Tuesday, December 1, 2009

61.“My Slumbering Heart” by Rilo Kiley (2002)

Jenny Lewis has carved out a nice little Laurel Canyon-style solo career in the latter half of the decade, but in the earlier half, she and her band, Rilo Kiley, released three very good albums. The best of these, The Execution Of All Things, was released by Saddle Creek Records and it contains off of the stamps of Mike Mogis-produced indie pop records, in a good way. It’s catchy, quirky and it has something that Jenny’s solo stuff does not – the driving lead guitars of Blake Sennett. On “My Slumbering Heart”, it’s not just Lewis’s voice and slacker lyrics that carries the tune, it’s the whole band. I like her solo stuff well enough, but nothing has come close to the excitement generated by some of the best Rilo tracks, like this one.

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