The Execution of All Things
|The Execution of All Things|
|Studio album by Rilo Kiley|
|Released||October 1, 2002|
|Genre||Indie pop, indie rock|
|Rilo Kiley chronology|
The Execution of All Things is the second full length album released by Los Angeles-based indie pop band Rilo Kiley. Expanding on their previous musical sound that mostly incorporated guitars, vocals, percussion and pianos, the album contains heavy electronica sampling mixed into the songs in a rather unusual and displaced-sounding way. Also, unlike their previous tracks which were written in very traditional manners, the lyrics to the songs on Execution are very wordy and read like prose. Musically, the record has a very sunny disposition, with bouncing bass lines and simple melodies complemented by lead singer Jenny Lewis's vocal style, but the upbeat music is generally counterpointed by the often dark and morose subject matter that the lyrics reference. The album was recorded at Saddle Creek Records in Omaha, Nebraska, and the aforementioned features show the influence of that studio's associated Omaha Sound.
The album is also strung together by a song that is broken into pieces and that trails between several tracks. Called "And That's How I Choose to Remember It", it tells the story of Lewis' childhood and her parents' divorce. This theme is visited throughout the album, which is lyrically filled with childhood recollections of loss, displacement, anger and hopelessness.
The songs "So Long" and "Three Hopeful Thoughts" feature lead vocals by Blake Sennett. Lewis sings lead on all other tracks.
The song "With Arms Outstretched" played in the final moments of the series finale of Weeds, just as it had in the pilot.
This album is the 47th release of Saddle Creek Records.
|Pitchfork Media||(7.5/10) link|
|Robert Christgau||A |
- "The Good That Won't Come Out" – 4:31
- "Paint's Peeling" – 3:20
- "The Execution of All Things" (Ben Boyer, Lewis, Sennett) – 4:13
- "So Long" – 5:27
- "Capturing Moods" – 3:35
- "A Better Son/Daughter" – 4:39
- "Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You" – 3:20
- "My Slumbering Heart" – 5:36
- "Three Hopeful Thoughts" – 2:50
- "With Arms Outstretched" – 3:43
- "Spectacular Views" – 6:20
- "And That's How I Choose to Remember It" - 0:04
- Jenny Lewis – vocals, keyboards, guitar
- Blake Sennett – guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Pierre de Reeder – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals
- Jason Boesel – drums, percussion
- Amy Huffman - violin on "The Execution of All Things" and "Capturing Moods"
- Gretta Cohn - cello on "The Execution of All Things" and "Capturing Moods"
- Jiha Lee - flute on "Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight that Surrounds You"
- Kristen Bailey - saw on "And That's How I Choose to Remember It"
- Mike Mogis - pedal steel, guitar, vibraphone and glockenspiel on "The Good That Won't Come Out", pedal steel on "Paint's Peeling", pedal steel and vibraphone on "Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight that Surrounds You", banjo on "And That's How I Choose to Remember It"
- Rick Ricker - French horn on "Capturing Moods" and "My Slumbering Heart"
- Ryan Fox - saxophone on "The Good That Won't Come Out"
- Tim Kasher - accordion on "So Long"
- Boy Choir on "With Arms Outstretched" - Blake Sennett, Jason Boesel, Conor Oberst and A.J. Mogis
- "Robert Christgau review". MSN Music. Retrieved 2013-04-09.