The Absence of God
Label: Brute/Beaute/Warner Records
More adventurous indeed. Rilo Kiley's third album found the indie darlin' realizing the potential their alt-AM (plus guitars) coffee-shop rock always held -- commercial success. It's a good match: the professional polish of their major-label debut suits Rilo's "adult music for indie kids" (or, perhaps more accurately, "indie music for the adult alternative set") schtick. Former child actor Jenny Lewis' meticulously nuanced vocals and carefully crafted lyrics warm up tunes like public-radio hit "Portions for Foxes" and dark, buzzy dance-rocker "Love and War."