Rilo Kiley’s latest never leaked, but it did start streaming over at MySpace today. So fire up those blogging fingers. We haven’t spent too much time with Blacklight just yet, but we hear some Rabbit Fur Coat in “Silver Lining,” some disco in “The Moneymaker,” and a lotta Fleetwood Mac (in a good way) in “Dreamworld.” The title track’s hooky chorus is a highlight, but “15″’s satiric sleaze is not working. Take a listen for yourself. We’re ready for you to shout out in the comments how much you hate change and how lucky Johnathan Rice is.

Comments (81)
  1. JON  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    Hot CD, summery songs. Dig it. Polished, for sure. But who cares. Jenny Lewis is the bomb.

  2. aaron  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    i really like it. i never listen to rilo kiley before, but they new cd is really good. i’m waiting for someone to get this leaked so i can put it on my ipod.

  3. jake  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    i don’t care what people say, i actually like the moneymaker and this album’s really good.

  4. Sean  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    Oddly enough I just stumbled upon this by chance before checking to see if it was posted up on here. I am 4 songs in and it really blows. It sounds so hokey. Too many background singers….ug. Please get better as it goes on.

  5. bailey  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    it’s absolutely different from the rest of their albums, and for me it took some time to warm up to it, but so far i like it a lot.

  6. Sean  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    Still not liking it that much. I could warm up to it, but some of the songs are so hokey I don’t know if I can get past that.

    That being said, great sound on Smoke detector. Real nice tight 60s/70s sound to it.

  7. Brian  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    awful. just awful. I mourn the fall of my favorite band.

  8. Dave  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    wow, i actually like the poppyness of it. i’ve always like rilo kiley, but there cd’s seemed very hit or miss. this album i think works better as a whole than their previous works. Especially “More Adventurous”

  9. Dave  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    wow, i actually like the poppyness of it. i’ve always liked rilo kiley, but their cds seem very hit or miss. this album i think works better as a whole than their previous works. Especially more so than “More Adventurous”

  10. Sean  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    oh my god. That last song. Give a Little Love. I just barfed on myself. Holy shit who is this band?

  11. lilz233  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    how can everyone hate this album! it’s so different, but it’s still really good. now someone tell em where i can download it!

  12. Vinny  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    I’m still not sure what to think…it’s very back and forth in my head (between “wait, what?” and “ok, fine be that way”. I feel so confused. so lost.


  13. Blu  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    Pretty good, from what I’ve heard so far.
    Jenny’s voice has gone from ‘sticky sweet’ to just ‘sweet’.

  14. What a let down.

    I dig “The Moneymaker” for its stabs at Some Girls-era Stones; “Silver Lining” is more Fleetwood Mac than “Dreamworld”; the back up singers. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT ALL ABOUT.

    And the last song … Debbie Gibson much?

  15. don bincente  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    sorry, but this is the worst i heard on stgum…
    im not the demo for this, but this is one of many reasons american music is in such shambles…
    if this is altrock then alternative is suburan mall.cute girl & creepy guys w/ gutiars kewl

  16. This is certainly a different kind of album for Rilo Kiley: a really bad one. Show me that great lyric or that unexpected hook on UTB, because I can’t find it. It’s not that the band changed, and it’s not even so much that I am growing out of them… it’s more that it just sounds like everything else. And it’s certainly not the mainstream coming around to Jenny. This doesn’t sound interesting, innovative or even as if they tried to do anything but sell a record that the average mallchick would like. And, hey, maybe their mom will get into it as well! SO middle of the road that the new Smashing Pumpkins sounds edgy in comparison.

  17. chris  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    yeah, this is great mom rock. i hope a song gets onto grey’s anatomy hollaaaaa.

  18. omg  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    Yeah, this one’s definitely not ashamed that it’s trying to attract a wider audience. On the whole, it’s a fun pop record, nothing more. It’s like the indie version of Fall Out Boy- all sheen, no substance.

    On a positive note, I just downloaded “The Execution of All Things” and I’m thinking ‘Why the fuck didn’t I get this sooner’?

  19. Greil Marcus  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    What is this shit?

  20. matty ice  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2007 0

    yeah, “the execution of all things” is their best, by far.
    i’m going to pretend this album isn’t being released and live in a happy dream world where rilo kiley doesn’t suck.

  21. Full FLAC, 320 & V0 rip up on Oink now.

  22. Oe  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    The vocal melody during the verses of “Dreamworld” reminds me of parts of “Dancing in the Dark.” I also hear something else in it that I can’t immediately place. It sounds glaringly unoriginal.

  23. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    TOTALLY different from all of their past material (Jenny clearly got burnt out on the country after the solo album), but ya know, i dig it. Less diversity than any of their other albums, but i think it’s a little more cohesive as a whole for that reason. Besides, i already have Execution of All Things and listen to it constantly. I don’t need them to rerecord that album.

  24. ave  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    god. just because someone doesn’t like this album, doesn’t mean that he/she hates change. change is not always good. there’s always the possibility of changing for the worse.

    i love Execution and More Adventurous but even i’m getting tired of hearing those songs for the past 3 years (in addition to listening to other stuff of course). i’m all for a happier sounding, upbeat and dancey Rilo Kiley, but this just feels regressive. so far the only song i find myself liking is Close Call and maybe Breakin’ Up (if it wasn’t for those horrible background singers).

  25. i love this…..

  26. so so record, don’t really know what to say . .

  27. dee bag  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    why does the link take me to a stream of a linkin park album instead?

  28. minnie_music  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    wow. remind me to get this album for my mom when it comes out. jeez…talk about adult contemp. what a shame, jenny lewis used to be so cool (see: the Wizard)

    rehashed, regurgitated shite. rilo might as well tour with david gray.

  29. fatso  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    the cd is a mess. it seems like no direction to the recording other than ‘let’s just try to be as catchy as possible’.

    what a major disappointment; their earlier two records as well jenny’s solo record and the last elected record were all fantastic i thought. the strength of those records too – their coherence – is totally missing here. what the fuck? i seriously hope they had a good time recording, ’cause they’re gonna get savaged in the reviews. or at least they should be savaged in said reviews.

    fuck. i can’t believe i chose to go and see them over the national in a couple weeks (my limited budget these days limits the number of shows i can go too).

  30. Mrs. Featherbottom  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    Don’t lie, Shitgum. It leaked 2 days ago.

  31. evelyn bateman  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    Wow, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be, based on Give a Little Love and Moneymaker. Still not exactly good, though.

    This is gonna get really shitty reviews.

  32. annie onymous  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    i dont HATE the album but im not rushing out to pick it up either. theres tiny flashes of the rilo that we know and love, but they dont occur nearly often enough. silver lining is still bitchin’ tho.

  33. ackshally  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    actually, this record is getting almost unequivocally STELLAR reviews. from all the major publications (four stars in rollling stone, four and a half in blender, five in Uncut, four in Q, four in mojo, four in spin………….

  34. har har  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    i hate change. johnathan rice is so lucky.

  35. Haley  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    I don’t hate change.

    But this is awful.

  36. Sean  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    Rolling Stone is completely irrelevant. As is Blender. Rolling Stone gave Weezer’s last record a great review. Enough said.

  37. Jarrett  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    What Sean said is right on. In fact, it seems like Rilo Kiley has become the new Weezer; good first album, FANTASTIC second album, third and fourth albums are crappy. Granted, their third and fourth albums aren’t nearly as bad as Weezer’s. I can actually listen to More Adventurous, but the point remains the same. This CD (so far) seems vapid and soulless. It’s bordering on unlistenable. I want the old Rilo Kiley I loved to come back.

  38. Allan  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    I think if it were any band other then Rilo Kiley I would love it. It’s REALLY good music. But when I heard new Rilo Kiley was due out I was excited for the freshness and catchiness and originality that I have come to love in the past. I think the biggest problem with the album is that it is overproduced and it’s a shame. Rilo Kiley has both the vocal and lyrical power to pull off an incredible record without ever touching a computer. Although I must say. I am REALLY curious to see how most of these songs will sound play live.

  39. fatso  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    alan, i take your point that people have specific expectations for rilo kiley, and that to some extent we’re a little thrown off by how different this record is. but i just don’t think it’s good music… period. the lyrics are awful, and the instrumentation is bland. maybe i need a few more listens, but it doesn’t seem to have any of the nuances that made their earlier work so interesting.

  40. evelyn bateman  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    This definitely doesn’t stand up to repeated listenings, unfortunately.

    It seems like they’re going to break up soon, anyway.

  41. Snick422  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    For all you disappointed Rilo Kiley fans, get The Watson Twins’s album, Southern Manners. It’s, in one word, awesome.

    When’s the new Morrissey come out?

  42. Sm0ke  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    It would seem RK attempted a concept album … and failed. There are 3 or so really solid songs though.

  43. bigphil  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    This an alright album. Save for the opening track, “Silver Lining” this doesnt sound at all like the original Rilo Kiley, not even from the More Adventurous era. I’ll still buy it. After all, the album is 7.99 at Best Buy under the “find ‘em first” label, so i won’t (really) regret shelling out cash for this. At least it’s better than the 2nd Elected album.

    By the way, judging from the reviews (which have all been 4stars or above for this album thus far) and the articles/publicity it seems like the label is trying to get them to “break” here in the states. i don’t really have a problem with that as long as their albums are GOOD. this one’s just okay. AND it’s short (37 minutes!)

  44. bigphil  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    By the way, Rilo Kiley are VERY good live (I saw them in Pomona back in 2004), so I can see this album sounding much better in that format.

  45. Stephen  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    I thought the 2nd Elected album was great. This album doesn’t seem that terrible either. Maybe I just have bad taste.

  46. John  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    not as good as More Adventurous

  47. I love “the moneymaker” cuz it was very simplistic but absurdly catchy. Seriously I couldnt get that song off my head for weeks
    the album is good, not their best one, i think is one of those albums that has really great songs at the beginning and it just gets steadily worse by the last song.
    Love the first track, silver lining.
    but i deft. stay with more adventurous and the execution of all things.

  48. nancydrew77  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    I saw Rilo Kiley open for the Breeders in Pomona at the Glass House around 2001 or 2002…can’t remember but they were awesome and very unpretentious. Loved ‘em but this album is shite. They’re trying to get a wider audience with this album? Really? I don’t get it. Is that why Spin or some other mag is trying to compare them to Fleetwood Mac?

  49. BNEWB  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2007 0

    This album is not back but it is ALL OVER THE PLACE.

    I really feel like creatively it can’t decide what it wants to be.

    There’s also such an over-riding feeling of Camp with a capital C. It’s delightful, but it feels very hollow. Jenny’s sexy, but not sultry.

    This is to Rilo Kiley as “Somebody’s Miracle” is to Liz Phair. Catchy and a nice experiment, but not much meat.

    I like it, but I don’t love it.

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