Uber-twee quartet who once sold songs to Dawson's Creek join Saddle Creek for second album

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Rilo Kiley – The Execution Of All Things

They might be one of only a few acts outside Omaha to be signed to Nebraska’s Saddle Creek label (home to Conor Oberst aka Bright Eyes) but LA’s Rilo Kiley haven’t lost their capacity for self-criticism. The folk-pop quartet flash brazen humour on the title track with the skilfully tongue-in-cheek line: “We’ll go to Omaha to work and exploit the booming music scene.” They don’t hesitate to put this plan into effect with the ubiquitous Oberst doing backing vocals on “With Arms Outstretched” and Saddle Creek producer Mike Mogis giving these delicate songs a sheen that was lacking on their 2001 debut, Take-Offs And Landings.