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Rilo Kiley

More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute)

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In a sense, More Adventurous is what Rilo Kiley has been building toward since the rickety country licks of 2001's Take Offs and Landings and the sugar-spun indie-pop heartbreak of 2002's The Execution of All Things. The L.A. band's first disc on its own imprint is a startling modernization of torch and twang -- amped up to 11 by rock riffing, lush production, and twinkling orchestration.

Anchored by Jenny Lewis's clear-as-a-bell sweetness, "I Never" starts with gooey strings and Patsy Cline cooing, and ends in a raucous guitar solo that screams vintage Boston. "It's a Hit" adds a shower of jaunty horns to its dusty twang, and guitarist-vocalist Blake Sennett's own composition, "Ripchord," is the soundtrack to a lo-fi luau.

But not everything here takes its cue from country greats. Highlights "Portions for Foxes" and the New Pornographers-style "Love and War (11/11/46)" flex their new-wave power-pop muscles, while Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello infuses "Accidntel Deth" with heartbeat bloops and robot-jerky rhythms. Sure, this genre-splicing occasionally makes Adventurous feel a bit crowded and jumbled, but the bigger, brighter sound hasn't diminished the quirky heart that makes this band deserving of great things.

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