Rilo Kiley (album)

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Album cover.

Rilo Kiley, also known as The Initial Friend EP, is an indie pop album released three different times by the band Rilo Kiley, first in 1999, then in 2000, and lastly in 2001. Each release shared several songs, but also included some new songs or rearrangements of the older songs. Combined together, they are the equivalent of a single album.

The first two albums do not list the composers of each song, but The Initial Friend EP lists Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennet as the composers of all the songs on the album, however, there are four songs not included on the EP that are on the previous albums. I presume that Jenny and Blake wrote those as well, but I can't confirm it.

I got a copy of these three albums combined onto a single CD from the friend who introduced me into the band. I believe it was already after I had purchased the first two studio albums. I loved the album right away, and, despite it having low production quality, I love the feel of the album. Most of the songs are American indie pop infused with country/western aspects creating a smooth enjoyable sound coupled with pretty depressing lyrics. But, the unfiltered view into the life of the composers is rather cathartic because it reminds you that your missteps and failed relationships are typical.

Status

I do not own any of these albums, but I would love to acquire them.

Track Listing

First Pressing

First pressing.
Track Title Composer Vocals
01 Frug Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
02 85 Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
03 Glendora  ? Jenny Lewis
04 Papillon Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett
05 Teenage Love Song  ? Jenny Lewis
06 Asshole Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Blake Sennett
07 Sword Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
08 Steve  ? Blake Sennett
09 They Say It Rained the Day  ? Jenny Lewis

Second Pressing

Second pressing.
Track Title Composer Vocals
01 Frug Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
02 Papillon Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett
03 Always Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
04 85 Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
05 Glendora  ? Jenny Lewis
06 Teenage Love Song (later mix)  ? Jenny Lewis
07 Sword Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
08 Asshole Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Blake Sennett
09 Gravity Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
10 Troubadours (with Annoying Noise of Death) Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis

The Initial Friend EP

The Initial Friend EP.
Track Title Composer Vocals
01 Frug Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
02 Papillon Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett
03 Always Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
04 85 Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
05 Sword Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
06 Asshole Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Blake Sennett
07 Gravity Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
08 Troubadours Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from these three albums, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Glendora 10
2 Papillon 8
3 85 8
4 Teenage Love Song 7
5 Always 7
6 Frug 7
7 Sword 7
8 Troubadours 6
9 Gravity 3
10 Asshole 3
11 Steve 3
12 They Say It Rained the Day 2

The three combined album's total score is 1,070.

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