More Adventurous

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More Adventurous
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 2004
RecordedLate 2003
GenreIndie rock[1]
ProducerMike Mogis, Mark Trombino, Jimmy Tamborello
Rilo Kiley chronology
The Execution of All Things
More Adventurous
Under the Blacklight
Singles from More Adventurous
  1. "It's a Hit"
    Released: July 20, 2004
  2. "Portions for Foxes"
    Released: 2005
  3. "I Never"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB+[1]
The Guardian[5]
The Independent[6]
Rolling Stone[10]

More Adventurous is the third studio album by American indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Released on August 17, 2004 by Brute/Beaute Records, a self-made imprint distributed by Warner Records,[12] it was the band's major label debut.

As of June 2007, sales of the album in the United States had exceeded 173,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[13]

Song information[edit]

"Portions for Foxes" references the bible verse Psalms 63:10.

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

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

"More Adventurous" alludes to a line from Frank O'Hara's "Meditations in an Emergency": "Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there’ll be nothing left with which to venture forth."[14]


Two versions of the album were released: a version in a jewel case, which was sold in stores, and a limited edition (1,000 copies) digipak version sold at the release party and concert for the album.

"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 and was also featured in the first episode of the first season of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy. "More Adventurous" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Wedding Crashers.


The album received critical praise. Noted rock critic Robert Christgau named it the fifth best release of 2004 and later included it in his list of the greatest albums of the 2000-2009 decade, placing it in the twenty-fourth spot.[15][16] Christgau also declared "It's a Hit" song of the year for 2004 and subsequently listed it as the eighth best song of the decade.[17] The album placed fourteenth on the Pazz & Jop poll for 2004.[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."It's a Hit"Jenny LewisMike Mogis4:28
2."Does He Love You?"Lewis, Blake SennettMike Mogis5:14
3."Portions for Foxes"Lewis, SennettMark Trombino4:45
4."Ripchord"SennettMike Mogis2:09
5."I Never"LewisMike Mogis4:33
6."The Absence of God"Lewis, SennettMike Mogis, Mark Trombino3:55
7."Accidntel Deth"LewisJimmy Tamborello4:26
8."More Adventurous"Lewis, SennettMike Mogis3:27
9."Love and War (11/11/46)"LewisMike Mogis3:36
10."A Man/Me/Then Jim"Lewis, SennettMike Mogis5:24
11."It Just Is"LewisMike Mogis, Mark Trombino2:26
Total length:44:06


Additional musicians[edit]

Mike Bloom, Danny Cooksey, 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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 161
U.S. Top Heatseekers Albums 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (August 20, 2004). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Entertainment Weekly: 124.
  2. ^ "Reviews for More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley". Metacritic. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "More Adventurous – Rilo Kiley". AllMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Eells, Josh (August 2004). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Blender (28): 133. Archived from the original on January 18, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Clarke, Betty (January 28, 2005). "Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous". The Guardian. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (January 28, 2005). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous (WEA / Brute/Beaute)". The Independent.
  7. ^ "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Mojo (136): 104. March 2005.
  8. ^ Dahlen, Chris (August 15, 2004). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 3, 2008.
  9. ^ "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Q (223): 102. February 2005.
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (October 14, 2004). "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Rolling Stone. No. 959. p. 94. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2007.
  11. ^ "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Uncut (93): 80. February 2005.
  12. ^ "Rilo Kiley's Lewis Finishes Solo Debut". 20 September 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  13. ^ Hasty, Katie (4 June 2007). "Rilo Kiley Sets Date For Fourth Album". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Haran". 28 December 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Robert Christgau: Pazz & Jop 2004: Dean's List". Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2012-08-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Robert Christgau: Hitting Back: Rilo Kiley". Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Robert Christgau: Pazz & Jop 2004: Critics Poll". Retrieved 29 December 2021.

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