Take Offs and Landings

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Take Offs and Landings is the first full-length studio album by Rilo Kiley. It was self-produced and self-published on 2001-07-31 on CD, but shortly after its release, it was professionally published by Barsuk Records. The album has an indie pop rock sound and most of the songs deal with depressing topics like breakups and relationship incompatibilities.

I first heard the songs Science Vs. Romance and Waves and Wires from the Rilo Kiley web site, and, after getting and loving, The Execution of All Things, I bought this album. The first time I listened to it, I didn't care much for the opener Go Ahead, but I liked most of the tracks on the album, and Go Ahead has since grown on me. This is my second favorite Rilo Kiley album, and one of my favorite albums over all.


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

Track Listing

Tracks 8 and 15 do not exist on the self-published release. All songs are composed by Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett.

Track Title Vocals
01 Go Ahead Jenny Lewis
02 Science vs. Romance Jenny Lewis
03 Wires and Waves Jenny Lewis
04 Pictures of Success Blake Sennett
05 August Blake Sennett
06 Bulletproof Jenny Lewis
07 Plane Crash In C Jenny Lewis
08 Variations On a Theme (Science vs. Romance) Instrumental
09 Small Figures In a Vast Expanse Blake Sennett
10 Don't Deconstruct Jenny Lewis
11 Always Jenny Lewis
12 We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try) Jenny Lewis
13 Rest of My Life Blake Sennett
14 Variations On a Theme (Plane Crash In C) Instrumental
15 Spectacular Views (Salute My Shorts!) Blake Sennett

Song Rank

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

Order Title Stars
1 Pictures of Success 9
2 Plane Crash In C 9
3 Science vs. Romance 8
4 We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try) 8
5 Don't Deconstruct 7
6 Spectacular Views (Salute My Shorts!) 7
7 Bulletproof 7
8 Go Ahead 6
9 Small Figures In a Vast Expanse 5
10 August 4
11 Rest of My Life 4
12 Wires and Waves 4
13 Always 2
14 Variations On a Theme (Plane Crash In C) 1
15 Variations On a Theme (Science vs. Romance) 1

The album's total score is 1,036.


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