Under the Blacklight (Warner Brothers)
Published 24/08/2007 | 10:09
Rilo Kiley's major-label debut holds few surprises for fans of the band's 2004 breakthrough album More Adventurous, just a bumper helping of the kind of winning country-pop hooks and eye for revealing detail that made songs like I Never so rewarding.
This album's theme is sexual adventure. The furtive Dreamworld, for instance, skilfully evokes the illicit thrill of fantasy, while Close Call confronts the danger of prostitution: "The funny thing about money for sex/You might get rich, but you can die from it". This Damocletian edge to covert eroticism is also investigated in 15, a contemporary country number focusing on the grey area where blossoming teenage sexuality meets rigid legality: "He was deep like a graveyard, she was ripe as a peach, and how could he know she was only 15?"