most songs sung by band member Blake Sennett, who sings lead on "August," "Small Figures In A Vast Expanse," "Rest of My Life," and a hidden track. Jenny Lewis sings lead on the other tracks, except for two "Variations on a Theme" tracks, which are instrumental.

The album's hidden track, which did not appear on the first pressing, is officially titled "Spectacular Views." However, since a later Rilo Kiley song (the closing track to The Execution of All Things) has the same name, it is often referred to as "Salute My Shorts!," in reference to Sennett's acting role on the television show Salute Your Shorts.

Track listing[edit]

Rilo Records Edition (all songs written by Lewis and Sennett)

  1. "Go Ahead" – 3:34
  2. "Science vs. Romance" – 5:43
  3. "Wires and Waves" – 3:17
  4. "Pictures of Success" – 6:51
  5. "August" – 3:18
  6. "Bulletproof" – 1:57
  7. "Plane Crash in C" – 5:11
  8. "Small Figures in a Vast Expanse" – 3:19
  9. "Don't Deconstruct" – 2:37
  10. "Always" – 4:00
  11. "We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try)" – 2:54
  12. "Rest of My Life" – 2:10
  13. "Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)" – 1:35

Barsuk Records Edition (all songs written by Lewis and Sennett)

  1. "Go Ahead" – 3:34
  2. "Science vs. Romance" – 5:43
  3. "Wires and Waves" – 3:17
  4. "Pictures of Success" – 6:51
  5. "August" – 3:18
  6. "Bulletproof" – 1:57
  7. "Plane Crash in C" – 5:11
  8. "Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance)" – 0:36
  9. "Small Figures in a Vast Expanse" – 3:19
  10. "Don't Deconstruct" – 2:37
  11. "Always" – 4:00
  12. "We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try)" – 2:54
  13. "Rest of My Life" – 2:10
  14. "Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)" – 1:35
  15. "Spectacular Views (Salute MY Shorts!)"

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Phillip Watt - trumpet on "Pictures of Success," "Plane Crash in C," and "Don't Deconstruct"
  • Alex Greenwald - synths on "Pictures of Success" and "Plane Crash in C"
  • Shana Levy - keyboard on "Go Ahead"
  • Larissa Brantner - violin on "Don't Deconstruct" and "Rest of My Life"
  • Aram Arsalanian - keyboard on "Plane Crash in C"
  • Ben Boyer - drums on "We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Take Offs and Landings at AllMusic
  2. ^ Fields, Alison. "Rilo Kiley: Take Offs and Landings". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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