The Execution of All Things

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The Execution of All Things is the second full-length studio album by Rilo Kiley. It was released on 2002-10-01 on CD and produced by Mike Mogis and published by Saddle Creek. The album has an overall sound which could be described as indie pop rock. Many of the song on the album deal with depressing topics like break-ups, being taken advantage of, depression, parental divorce, self-loathing, bad family life, and death. However, there are a few cheerful songs as well which warm up the mood. Overall, it is a very introspective album.

The song listed as track 12, "And That's How I Choose to Remember It," is not actually track 12. Instead, it's broken up into three sections and played at the end of three different songs throughout the album. This is an interesting artistic decision which gives the album a certain cohesion, but it requires you to have to manually cut apart the songs if you want to listen to songs as individual tracks.

I bought this album around 2003 after being turned on to the band by an Internet friend, it was my first album of theirs to buy. Since then, this album has become my favorite Rilo Kiley album, and probably my favorite album in general. Most of the songs resonate with me either personally, or as though they are about important people in my life. Even the songs that don't speak to me still sound great and are fun to listen to. I think the only thing I don't like about it is the cover art.

Status

I own this album on vinyl and CD, and the CD is signed by Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Jason Boesel.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
01 The Good That Won't Come Out Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
02 Paint's Peeling Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
03 The Execution of All Things Ben Boyer, Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
04 So Long Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Blake Sennett
05 Capturing Moods Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
06 A Better Son/Daughter Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
07 Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
08 My Slumbering Heart Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
09 Three Hopeful Thoughts Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Blake Sennett
10 With Arms Outstretched Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
11 Spectacular Views Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis
12 And That's How I Choose to Remember It Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett Jenny Lewis

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 A Better Son/Daughter 10
2 Paint's Peeling 9
3 The Good That Won't Come Out 9
4 The Execution of All Things 9
5 My Slumbering Heart 8
6 Capturing Moods 8
7 Spectacular Views 8
8 With Arms Outstretched 8
9 Hail to Whatever You Found In the Sunlight That Surrounds You 7
10 So Long 5
11 Three Hopeful Thoughts 5
12 And That's How I Choose To Remember It 4

The album's total score is 1,896.

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