Rilo Kiley: Academy 3, Manchester
Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 23 August 2007
TO WALK INTO A RILO KILEY GIG is to aurally enter a world of dangerous or illicit sex. Their song 'Smoke Detector' contains lines about a girl "on the dance floor ... not wearin' a bra", along with barely veiled metaphors for sex acts. 'The Moneymaker' breathlessly explores the client/sex/money/power dynamic. 'Dejalo' contains — ahem — unconventional suggestions to revive a flagging love life: "She gets nailed, I get tied ... a hundred ways to keep love alive." With all this going on, you half expect the band to be writhing in lingerie with whips. It is something of a relief to encounter three respectably glamorous females with sweating guys in shirts and waistcoats, who together look like choir girls out for the night with some overworked accountants.
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