The Execution of All Things

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The Execution of All Things
Studio album by Rilo Kiley
Released October 1, 2002
Recorded March 2002
Genre Indie pop, indie rock
Length 47:34
Label Saddle Creek
Producer Mike Mogis
Rilo Kiley chronology
Take-Offs and Landings
The Execution of All Things
More Adventurous

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.

The song "A Better Son/Daughter" was played in the trailer for the first season of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black

This album is the 47th release of Saddle Creek Records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Blender 4/5 stars link
Crawdaddy! (favorable) 2007
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) link
Robert Christgau A [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett, except where noted.

  1. "The Good That Won't Come Out" – 4:31
  2. "Paint's Peeling" – 3:20
  3. "The Execution of All Things" (Ben Boyer, Lewis, Sennett) – 4:13
  4. "So Long" – 5:27
  5. "Capturing Moods" – 3:35
  6. "A Better Son/Daughter" – 4:39
  7. "Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You" – 3:20
  8. "My Slumbering Heart" – 5:36
  9. "Three Hopeful Thoughts" – 2:50
  10. "With Arms Outstretched" – 3:43
  11. "Spectacular Views" – 6:20
  12. "And That's How I Choose to Remember It" - 0:04


Additional musicians[edit]


  1. ^ "Robert Christgau review". MSN Music. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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