Ryan Dombal
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With a strong sense of ambition culled from sound-expanding side projects like the Postal Service, the members of Rilo Kiley reconvene with their most sprawling CD yet. Supported by polished production that makes 2002?s ”The Execution of All Things” sound like an indie-rock field recording, singer Jenny Lewis displays a newfound confidence on ”I Never,” a lonesome R&B shuffle featuring doo-wop backup vocals. The plastic instrumentation of ”Portions for Foxes” strips away the group?s bittersweet charm, but on the whole, the quartet?s More Adventurous approach was worth the risk.

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