Still weeks off from getting the full Under The Blacklight platter from Rilo, but there’s a “Silver Lining” to ease the anticipation. Considerably less porno-funky than “The Moneymaker” — in fact it’s a slice of sugary ’60s soul by comparison — the hook’s got Jenny in love and cheering like a metaphorical metallurgist: “Hooray hooray … I’m your silver lining/Hooray hooray … but now I’m gold.” Cue the old school synths, the drums-and-vocal breakdown, the triangle?! Yep it’s a throwback sugar-pop confection, recasting Jenny as the girl you’re dying to bring home to mama.

Rilo Kiley – “Silver Lining”

Under The Blacklight is out 8/21 on Warner. Below, the Rilo cover.

Comments (157)
  1. Evan  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Wow, it appears to me more and more over time that this record is going to suck so much.

    What we need is another Elected album.

  2. kevin  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    i’m pretty sure that jenny/blake diverting their country tendencies to side projects was the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to rilo kiley.

  3. give it chance.

  4. nancydrew77  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Overproduced.

  5. ave  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    better than the moneymaker, at least.

  6. Spree  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    I like Sarah McLachlan.

  7. Alan Knut  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    While we could all use another Elected album, I think this album will be good.

  8. Wow, way to base an opinion off of two songs. And for the record, “The Moneymaker” is a kick-ass song. I will admit that it sounds nothing like the Rilo Kiley stuff of past records, but it is still a great song. “Silver Lining” didn’t make me turn my head or anything, but neither did the first run through of Kings of Leon’s album, Because of The Times, and now I cannot stop listening to it.

    And the last thing we need is another Elected album. Blake and Jenny sound best writing and singing in the same band.

  9. Thepolemarch  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    With my love for RK, The Moneymaker left me depressed that this album wouldn’t remotely measure up. Glad to hear this one, gives me hope again.

  10. Jesse  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Why does everyone love to hate on Rilo Kiley so much all of a sudden? I really want an answer.

  11. Evan  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    “Why does everyone love to hate on Rilo Kiley so much all of a sudden? I really want an answer.”

    Cause the new songs suck so much.

  12. Stereogum premiere? This album cover was in my email last week.

  13. Imperial FFRR  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    It’s so painfully obviously that Stereogum doesn’t listen to any soul.

  14. Man. Am I the only one who really likes this?

  15. jackie  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    ugh. am really bummed by these new rk songs.

  16. anon  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    My sweet lord…

  17. Jason  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    I have no real issues with this song. Doesn’t exactly blow me away (only one or two on every RK album do), but it’s solid. Pretty soulful, too (although it may or may not be painfully obvious that I don’t listen to soul music either).

  18. steve  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    My Sweet Lord indeed–so who sues them first, George Harrison’s estate or the Chiffons?

    Sigh, I hate being disppointed by bands I like.

  19. oh the album cover is soooo bad. they could have at least done that right :(

  20. Sir  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    I LOVE Sarah McLachlan!

  21. kelly  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    soul? uhhhh….?

    if anything, this ENTIRE album lends itself to 60s pop comparisons — it’s poppy as hell.

    but honestly, i think the kiley’s have just abandoned any sort of seriousness on this album. it almost sounds like one big joke to me — jenny sings one song chorus in SPANISH. other songs are jangly pop numbers about “doing the smoke detector” and how she was “smoking” some guy in bed. “breaking up” is as pop/dance-produced as anything i’ve heard come out of Scandinavia – the chorus is “ooooh, it feels good to be free”. and that sums up this whole album for me. they’re not rilo kiley — they’re a bunch of people who have solo projects who got together to record one last album (i honestly swear this HAS to be it — did anyone else get that vibe from the Filter article?)

    anyway, somehow this is turning into my own blog entry…

  22. erg  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    even jenny sounds bored in this song.

    next, please.

  23. Adam  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    is it too late to rename the record “Less Adventurous”???

  24. FirR  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    MORE SARAH MCLACHLAN!

  25. Setya  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    If I have to base my opinion of the whole CD on this song, yuck. It’s overly glossy and boppy Pop. Why doesnt she just team up with Mariah Carey for a duet?

  26. Sara  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Dreamworld is where it’s at.

  27. not super impressed, but not super bummed out over it either. it’s alright. maybe it will grow on me?

  28. i love jenny & the boys…….hope they come to georgia!!!

  29. Peregrine  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Nice song – makes me think that Under the Blacklight is going to be pretty incohesive, though.

  30. John  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    It’s alright, but I’m not crazy about it. I’m more excited about another album hitting the same day: Over the Rhine’s “The Trumpet Child.” Jazzy folk with seriously soulful vocals. They’re streaming the whole album on http://www.overtherhine.com

  31. Dana  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    I’ve liked all the songs I’ve heard so far. Dreamworld is my favorite one, but this is a great song too. I’m surprised by all the negative comments.

    Kelly, I got the same vibe from the Filter article.

  32. Vinny  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Jenny can do no wrong. She makes Cat Power seem like kibbles ‘n bits. Rilo RULZ.

  33. Keenan  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    While this song sounds nothing like their old stuff, that doesn’t make it bad. I quite like this song and “The Moneymaker”, and I am a huge fan of all of Rilo Kiley’s music, from Initial Friend to More Adventurous. Just because they’re exploring new ways to express themselves and new sounds doesn’t mean that it sounds worse – in fact, I think it’s great that they are all willing to do something different with their music. There’s nothing wrong with Rilo adopting a more poppy sound.

  34. Samantha  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    What really annoys me is when fans cannot accept when their favorite bands continue to evolve and experiment as artists. None of Rilo Kiley’s albums have been like any of the others. Rilo Kiley was and still is an extremely talented group, and their willingness to try new things attests to their versatility.

  35. Ashley  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    This song rocks, and Rilo Kiley is still amazing. Every band deserves a chance to experiment with their sound. Yes, this and the other song are different from the music on their previous albums, but it isn’t as if they are trying to fit in to what is currently popular.

  36. fag  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    good, good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,good,

  37. joey f  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    this is much better than moneymaker anyways. I miss the cynicism… where did it go? But its well done and catchy! I hope the new album contains better tracks

  38. Michael  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    No. I have seen them 3 times. I love almost everything else they have done, regardless of the artisitic leaps and shifting genres. This is one of my fav bands. Both these songs just plain suck. She sounds bored, and uninspired. I think it is classic crossover from indie spirit to real-world drudgery. Marketing, sales figures, tour dates, bottom line, videos, mtv. It happens to the best of them, if they cross over to the other side. Think about it, U2 and Green Day were both great bands…. once. I have tickets to the Orlando show. I hope the other songs are worth the $50 for two tickets I paid. A night of this would depress the hell out of me…

  39. juk  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    There are a few people who need to get a life. Only an absolute prat, or a studio executive, can listen to song once or twice and make a judgement. And we all know how good those studios executives are! Wilco’s yankee hotel foxtrot was released to critical acclaim only after Warner dropped it.

    Really looking forward to the Aussie release!

  40. seth  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    this is okay. she does sound remarkably like sarah mclachlan when she sings “hurray hurray”.

  41. Drew  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    I honestly like this song. Clearly, I’m in the minority. For me, this is simply a catchy little pop tune, and that’s good enough. Lord knows they’ve always been good at that.

    If you don’t like the song because of how it sounds or what it’s expressing, that’s fine. But if the reason you don’t like it is because it’s not living up to your idea of what RK or Jenny should be, then fuck you. They’re not going to do More Adventurous, Part 2. That was 3 years ago. Move the fuck on. Like the sensible people on here have said, RK has evolved with every album. I’m just enjoying the ride.

  42. Me  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Whether you love it or hate it or something in between, the group’s music is always changing. If you don’t like the two songs that have been posted on Stereogum, maybe some of the other songs will do it for you. This album is shaping up to be fairly incoherent, which could be either a good or a bad thing. Or you’ll just have to wait until the next album, when the group has moved on to other styles.

    To whomever said we need a new album by The Elected, you obviously don’t need instructions to know how to rock.

  43. Peter  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    This sounds pretty sweet to me. Good bands evolve and dabble in alternative sounds as they progress. Besides, every nay-sayer here taking the time to post will also take the time to buy the album.

    PS- No one says ‘fuck’ better than Jenny.

  44. dee bag  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    wtf? i want to hear rilo kiley, not some fucking jewel song!

  45. Andrew  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2007 0

    Just because Rilo Kiley is changing their sound doesn’t mean that they suck all of a sudden. It means that they are talented musicians that are versatile and ever changing. Why would we want the same sound every album? I’m happy to hear a new side of RK. This song beautifully showcases Jenny’s luscious voice.

  46. bigphil  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2007 0

    I love this song. It seems like it’s got a little bit of country mixed with the soul sound of “I Never”.

    Much better than the Momneymaker.

    I am a bit dissapointed that there are only 11 tracks. We waited 3 years for this?

  47. Jill  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2007 0

    this sounds more like a song off of Jenny’s album with the Watson twins. I love that album but I guess not all Rilo Kiley fans are familiar with it nor like that sound. But like someone else said in an earlier post, sometimes when you listen to the album later on you find that you like the music much more than when you first heard it.

  48. dee bag  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2007 0

    Originally by Andrew: “Just because Rilo Kiley is changing their sound doesn’t mean that they suck all of a sudden.”

    no, it sucks that they changed their sound to mediocre VH1-drivel bullshit.

    “It means that they are talented musicians that are versatile and ever changing.”

    however, this song does NOT display their full potential and talent they displayed in their past albums.

    “Why would we want the same sound every album?”

    nobody was suggesting having all their albums sounding the same. however, nobody was suggesting having their new album sounding like shit.

    “I’m happy to hear a new side of RK. This song beautifully showcases Jenny’s luscious voice.”

    too bad Jenny sound too much like jewel on this song.

  49. i keep saying this. i’m all for every artist i like trying to grow and evolve to bigger and better places, even if it means that they take their sound in a completely different direction. but in order for the products of this change to be well-executed, the product must be good. in my opinion, the songs we’ve heard so far are not good because things such as lyrics, music, writing, delivery, and production i simply find to be poor. kudos to rilo kiley for trying to spread thier wings. it’s too bad it appears they can’t/didn’t pull it off.

    and why are people so offended when others compare this effort to previous works? of course people are going to do that. it’s not necessarily an “i only want rilo to sound alt-country or twee poppy,” statement. maybe it’s just, “with this previous album rilo kiley’s efforts produced a great work, and i feel this new album does not live up to what they are clearly capable of.”

  50. ave  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2007 0

    ditto deebag & claire. i love RK and i definitely don’t mind them changing their sound. i’ve stuck with their side projects even though i don’t think it’s necessarily as great. i just don’t think they changed for the better in this case.

    it would suck if they decided to go their separate ways and have this be their exit (granted the other 8 songs could be fantastic, but so far it doesn’t look promising).

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