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Rilo Kiley/side Project Albums Ranked

This list compiles the Rilo Kiley albums from the beginning through the recent release of 'RKives'. Also included are side projects by members (guitarist Blake Sennett's "The Elected", Jenny Lewis' solo albums and work as part of The Postal Service).
1Rilo Kiley
The Execution of All Things


Classic album all around, beginning to end. Listen to this if you haven't.
2The Postal Service
Give Up


Still sounds great ten years later. Lewis has some strong backup vocals. "Natural Anthem" is the most underappreciated song on here.
3The Elected
Me First


First album by Sennett's side group. Charming and fun. Forget the awful cover art. Listen to "Don't Blow It" to get an idea.
4Jenny Lewis
Acid Tongue


A bit overwhelmed by the guest performers, but Lewis is in top form throughout.
5 Rilo Kiley
RKives


A far better conclusion to their career than "Under the Blacklight". Some flops (it is a collection of unreleased tracks, after all) but some superb music too.
6Jenny and Johnny
I'm Having Fun Now


The title fits. None of it really sticks with you, but every track is a lot of fun.
7The Elected
Sun, Sun, Sun


More rock-oriented second album by Sennett's group. "Not Going Home" and "Biggest Star" are terrific.
8Rilo Kiley
More Adventurous


Oddly this is by far Rilo Kiley's best-known album. I say 'oddly' because it has a lot of problems and most of the strong songs are in the second half. When it tries to be whimsical or biting, it's some of their best work, but when it tries to be pop, it falls flat.
9Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
Rabbit Fur Coat


A step down from Acid Tongue, but it works from beginning to end.
10 Rilo Kiley
Takeoffs and Landings


Tries too hard to sound 'indie', and much of the scruffiness seems forced. Still a worthwhile listen.
11The Elected
Bury Me In My Rings


Too slight. "Go for the Throat" is a great romp but the whole album is so lightweight that it fades quickly from memory.
12Rilo Kiley
Under the Blacklight


First, this has four magnificent songs: "Silver Lining", "Close Call", "Under the Blacklight", and "Dreamworld". Second, the rest of the songs are godawful. RK aim for pop gold and when they miss, they miss completely. The awful metaphor at the center of "Breakin' Up" is just embarrassing.
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