It's a real shame that this outstanding Californian band broke up in 2007. It was probably the hubris that drove singer Jenny Lewis to a solo career. Of course the band lived mainly from their voice, their subtle eroticism, but also from their stunning intellect. The bottom line, however, is that the four Rilo Kiley albums, all of which are successful, are contrasted by three Lewis records that are only below average. This compilation of B-sides and unreleased songs from the archives shows once again how great this group was. Almost all tracks could have made it on one of their regular albums: the restrained folk number "Let Me Back In", for example, the epic wide-screen rocker "A Town Called Luckey" or the cynical, casual "All The Drugs". On their last album "Under The Blacklight" the band moved away from indie rock and approached the Fleetwood- Mac-AOR. Most of the pieces in this collection seem to have been created during this reorientation phase, as they combine everything that makes Rilo Kiley an experience.
Top track: A Town Called Luckey