The Execution of All Things
The Execution of All Things is the second full-length studio album by Rilo Kiley. It was released on 2002-10-01 on CD and produced by Mike Mogis and published by Saddle Creek. The album has an overall sound which could be described as indie pop rock. Many of the songs on the album deal with depressing topics like break-ups, being taken advantage of, depression, parental divorce, self-loathing, bad family life, and death. However, there are a few cheerful songs as well which warm up the mood. Overall, it is a very introspective album.
The song listed as track 12, And That's How I Choose to Remember It, is not actually track 12. Instead, it's broken up into three sections and played at the end of three different songs throughout the album. This is an interesting artistic decision which gives the album a certain cohesion, but it requires you to have to manually cut apart the songs if you want to listen to songs as individual tracks.
I bought this album around 2003 after being turned on to the band by an Internet friend, it was the first album of theirs that I bought. Since then, this album has become my favorite Rilo Kiley album, and probably my favorite album in general. Most of the songs resonate with me either personally, or as though they are about important people in my life. Even the songs that don't speak to me still sound great and are fun to listen to. I think the only thing I don't like about it is the cover art. This was the only album I was familiar with by the group when I first saw the band in concert (although I knew a couple other songs which I had downloaded from Kazaa). This song always makes me think of my friend Kimberly, who I met at my first Rilo Kiley concert and listened to the album many times with afterward.
This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.
|1||A Better Son/Daughter||10|
|3||The Good That Won't Come Out||9|
|4||The Execution of All Things||9|
|5||My Slumbering Heart||8|
|8||With Arms Outstretched||8|
|9||Hail to Whatever You Found In the Sunlight That Surrounds You||7|
|11||Three Hopeful Thoughts||5|
|12||And That's How I Choose to Remember It||4|
The album's total score is 1,896.