More Adventurous

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More Adventurous
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous.jpg
Studio album by Rilo Kiley
Released August 17, 2004
Recorded Late 2003
Genre Indie rock[1]
Length 44:06
Label Brute/Beaute Records, Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mogis, Mark Trombino, Jimmy Tamborello
Rilo Kiley chronology
The Execution of All Things
(2002)The Execution of All Things2002
More Adventurous
Under the Blacklight
(2007)Under the Blacklight2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
The Independent 5/5 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

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.[12][13] Christgau also declared "It's a Hit" song of the year for 2004, subsequently declaring it the eighth best song of the decade.[14] The album eventually placed at the fourteenth spot in the Pazz & Jop ballot for 2004.[15]

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

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

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
U.S. Billboard 200[17] 161
U.S. Top Heatseekers Albums[17] 7

As of 2007, sales in the United States have exceeded 173,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[18]


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

See also[edit]


Nashville songwriter/producer, Shane Tutmarc released cover of Portions for Foxes as a single in March 2013. Tutmarc's music video features clips from the Twilight Zone.[19]


  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). "Album: Rilo Kiley". 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 (959): 94. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous". Uncut (93): 80. February 2005. 
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