With More Adventurous, Rilo Kiley fails to capitalize on the promise of its last record, leaving only pleasant-if-unremarkable pop songs. Lewis' voice is as strong as ever; it's just a shame that it's matched with such standard-issue lyrics. These songs (like most songs) deal with matters of the heart, but the band veers into cliché almost unwittingly, declaring that "all is fair in love and war" and then clumsily attempting to bolster the tired metaphor. Elsewhere, story-songs such as "Does He Love You?" and "A Man/Me/Then Jim" turn out a bit clunky, leaving Lewis to hold the bag while the band provides competent but blasé reinforcement. Gone are the sonic peaks and valleys, the oddball synthesizer explosions and kitchen-sink instrumentation -- the peanut butter is spread thinly over this piece of white bread.
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